We are in the middle of a power shift in society that is at least as large as that of the printing press. Information advantage has always been the same as power: when the ruling elite has historically lost the information advantage, they have also lost power. Therefore, that advantage has always been defended, often with violence: militarization of information technology goes back to the Roman civilization. By learning from history, we get blueprints of the successful battle plans, as well as an understanding of where we are in this particular cycle of history.
So -- Who do you think was the largest provider of subprime mortgages? yep -- The federal government. Look it up.
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Is that why you fill us with paragraph after paragraph every day, and contribute ever so rarely to comment threads?
Thanks for the shouts Honky Paul. Bet you're happy about all the reactions you get.
And before you immediately respond about how your on the side of right - EVERYBODY thinks they're on the side of right. you can be right and still be a fucking asshole.
For Little Paulie Constant the internet became insupportably vile when people he disagrees with voice their take on an issue. And the little fella thinks finding a middle ground people not him can live with is a conspiracy by the...whatever he thinks the evil group might be? Whew!
Got it. And for the record "politically correct" is among the worst insults folks I know could use of an idea or person, little guy.
Please keep us abreast of this breaking news, because I am shocked, shocked!
My but you're a super-pious fuck today.
90 comments. haha.
Obama needs to read that thread at his next Ferguson press conference to prove how intelligent and caring Seattle people are. haha
LOOK, THERE! EVIL PURE AND SIMPLE!
The point is to wean everyone off of those pesky PCs, etc., and on to pads, and then limit their access via The Cloud, and be sure they are good consumers primarily only doing social networking sites.
People huddle around in group think and when something controversial happens, everyone is a lawyer and their opinion is suddenly correct.
Reddit circlejerk nailed this locally the other day:
" White people protest killing of black man by white police officer by marching through empty downtown area of whitest city in America "
Doesn't really matter - it's freshman level social criticism and political analysis. I truly used to enjoy reading Constant on culture. The transition to whatever he's become now isn't working.
... these more recently years it has become obvious that the Intertubes are a giant Self-Reflector: You search for what you're interested in, friend who you like, Google modifies your search results based on your web-history, you read what you agree with, and rant fruitlessly against what you don't, and the Big Boys just want to sell you something (and will say anything that it takes).
Meh. It's a phase. If asshole racists refuse to listen to blacks. And sexist-douchebags block feminists. And feminists block virulently hateful death-threat trolls. And good sensible people say away from 4chan (ha! a joke! Lookie there!). Well... then they are only just reinforcing their own biases, all the way around the spectrum.
As if Americans haven't been fully encouraged to not listen to each other already... What's happening online is only a reflection what's happening in homes across the land.
It'll be amazing to me if the soi-disant "leaders" of this so-called 'free country' can actually keep it together. Culturally, we're already very, very fragmented.
The big question is: What does it take to stitch culture together?
Anthropologists might answer: Gifting.
The Left keeps spewing vindictive about anyone that doesn't comport to their definition of acceptable (hipster, urban, hyper-racially aware, guilt-bearing, uber-sensitive, vegan, indebted, dependent, etc.) -- and then when the rest of us start to bite back, you get all butt hurt about it.
There has never been a revolution against democratic free-market capitalism. You will deny that we have democratic free-market capitalism because it is inconvenient to your narrative. Where capitalist model stumbles and fails usually has to do with government interference (mortgage markets, healthcare economics,etc.)
In history, there have only been revolutions against over-bearing state apparatus and dictatorial central governments, which you Regressives at Slog keep supporting or selectively ignoring. (NSA, IRS as political weapon, Obamacare, Executive orders, etc.)
The hate spewed on the Internet is folly compared to the danger the "Left" (and its fascist shadow identity), is playing with.
So be careful "Hoping" for the "Change" under a guy like Obama. You are not immune from history. The mid-term elections didn't wake you up. And if they did, they may actually push you in the wrong direction. "The State Can Solve the World" is bullshit coffee-shop talk best left to college frosh.
Most Americans simply want to be left alone. If you don't respect that tendency, you're gonna' make the bear angry.
When the counter-punch comes, it will likely be bloody. And the people who suffer first, most and longest will be the people least disciplined, least funded, least sympathetic, least committed, least focused and least articulate... They look a lot like the Occupy movement, and the parade of douche bags yesterday on Capitol Hill.
Can't wait for c_s to show up and round out the Trifecta of conservative idiocy.
How does one wage a revolution against a currency-type?
Maybe by, um, creating other currencies?
"Capitalism Can Solve the World"(sic) is bullshit coffee-shop talk best left to von Mises diehards.
