This week, we have two very special young men who forgot, that they no longer can say what they think. It’s now becoming almost an epidemic among the young and old, this speaking out against our government, and is causing our benevolent government, who only wish to protect and defend us, quite a headache.
We saw in my last post that a young soldier talked against the military on FACEBOOK, and got put into a mental institution. Last month, Larry Conners, a veteran news reporter in St. Louis, was fired because he posted on his FACEBOOK page the fact that he was audited after he interviewed Obama.
So you see, people are really getting sloppy about speaking their mind about their government on social media outlets, and while our astute government can’t keep their eye on every terrorist, it does catch some of them.
Yes, FACEBOOK users beware; If you have to be a moron and speak against the government, better keep it off of FACEBOOK. (Write an obscure blog like me!)
First: Patrick Brown, was using his intellect and his social media skills to invoke conversation among his fellow students as to how to solve the spending problems in their schools: And for that crime, he was suspended for three days.
A high-school student in upstate New York has been suspended and accused of trying to incite “a social media riot” after he suggested budget cuts for his public school – beginning with elimination of his principal’s job. Then Brown said, “I was called down to the office and told I was being suspended for harassment of teachers, [while] no harassment was ever committed.”
Students and Twitter users posted ideas for to save money, including the following:
- “Cinema, I’m sorry, but really, you pay a teacher to have kids watch movies?”
- “Anime club”
The Supreme Court ruled in 1969 that students have a right to self-expression, as long as that expression doesn’t disrupt class work or school activities or invade the rights of others.
Yes, Patrick was disrupting class work, he took precious time away from the classes. Students and teachers were actually starting to THINK about something other than Porky’s Three. And this was in clear violation of the right of the principal to get paid more than most of the property tax payers in his district, for doing nothing more than showing up and monitoring the young student girl’s skirts on camera. That is really hard and demanding work, and he deserves every dollar he makes.
Second: Cameron D’Ambrosio, a rapper who wants to be famous but lacks in frontal lobe development, (see video below) made the mistake of bragging how much damage he would do to…well just about everybody.
A wannabe, self-publishing rapper was arrested after publishing lyrics on his facebook profile that contained the line, “a boston bombinb wait till u see the sh– I do.” (I deleted the expletive). The loathsome 18-year-old Cameron D’Ambrosio has been held in jail since his arrest on May 1. Bail was initially set at $1 million, which was effectively the same as denying bail altogether.
As the author points out:
Funny, I can’t remember any real terrorists posting threats on the web in their own names when anyone could look up and visit their residences. Dangerous people don’t let you know they’re coming. I’m old enough to remember 2 Live Crew and their graphic lyrics about assaulting women. Not only were they never convicted of threatening anyone—despite the fact that rape culture in Hip Hop is a far more common reality in the US than terrorist attacks—but their rap “music” was legally sold in stores and no state was allowed to restrain it on First Amendment grounds. There few legal troubles only served to publicize their album.
So, the ignorant young rapper, was just being a rapper, and talking shit. This guy couldn’t hurt a turtle on a roadway. We have heard stronger statements coming out of famous liberals, like: “All tea party people should die! Rush Limbaugh should die! Glenn Beck should die! etc., etc., ” I’m sure you remember all the nasty comments about Sarah Palin. Liberals can threatened anyone, and nobody is arrested.
Frankly, this stoned out kid, who obviously is very scared of someone in his high school, made the mistake of mentioning the Boston Bombing. If he had threaten to bomb Fox News Headquarters, he be a free man. He’s be the next star on American Idol.
The man who posted a video against Islam was arrested. But as far as we know, the many artists who portray Jesus as a turd…are having cappuccino’s in the Hampton’s with Barbara Walters.
You would THINK people would learn: You cannot just say anything anymore, unless you’re Joe Biden.
So, who wins the Nobody’s Perfect award for the week?
