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Friday’s Find feels like: when the reality reset button is pushed, refreshing with unavoidable feelings of accountability

On Friday the Washington Post published a detailed report on former President Obama’s efforts to retaliate against Russian president Vladimir Putin for hacking the 2016 election and warn the country that the election was vulnerable to such hacking. The report retells how an envelope was delivered to the White House from the CIA in early […]

via Russia Hacking the 2016 election: A 21st century Shakespearean tragedy — Being American

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The tell tale of the well-meaning racist, in denial.

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 They told me to stay off Facebook; this is what a  typical thread on a dreary Thursday looks like,

 

[insert non-white race here] killed a [insert non-white race here], proving it is not about race. Remember, I will quote that red herring of a statistic, which misleads the argument, stating ,whites are killed by cops more than blacks, even though it has already been proven false, just like black on black  crime.”

 

Then I will continue or maybe end with,

 

“well, they [police in question] are prejudice, flawed-filled humans; not like these thugs and gangstas wanting to be victims.”

 

Okay, John. Let’s go over your answers together and make sure we have your logic clear:

 

-In acknowledging the prejudice in some, it confirms, for you, we are ALL prejudicial by nature. A not so subtle attempt to  excuse your own moral prejudices as normal. The individual  prejudice becomes a reflection of the collective self-righteousness. Basically, you are okay with your own reasoning and prejudice, because you see it in others.

 

-Prejudice is a more proper title for the forbidden “r-word”,  according to the massive 150 year study on Racists in a state of self-denial, titled, ” All Lives Matter, *unless you are the bad guys*, Bootstrap Edition 2016.”  Fun fact: White privilege is considered  hate speech by folks in self denial about their racism.

– You buy into, no pun implied, the  “hero vs.villain” mentality. In not wanting to be the”bad guy”, you prefer the “good guy who made a wrong choice”;  consequently, having a knee jerk response in support of that archetype when presented in media.  I, mean, c’mon…. who wants to be the bad guy? or worst YET, seen as the “bad guy”?

 

– Being more concerned with how you look and sound to others, you waste tremendous amounts of energy on presenting an image rather than actually being what is represented. For example, how can you be for  anti-racism, when your definition of “victim”  changes when he/she does not fit the stereotypes supported by your unethical judgments of what a victim is.

 

-Last but not least,  your obsession of what it looks like, rather than what it is, is more apparent when  you see the mistake  the cop made and give them a pass,  but when you see a young brown or black person make a mistake, they are condemned to death.  Thus, it is not about the crime committed, but about the person who committed the crime.. the person who is judged by what…ah yes; your already prejudicial and flaw filled human perception..You can acknowledge the humanity of the cop in question, but not the thug in question. Another Fun Fact: racists in self denial often frame a thugs humanity in support of their just condemnation as consequence of their  inherited “flawed” nature…regardless if the person is guilty or not…

 

but yes, yes,  yes,

 

shhhhhhh, shhhhhh, calm down,

 

 yes, of course Linda,

 

you are not racist, I mean, what would ever make me think that?

Hate is Universal

Hate See’s no color

Hate  has no limits.

Hate is Hate in any language,

this is beyond a constitutional solution…

My heart with the LGBTQ communities everywhere suffering from the disease of Hatred,

my strength goes to those fighting to find a cure.. 

 

 See the entire story here:  http://gawker.com/human-rights-watch-releases-video-showing-anti-gay-atta-1515624864

The realisations that have contributed, as to why I feel lost in my 20s

“I fear being Judged..proof is in my love for Law or commitment to Acting, along with how I compartmentalized my relationships and interactions in any aspect; thus creating a  complex system upheld off of my Fear of being judged. And to look around and realize my society is an exact mirror of this personal flaw, indicates that institutionalization is based on Fear.”

 

” We judge everything; and not the type of judgment that is like ” hey should I eat the poisonous apple or the healthy one 2 feet away?”, its judgments based off stupid shit, that has no life or death bearing; its like it matters only because we Made the issue. There is no preexisting issue, non-human made, that is the reason for war, racism, rape, murder and the destruction of natural resources…”

The Social Museum

We are all on Display. We bare our faults, thoughts, love-life, daily activities on Facebook status and Tweets. Majority of us still have a Myspace. I often wondered, if  another species from another planet were to come and visit us, what would they think about our technology? our dependence on Social media? if one were to create a museum of social media and Cultural relations, would we really be proud of what would represent us? just random thoughts for today…

My Top Ten Revelations while Taking a Social Media Course

As I attempt to catch up on the classwork, this part of the assignment was quite simple to complete. Here are the ten things I learned while taking a social media class in journalism:

1. I learned that internet only gives the illusion of making it easier to get accurate and honest information.

2. I am more dependent on Google search than I would like to admit.

3. I Have learned the definition of an RSS feed.

4. I  was introduced to the blogosphere and my criticism on blogs have lessened over the course. It’s not the blogs that are terrible; usually the authors.

