Something that has been bothering me lately is not how divided our country has become, but rather how divided our country is being portrayed through the media and how it affects the national discourse. The more I think about it, the more upset I get about it. When I think back to 2 years ago when a bunch of us got together to campaign for Barack Obama in PA, I mostly remember the feeling of overwhelming optimism. I think this was one of the first times I felt like being just one person was enough to make a difference when you got together with other people with good intentions. That feeling of national unity was something great, and I think we need it now more than ever.
I’m not talking about the upcoming elections either. I am mostly talking about big picture things like getting through the current economic turmoil and facing the problems of the 21st century as an undivided nation. I understand there is money to be made by directing the media’s narrative. I also realize that you don’t get ratings by ignoring some small-time-asshole who wants to burn the Quran on 9/11. What I don’t understand is why in one of the most testing times in recent history have we chosen to A: choose this narrative, and B: let this narrative continue to happen. What happened to the sense of pride Americans used to have in getting through hard times together? I know that WWII, and War Bonds, and Victory Gardens are a thing of the past, but aren’t these relics important enough to look back upon and see their value?
I’ve been thinking about this for a while and was just reading the NYTimes article on the Jon Stewart/Stephan Colbert March for Sanity and/or Fear and was slightly, if not a little more than normally moved by Jon Stewart’s closing remarks. Enough so to write this post.
“We know instinctively as a people that if we are to get through the darkness and back into the light we have to work together,” he said.“And sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t the promised land. Sometimes it’s just New Jersey. But we do it anyway, together.”
I personally think this is the kind of message the American people want to hear. I think its the kind of message we need to hear. I think its much more productive to send messages of encouragement and optimism than fear and partisanship into the living rooms of millions of Americans all day every day. I guess not enough people want to hear it..or we would hear it.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I realize its a complex issue, and that its not just Fear vs. Hope here…But I’m finding it harder and harder to swallow the shit that is spewing out of 20 channels simultaneously on Television every. single. day.
I know juice hasn’t been super active lately, but I am rather interested in a discussion on this one!Read More
This randomly started playing in my head in the shower this morning… thought I’d share it.Read More
Dear Laptop users,
There’s a controversial Firefox plugin called Firesheep making the rounds right now that is able to sniff out cookies from computers on the same network for login information. With a double-click, someone on the same network as you can access any of your accounts at non-secure sites–Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Amazon, etc. If you frequent open wireless networks, you should consider Force-TLS, a Firefox plugin that protects against this.
That is all.
[h/t Brother Scott]Read More
Cool article about the rise of public radio in recent years, thanks to a reinvention of the medium by shows like This American life, Radiolab, and Sound Opinions:
I talked recently with Robert Krulwich, who first joined the NPR network just a few years after All Things Considered went on the air in the Nixon era and now cohosts the public radio program Radiolab, and he remembers those days as filled with invention:
“Radio was dead—it was top 40. All the smarties were at the Times or The Washington Post, or if you didn’t want to be Woodward and Bernstein you went to work for Walter Cronkite at the Tiffany network. This group of nutty people wandered in and said, let’s do radio. We’ll reinvent it. Jump thirty-five or forty years ahead and where is Walter Cronkite? What happened to The Washington Post? And guess what, the nutty radio people have suddenly emerged as the focus for a huge audience. And now they have a little of the swagger of the Timesmen.”
That new joint from Kanye, you heard?Read More
Long story short, I do a lot of work with a woman named Sindy in Germany. She BARELY speaks english, so our phone conversations are always interesting. Despite her more than broken english, she sounds cute, so I googled her email address (shut up). A few minutes of surfing later, I came across this link which was listed on a German site similar to “linkedin” as one of her personal links. One of the funniest things I’ve ever read.
Adam. Make sure you add this quote to my tombstone. I’ll meet you at Olive’s later tonight.
“Your style’s bum; but you’ve got the genius…”
So before you watch the video… it’s not that good. I spoke to Frankie D during open blues jam night, and he said I could come on with him and his band for their next set, and just throw in some heat, nah mean? So I went up there, and as I did, the previous band started taking all their shit away (amps, cables, pedals, etc). A minute later, the stage is empty, and the bassist says “Do you have an amp?”. I didn’t, so the lead guitarist unplugs his guitar and says “It’s all yours”, and gets off stage. Not only was I nervous as all hell before, but now it’s just me, the bassist, the drummer, and Frankie D. My guitar wasn’t tuned, and he had so many damn pedals that I was terrified to try them out. Between the nervousness and the flat sound, it didn’t go too well. I guess it’s nothing but smooth sailing from now on though. I know the rules of the game, so now next time I can bend them, break them, eat em up, shit em out, and rock it off. Elahi.
The light on the floor of my room was doing cool things when I woke up this morning, due to a slight breeze sneaking its way through my open window and past my curtains. I grabbed my iPhone and took a few short clips. I hoped to capture the moment of opening my eyes from sleep, not yet ready to move, and watching the light dance on my floor on this crisp Fall Saturday morning. As a video, it’s not much, but it was a nice way to start my day, so I thought I would share it with you all.
Happy Fall.Read More
Pretty impressive stuff. Whole lotta’ potential with this tech.Read More
This little number rocked my world at the end of the “Fear of Sleep” episode of This American Life.
There is a pretty kickass poem in that episode too. Just sayin.Read More
This is so cool.Read More