As someone who was born in the DMZ between Millennials (1981-1996 birth dates) and Generation X (roughly early 1960s to late 1970s), I find myself not really belonging to either classification, but instead half-in/half-out with both groups.
As a really old millennial (kind of)/very young Gen Xer (sort of), I find the current lifestyle sea change in our society, i.e. the shift from IRL (in real life) to online, rather disturbing.
One of the greatest Sean Hannity jokes ever, credited to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, took on a whole new level of meaning last night. Hannity is infamous for the flow charts and graphs he often utilizes on his program to convey his crackpot “Deep State” theories
. Oliver described this practice as resembling “an ex-football player trying to sell you time shares.”
It appears the writing staff of Last Week Tonight nailed it a few months ago, because Sean Hannity is literally a real estate swindler. Take it away The Guardian:
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...