"When the counter-punch comes, it will likely be bloody. And the people who suffer firs--"
yesterday on FB, a close HS pal started posting photos of the looters with racist photoshops - big bird, e.t., tutus on men. haha. i think he a. doesn't know why its inappropriate and b. just doesn't realize that all the black people we're friends with can see that shit.
did i call him a racist? no. he has prejudices and can't see past the looting.
with gun assholes like 5280 (RIP) there was a willingness to debate facts and solutions.
sgt. doom is just tl;dr.
Michael Brown was no hero, but he didn't deserve what happened to him, either. I understand the anger, but I don't get the looting - especially in one's own neighborhood.
I'm particularly glad Dr Awesome is only lurking these days. As funny as he was, his comments were obnoxious. Maybe someday SB, myself, and Sgt Doom will be gone, and love will triumph in the community. I didn't read much of 5280, the gun control issue doesn't float my boat. But he seemed like a good bloke.
I just ran across this related concept, which may be a useful perspective in all of this:
Worth noting that "sowing confusion and discord" is a very common authoritarian tactic to keep the lower classes fighting each other, instead of focusing their attention on the men behind the curtain.
Did these nerd celebs have their gamergate talking points all prepared and fully formed before the debate started? Hardly. They read the waves of arguments from both sides and realized one side was fucked. They spoke out and people heard them. In other words, the gamergaters lost the argument. The celebs just said what most everybody else was saying, but with more Twitter followers.
It might seem like nobody is listening, but consensus does start to gel. A lot of "nerd celebrities" hold that status precisely because their judgement is respected and their words represent large swaths of the community.
It's call winning. You're supposed to be happy, not gripe about it.
We're winning on Ferguson, too. The old guard holding public office in Missouri is clueless but the rest of America see's what's what.
No matter who the "us" and "them" are, ubiquitous communication is an exercise in public participation and self reflection. We then choose to reflect or generate positive or negative expressions, both equally useful and necessary.
The new medium allows others to access to us how and where we choose to engage them. We are all little celebrities now, suffering the same social ills that actual celebrities have (in most cases) for decades chosen to accept as part of their famous positions.
Everybody should make an explicit effort to seperate their private selves from the social media public self, just like a celebrity, because that's the level of oversaturating engagement so many people blindly dive head first into.
People choose to be "Friends" with people they don't actually know on their personal facebook pages, which gives some strangers an equal social value in that medium as your very best friend in the whole wide world.
Try not to do that.
Create a Facebook fan page for yourself for public social engagement, and keep your personal FB page for actual friends.
If two people are arguing on a street intersection, or on the internet, know that you are not required to be there to argue with them.
There Internet, comment-wise, is pretty much over, with an older study indicating that over 60% of the comments at the more popularly-read sites weren't human at all, but chatbots and various other automated code.
Free speech? I've been blocked and banned from boingboing.net (Mr. Free Speech, Cory Doctorow), whowhatwhy.com (Mr. Free Speech, Russ Baker), huffington post, had my comments completely deleted on certain subjects (said comments were of a technical nature in support of a subject, nothing insulting, etc.) at The Guardian, Raw Story, nakedcapitalism.com, and a slew of other sites.
If my comments, which were informational but vanilla in verbiage, were blocked, then considerably more is being blocked, I'm quite certain.
This subject is irrelevant!
Some people are allergic to nuts.
You've been reading too many Occupy Wall Street St. placards. Federal housing policy under Clinton encouraged everyone to own a home even if their own personal finances didn't support it. With excess captital sloshing around the market, banks made less on conventional loans, so looked to package risky mortgages as securities. So -- Who do you think was the largest provider of subprime mortgages? yep -- The federal government. Look it up. Now they're doing it to the education system with massive student loans availability driving a tuition bubble.
I looked it up, and to no surprise, found that you're full of shit. [pdf]
THIS IS MY SHOCKED REACTION
I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT
There are liberals who don't like Tumblr "check your privilege" anti-discussion shrillheads either.
Do note that several police cars were burned, particularly one right in front of the town hall. So clear political messages were being sent.
""(On the conservative side, I'm sure they're talking about having to unfriend people who were secretly "social justice warriors" or whatever the Republican code word for "politically correct" or "empathetic human" is these days.)""
Tells me that you have not done enough research to be talking about this topic, or are perhaps a little too deep in your own echo chamber. Unless this is meant as some parody?
Let's see if I can help... remember those people ("It" and friends) that tried to get Dan Savage booted from a University discussion? Those were SJWs. SJWs are like the TEA Party of the Left. You can differentiate them from other progressives because they condone and engage in racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry so long as it is directed against social categories they deem bad. They often also do so in an arbitrary manner, which belies their dictatorial sensibilities and modus operandi (typical tactics of intimidation, threats, or 'doxxing').
Also, social justice advocates =/= social justice warriors.