May 1, 2014
commented on A Note on the Happy Woman Who Died on Facebook
Missing the point, in spite of your deep words about humanity, Charles. The fact is we are addicted to distraction. We LOVE to stay distracted because it lets us avoid ourselves. It has nothing to do with being social animals.
Driving is actually one of the better times to check in with yourself--what you're feeling, how your day has been so far, what you're doing with your life, etc., etc. But we are terrified of what we might find if we quiet down and look inside. So: FB, Twitter, etc., etc.
It's not only sad, but it makes me despair about where we're headed.
Dec 12, 2013
commented on "There Is an Area of Town for Degenerates and an Area of Town for the Working Class"
What's so disturbing to me is that all these young tech workers and entrepreneurs, as far as I can tell, are doing absolutely nothing to help solve any of the big issues that face the world: inequality, injustice, war, tribalism, poverty, the pillaging of the planet, etc., etc. All they seem capable of addressing is how to make their own lives more convenient through apps about shopping, eating, and above all, keeping themselves distracted from everything real.
This guy is just the latest, loudest example of Silicon Valley (and Seattle) narcissism. These are the people our society rewards the most these days, so we can expect to hear plenty more of their oh-so-important opinions.
Jun 21, 2013
commented on Occupy Rio
Was Occupy our version? It came to so little in the end. I keep wondering what it would take for Americans to rebel against what is being done to us by corporations, politicians and the uber-wealthy. I see no sign that anyone except a tiny minority is even paying attention.
Apr 20, 2013
joined My Stranger Face