There is absolutely no way that human beings should exist in a state such as the one created by the smartphone.
We walk around every day with a small instrument in our pocket that contains a virtual world which is totalitarian to us, but completely irrelevant to everybody else.
If we're frequently logging on to social media, then we're obsessed with obtaining "likes" a currency which is actually valueless in the real world, but seems pure gold whenever we're on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram etc. Social media deteriorates our social skills because
now we are all our avatars,
and actual human beings too, but the difference between the two is vast...
Today saw Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg begin a week in Washington, D.C. that will see him under intense scrutiny. No matter how this ends, both his company and his individual brand are damaged to the point that is well beyond repair.
Facebook has been declared "over" many times previously, but this time the stakes are a whole lot higher than just something once very trendy being mainstreamed and then co-opted by bored housewives stalking their children...
“Well, it’s not like it could save the Earth or anything…”
…Actually, it might. Scott Pruitt, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will most likely become the next member of Trump’s cabinet to lose his job. It’s a cabinet in chaos, embroiled in scandal, with Pruitt’s performance just as chaotic and scandalous any any Trump appointee.
There are multiple reports indicating that Scott Pruitt and his allies are rallying to try and save his job because they all know that his time is running out. The only EPA Administrator who could honestly be worse than Pruitt was Russ Cargill, The Simpsons movie villain, and he’s not even real...
You may have missed the Pravda like message of propaganda Sinclair Broadcasting disseminated through its television stations this past weekend. After all, it was a holiday, and the message itself, at first glance, sounds harmless enough.
That's because the words of the message are in line with the core tenets of journalism- fairness, balance and objectivity. Unfortunately, these ideals have been completely corrupted in the real world and only exist in an idealized fantasy. The biggest issue plaguing the media these days, and it has existed for awhile, is "both sidesism."
When you have news outlets like CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC etc. all adhering to a belief that you must present "both sides," on every "issue," disaster and chaos ensues. Facts are facts; there is absolutely point in having "an analyst" or "pundit" on television to dispute basic facts...
Very few institutions in American life have realized the Facebookian style counter-culture to mainstream culture journey that Saturday Night Live has realized. Unlike Facebook however, SNL continues pushing the envelope and testing boundaries these days.
A current exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 N. State), “SNL: The Experience,” edifies the visitor on the roots and history of the 43-year-old television program. The first show aired on 10-11-75, and it quickly established the franchise’s counter-culture vibe, executed on stage by the “not ready for prime time” players.
If Dana Loesch, the public face of National Rifle Association ANGER and RAGE, comes off as more than a bit histrionic, it’s probably because she once was an aspiring actress. Today, Loesch has created a nice niche for herself as the dream woman of extreme gun fetishists everywhere.
However, she’s really isn't more than just the latest edition in a long line of media personalities embodying a tried and true far right motif: Take repugnant and deplorable ideas, but deliver them in a physically attractive package, thus tricking the general viewer into believing such world views are more presentable.
It also fools the idiot viewer into genuinely believing the repulsive stances which are conveyed. See Tomi Lahren, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingrahan, Sarah Palin etc.
Saturday brings the March for Our Lives, a show of solidarity against the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our country. It's also a call to action for the implementation of common sense guns laws, and to thus hold the NRA, the politicians that support them, and the arms manufacturers and dealers accountable.
The main event, much like all the other marches that have been held since January 2017, will be held in Washington D.C. but the motto of the local event is this:
In Chicago We March for Our Lives Everyday.
Unless it involves a new, big breaking news bombshell in the Robert Mueller investigation, I'm tired of any news relating to Donald Trump. I'm more tired than Prince Valium in Spaceballs
I have Trump, especially Trump Twitter fatigue. I'm more fatigued than an obese man trying to run a half-marathon. We are headed to an inevitable showdown between Trump and Robert Mueller, and until we get there, we're all trapped in a vicious cycle constructed by an astounding confluence of factors...
Democrat Conor Lamb's upsetting of Republican and Donald Trump endorsed Rick Saccone in the Pennsylvania special election 18th district is yet another sign of an impending blue wave in the coming midterm elections. It's a heavily Republican district that Trump won by 20 points, and Mitt Romney won by 17.
It's also the heart of steel country, so perhaps a message was sent tonight about those steel tariffs.
We've heard all about the blue wave that's supposed to be washing ashore this November, but it won't be coming unless the enthusiasm gap is closed; and then some. The gap needs to be surpassed because Democrats just aren't as good (bad for us the voter) at gerrymandering...
Gun sense, gun reform, gun control, whichever term you prefer to use, this is the primary issue in America right now
. We currently find ourselves in an extremely pivotal moment regarding this debate, and it appears a tipping point could be coming. Amidst this potential sea change, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif)
and Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr will lead a town hall style discussion on gun violence in America
with high school students from seven different schools across California's 17th district.
Gun violence is an issue that definitely hits home for Kerr, as he was just 18 when his father, former President of the American University of Beirut Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated by gunmen in January 1984.
The event, which is expected to be attended by 2,000 people, will take place at Newark Memorial High School in the events center starting at 3:45pm PT
on Monday, 3/12. It will also be live-streamed on Rep. Khanna’s official Facebook page
Khanna granted us an exclusive interview ahead of the event, and you can listen to audio of that below...