Isn’t it obvious? Our current Nazi Obama government, who have thrown away our 1st amendment rights. In Obama’s America, you are guilty until proven innocent, unless of course, you work for the government.
And now, for you entertainment: Here’s some of Cam’s video’s. Try not to laugh…remember— Thank Obama for taking this dangerous man off the streets.
Okay…so Joran doesn’t exactly have the slick look of the other internet guru’s. When Tom Beebe (Thanks Tom) sent me an article about this guy last week, I must admit, besides being upset about the “cashless’ society that the internet is taking us, I had not thought much about the other side— but I am now.
So Nobody Asks: Is there a downside to the internet?
Men love to invent…and thank God. For the short time they have been here, they went from clubbing each other with clubs, to threatening each other with the atomic bomb proving that many inventions have a double edge sword. One’s man’s ceiling is another man’s floor, and even Paul Simon would admit that he’d rather be a hammer than a nail.
While the sheer genius of the atomic bomb can be marveled at…the world is now in continuous fear of the next ‘nuclear’ attack, and some of us wish that it had never been invented..and did they REALLY think the future consequences of it through?
And so it is with the new digital technology–like the atomic bomb it is having a downside effect. With all the wonderment that has come with the ease of home computers, there is a man who is pointing out, that it could be the destruction of us all.
And that’s where Jaron Lanier comes in. Jaron was a Silicon Valley digital rock star. He was a pioneer and publicizer of virtual-reality technology (computer-simulated experience. ) and knew all the big guys; Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg, —-Google, Facebook, etc…and he is so upset about what he has created, he is going around the world and warning the rich guys…of what he calls, “digital Maoism.”
Jaron Lanier, calls this “digital Maoism” indicting “internet intellectuals” like Facebook and Google of being “spy agencies.” He wants to subvert the “hive mind,” as the web world’s been called, before it engulfs us all, destroys political discourse, economic stability, the dignity of personhood and leads to “social catastrophe.” Instead of an ever-upward enlightenment, it is just as likely, he argues, that the crowds will devolve into an online lynch mob.
And who could deny this? Remember how excited Obama was about the Arab Spring? Remember how it was declared that the whole thing came about because of FACEBOOK? Without FACEBOOK the riots would not have evolved. But what came of that? While Zuckerberg was taking victory laps with Obama’s plans to get rid of Mubarak, a huge vacuum was created and the Muslim brotherhood jumped into that hole, and took the reigns of power, leaving the ‘useful idiots” staring at their cell phones and wondering what the hell happened.
And Jason sees this as not a good thing. It’s Mob rule…which is what democracy is, and our founders hated it. He explains it as:
“An enabling and foreshadowing of mob rule, not a growth of democracy, but an accretion of tribalism. But it slowly is turning us into a nation of hate-filled trolls. We have economic fear combined with everybody joined together on these instant twitchy social networks which are designed to create mass action. What does it sound like to you? It sounds to me like the prequel to potential social catastrophe.”
And then there’s the economic side, which is much more damaging. Here’s more:
“I’d had a career as a professional musician and what I started to see is that once we made information free, it wasn’t that we consigned all the big stars to the bread lines. They still had mega tour profits. Instead, it was the middle-class people who were consigned to the bread lines. And that was a very large body of people. And all of a sudden there was this weekly ritual, sometimes even daily: ‘Oh, we need to organize a benefit because so and so who’d been a manager of this big studio that closed its doors has cancer and doesn’t have insurance. We need to raise money so he can have his operation.’
And I realized this was a hopeless, stupid design of society and that it was our fault. It really hit on a personal level—this isn’t working. And I think you can draw an analogy to what happened with communism, where at some point you just have to say there’s too much wrong with these experiments. So by taking value off the books, you’re actually shrinking the economy.” whoever has the biggest computer can analyze everyone else to their advantage and concentrate wealth and power. [Meanwhile], it’s shrinking the overall economy. I think it’s the mistake of our age.”