5. I value traditional news and reading the newspaper much more before I took this course.

6. I did not know that the internet age could be broken up into generations; nor have I notice the change since it happen so quickly.

7. I did not know what could be categorized as Social Media until i took this course.

8. I did not know Obama used Facebook nor other forms of social media to gather votes or the perspective of the american people on political agendas. This is a good example of how social media really engrained itself in our everyday use and reception of information on issues that affect our everyday lives.

9. The Tea Party movement with using blogs was single handily the best social-political media weapon I’ve seen this year.

10. I am more social media savvy than I was before; keeping up with the trends of technology are always the best defense for journalists to still be relevant to their readers.

So in Movies, will we see spinning computers with headlines now?

hmmm.. Linkedin just launced a news hub/portal website that is powered by twitter and of course, linkedIn, called LinkedIn Today. I want to hire their marketing team… \

anywho, still doing my curious browsing and seeing if its is another vaulable tool to add to my box of  treausres… till’ next type

or at least with  this topic, till i find something interesting…

In The Writers Basement: Interviews with Jena Perry

This weeks Q&A comes from the website of my class focus which is Linkedin.com The question i posted is:

 Why do you think it is so hard for people to find their career calling or perosnal path? Which one of these imapcts our decision making the most: culture, family background, Society?

The response that  engaged me the most came from Taiese Nevels from Texas. He is a Lean Improvement Engineer at GE Vetco Gray. He stated that:

They all play an integral part in why people struggle with finding their calling either in a career or personal. A person’s culture may sway them not to explore or dream bigger than where they are or even more caustic is the cultural expectation for the person. When you are looking at the hardship of finding a calling the foundation rests on the family background, in the instance of understanding the working of the person’s mindset. How can you find a calling if you are too deeply planted on the family background? Most people stay where they are comfortable reducing the level of exposure to challenging situations which may press them to be directed in the lane of finding their calling. In regards to society, it always plays a good hand in limiting the perceived ability of the person to pursue bigger dreams and goals, that could eventually lead to finding the calling in career or personal. All these factors, play equal roles that impact why it’s so difficult for people to find their career calling or personal path. You only live once so, step outside your comfort zone to stretch yourself, learn something new or just be exposed to various productive successful people. One last note, most people don’t spend enough time with themselves to understand who they are, what their passions are or what really drives them to begin to find their career calling or personal path.” 

As a 24-year-old suffering through a mid-life crisis, this answer resonated with me, because it actually helped me understand why it is so hard for 20 somethings like me to find their place in this country. there are so many opportunities yet we have family and cultural obligations that can either hold us back or act as a navigator on which path we decide to take. I figure, we know the destination; its more so of finding the best path to take. As a single parent, the last sentence in his statement really hits home, because time to myself is so scarce and i know if i had more time to just sit and organize my life goals, my GPS would have been found the fastest route already. The other responses were also equally accurate and they all had a universal message: people need to take the time to find and develop their passions in life. MORE ARE MORE THAN WELCOMED TO COMMENT!!!! till’ next type…

 

 

The Cool Kids Revolution: How Much internet is too Much?

I recently read this article that discuseed the cultural and mental impact the interent era has on teenage kids. I must say that i choose this topic to blog about, mainly because, i grew up in the begining of the online era and am still young enough, but old enough, to see how its evolve and the negative side effects it has on my younger peers. As a parent, it also gives me a glimpse to what my daughter will be exposed to 9-10 years into the future and how I can preserve the precious traditions of good-ole fashion human interaction and reading books. I welcome all to watch this video http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/view/   and here others oinion and expereince of “Growing Up online.”

As I watching this documentary, I began to worry;  quality education is  becoming a luxury for the elite. The more the teenage culture is exposed to a constant influx of media and advertisements, their critical thinking skills are at risk of fading away when they become adults. How can we expect them to make well-rounded, educated decisons, see through the smoke of greedy corporations and be politically aware of their nation and world issues, if they can’t pay attention for more  than 5 mins? what happens when reading a book or newspaper is something foreign and unrecognizable? We are raising a generation of instant stupidity; where the digital representation is more interesting the person it is representing.

The debate of technology vs. education and the instructors who struggle to find a balance, is one that will define how we teach our future generations. I cannot be completely harsh on criticizing teens and the internet; I had a MySpace, Facebook, blackplanet.com account, yet I experience the flaws and positives of being socially active , via the internet. But the key is balance and discipline. We all can’t play Farmville for hours on end and then wonder why we keep seeing chickens in our bathrooms….. ’til next type.