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Jan 7, 2008

Internet provides democratized media

Does anybody remember when the internet first initialized? They made all of these promises where it would democratize us, and we would have the power to access information at anytime. In a sense it did pay off. We are capable of searching the definition of any word or looking up encyclopedias of free information. The web always had a way of serving the flow of the many, but despite all of the great advances the new technologies gave flow of people that undertake them, we still seem to get dumber and dumber. Computers have turned into four figure wank machines, we don't go to wikipedia and look at paramecium, but prefer to youtube's 2girls1cup reactions. Perhaps it's better than MTV's the real world in the sense, instead of taking crap from the media Mongols as it comes along, we now have access to instant crap. And anyone willing to take perhaps half a day to figure out html seems to gain in the profit. So, I could say it's democratized sources of crap, and perhaps webcams can replace springer if it's controversial enough. Of course the most instantaneous popular people on the net are seen by members of the internet that have met with some of their own success and observe that someone can double the successes they've had, by the simple act of supporting the Spears woman. Some people just want a lot of people that were probably moving into a pointless direction to begin with, onto their site or user, watch their shows and read their blogs, with little or no connotation of their actions and don't seem to understand the short length of their success. Similar to Pokemon straight through Tila Tequila, they can't keep throwing ideas at us they have already been done, since we will only listen for a certain length of time to a new and exciting concept.
I just hope that more people take advantage of the opportunities the internet has to offer, and make their voice heard! It is necessary that the input of people needs to be done before the internet becomes another way for the third party, for the elite to indoctrinate to us by removing the stupid majority from this new version of mass media as they say they must. People have the capabilities to say whatever they wish, perhaps they are able to say the wrong things, against the government, or even against western capitalism. I hope that at least for my generation that clauses are set up to ensure my voice isn't infringed.

Jan 6, 2008

Bhutan is probably the best place I've heard of

Well, perhaps there are some other places that are amazing as well (Lisbon is a beautiful city, despite the endless castles my mother tried showing me), but is a place i have heard of recently. His majesty the king of Bhutan personally started the movement of Maui where the government's job is to ensure the happiness of the nation (or national happiness). When I first heard that, I thought what is the point of happiness if not much gets done (a bit cynical, I know), but after some consideration, happiness is perhaps one of the most sought after characteristic of life, and it may be a bit of surprise, in particular to them, that not more national governments seek as a bottom line the happiness of the people they were appointed to serve. Perhaps it is the very bottom line that inhibits us from seeing perhaps the most basic and elemental part of life in a nation, which in a capitalist system is, well, capital. I mean, do the stockholders really care if the CEO of the company that they invested in is a nice person. We worry about wealth, which people have even before the appearance of money, a representation of wealth. It has become quite elemental to our society, so much we lose sight of the important things. The Christmas rush means that the happiest time of the year adds stress, since despite our promise to Santa, we all almost simultaneously lose sight of the Christmas spirit and think about the presents, an imminent part of Christmas, and go on a spending splurge, competing against other shoppers who want to spend more money on things almost sold out. I personally don`t like going shopping anyways, but Christmas is bad in particular, because is snowy, slushy, wet and Wal-Mart sells crap anyways. Perhaps our society needs to be stripped down to it`s bare minimum (similar to firefox) and revamped to try and make it people friendly (or idiot proof). Perhaps I`m sounding a little too Marxist for my own good, but for some odd reasons, it`s the simplest things ever that people need to pursue, yet they fail to do this because of all of the great things they can buy, or people they have care for or buy stuff for. Of course happiness comes with a price. The government has to consider all changes for the nation not only with gross domestic product, but also gross domestic happiness (gdh). The government outlawed many commercial advertisement including all ads by Coke and Pepsi, Bhutan recently in 1999 introduced television, but made MTV and world wrestling channel illegal because they do little to increase happiness. I absolutely agree (not only cynical of the dumb shows of MTV) since channels such as those try to reach people's attention with flashy gimmicks, and collect the money from advertiser that try to reach as many people as they can. But in empathy to what they situation of nation that makes those plans, I become a little rebellious, since I don't feel the government should take liberty over the choices I may make, bad decisions they may be. Perhaps it's a movement we should get in on, I mean the western society needs revamping anyways. Change is imminent, let's just make sure we move the right way.

Jan 2, 2008

let's help africa, by giving them shit!

Ok, this is probably not about africa, but more in a general sense all of the nations or areas of the world we try to help by giving money to charities. (Also for those among you who don't know, Africa isn't a nation, so I'm not going to help save the starving children in Morocco). I do have faith in some charities, seeing that my dad just retired from the salvation army.
Nearly every sunday morning I watch the long, perhaps even 30min+ discussing all of the many ways you can help and how many babies are dying and how you`re a murderer if you don`t give money, or if you`re giving money, ways to contribute to them, monetarily, and give them more money while you`re giving them money. This situation makes me think back to grade 8, when my english teacher (the best english teacher I`ve every had) told me for the first time the statement, "give a man a fish, you he eats for the day, teach a man to fish, you feed him for life". Even though some of you will tell me off, I think that statement hasn`t rung more true than now, when these kids are starving and we get the option to give them some sidekick meals, where it costs more to deliver them from Johannesburg than what they actually cost. Considering a child survives into it's 20's through the food that was made in Nebraska, what is he/she going to do now? I mean without schooling there is little knowledge that the child has to survive and there are little or now jobs available because of the near bankrupt economy. Ok ok ok, there are funds that help out schools or orphanages, which will be considered a good investment in the future, but more focus needs to be put into the loans that are being given to independent businesses in the third world to help business. I think instead of helping the children in the ways that we have, I think helping the economies of these nations should be the first priority, and focus on the tariffs that are put by western nations against skilled materials is just a modern way of taking the resources from former colonies. We think we did a great job by leaving them to create independent nations, but the progress that would be necessary for these nations to exist as long and prosperous societies never happened, and in ways it was suppressed as it is now. This chapter of human existence is considered to be the most important than any, but different forms of suppression where we give the third world nations food and clothing, which is destroying their economies by undermining their food and clothing businesses. This proves that even though we all in the western nations like to pat ourselves as we look at all of the ways that we are becoming better and more socially aware, but I don't believe that the progress of the world in this era is not gonna follow suit in the progress that the world has been doing in the history of man and the centuries prior, unlike historians and politicians wish to believe.