Since Jason is a musician also, he sees the damage here. Gates, Jobs, Zuckerberg, they just don’t get it because the ONLY job they ever had was creating the internet. But when you’re a musician you dream of the hit record, and with free downloads…the monetary rewards of original music went out with the proverbial free downloads onto your hard drive.
And not just musicians…the whole print industry has been changed: thousands of newspapers and magazines have shut down. Think of how many journalists have lost their jobs. And SO much misinformation is put on the internet, it’s hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t.
Many of our schools are getting rid of books, and giving the kids IPADS. They have stopped teaching cursive writing…texting will become so big in the future, that future generations will not even know how to make a complete sentence. Already in China, the kids are forgetting how to read, because all they do is text. Not to mention the waste of time everyone spends on their computers.
AND…when everything is online: books, money—- all that you do and say will go to the few people who run the world and who will have the power to completely control every single thing. Jaron is right. Jason even goes so far as to blame the housing crash on the internet:
“The rise of networking has coincided with the loss of the middle class, instead of an expansion in general wealth, which is what should happen. But if you say we’re creating the information economy, except that we’re making information free, then what we’re saying is we’re destroying the economy.”
To my mind a over leveraged unsecured mortgage is exactly the same thing as a pirated music file. It’s somebody’s value that’s been copied many times to give benefit to some distant party. In the case of the music files, it’s to the benefit of an advertising spy like Google [which monetizes your search history], and in the case of the mortgage, it’s to the benefit of a fund manager somewhere. But in both cases all the risk and the cost is radiated out toward ordinary people and the middle classes—and even worse, the overall economy has shrunk in order to make a few people more.”
We read of online bullying leading to teen suicides in the United States and, in China, there are reports of well-organized online virtual lynch mobs forming…digital Maoism.”
You know, too many of us know someone who has been grieviously hurt by the internet. I know a man whose girlfriend got mad at him, and went online to FACEBOOK and told all kinds of horror stories to their whole network of friends, and it even got back to his work. They were lies, and somehow he forgave her, and they made up, but the damage had been done. This is happening to millions daily. There is no recourse in court….in fact the law can’t keep up with it.
And if you think that the powerful people will think twice about hurting society, remember the story of Zuckerberg. When he first invented FACEBOOK as a student, he put up a very demoralizing contest and rated all the women on his campus as “ugly” or “cute” and everyone on campus got to have fun putting down women. Typical liberal. He was old enough to have a moral compass, but he had none.
It was…disgusting….and yet, Zuckerberg was forgiven for such an insidious prank because he was a genius. The question is, when these young, rich, and sometimes very immature boys work with Presidents, you DO have a Maoism. Zuckerberg has moved to China to avoid taxes.
No doubt Zuckerberg thinks he is saving the world, he’s not like Jaron who sees beyond himself. You COULD say that the internet is a young technology..it will work out the bugs in time.
I’m sure they thought the same thing about nuclear warfare. But unlike the atomic bomb…so far, we’ve been kept pretty safe from it..it doesn’t affect our daily lives. But the internet is working it’s magic every single day. Hopefully…Jaron will make the rich elites think: After all…he’s right…we are NOT gadgets….but like the ‘ape’: We sure do love them.
I hope, that I am going to get off politics for one day and write about the movie, “The Social Network,” since I just watched it today for the first time. (That’s me and my friend Pattie.)
The movie was fascinating from the point of —is it right to “steal” an idea? I know something about this since I have gone threw the whole patenting process myself, and since Zuckerman actually, sort of..stole the FACEBOOK “idea” and was TIME’S MAN OF THE YEAR, in 2010, …so what does that say about ethics in business?
The so-called “Patent Reform Act of 2011” will destroy our patent system by setting up a system that disadvantages small inventors in favor of large corporations, makes it easier to infringe patents, easier to challenge patent rights in administrative proceedings and in the courts, and makes it more expensive for inventors to defend their patents.
So, call your senators and tell them to vote NO on the Patent Reform Act of 2011. It’s more important than you know.