Wondering Out Loud

You say you want a revolution

Do any of you read Justin Kownacki? You should.

He wrote a post last month calling for a rebellion. Not an armed insurrection for the overthrow of government, rather he wants the his generation to take social media back (I didn’t know it was taken away) from those (like me) who use it for profit and use it, instead, as a catalyst for cultural change. A Woodstock for today. The Summer of Love revisited:

Social media is still locked in the hands of the technophiles and the marketers, who focus on mechanical and business applications.  They’re either unwilling or incapable of creating true cultural change, seeking instead to find practical ways to use these tools for financial profit.  And that’s functional, but it’s not the kind of sociological earthquake that’s going to define a generation — unless we become defined as the generation who’d rather consume than create.

I understand what Justin is getting at. The internet is the most powerful distribution engine ever created. Like radio and TV before it,  but with copious amounts of digital steroids injected, the WWW has opened up a new world of sharing news, information and opinion and has shattered the barriers to entry. Any garage band with aspirations for greatness can find an audience without the aid of a manager or recording contract. Any writer can satisfy their passion through blogging. Any budding director can film  – old school I know – edit and distribute their work and not have to deal with the politics of Hollywood.

Although Woodstock is considered the defining event of the Baby Boom Generation, the phenomenon of 500,000 people spending three days stoned in the mud listening to great music did not change the culture.  It was, however, one of several pieces that came together to make a dramatic and lasting impact on the cultural make up of the USofA. In fact, the cultural change Justin is seeking might have already taken place.

Like the cultural shifts of the 1960’s and 1980’s, the ingredients for a movement were in place in 2008, but a catalyst was needed to turn the potential into the kinetic. In the 60’s it was Vietnam, in the 80’s it was Reagan and in 2008 it was President Obama.

Last November, Barack Obama rode a wave into the White House. It was a wave built using social media to distribute, and make viral the candidate’s message and the messages of his supporters. Where Kennedy used television, Obama mastered the Internet to build a coalition of supporters that would assure his victory.

Only history will tell if his election was a defining moment of a generation, or one ingredient in a larger dish of cultural change. Either way, change is not an item on a menu to be ordered when one is in the mood and, more often than not, we can only recognize it and its impact through the lens of history.


September 8, 2009 Posted by | Marketing, Social Media | , , | Leave a comment

Bristol Palin is pregnant

It’s true.  I heard it from several reliable sources. 

What I also heard, on Twitter and elsewhere, is uncontrolled laughter by those on the Left who find it hilarious that a pro life, abstinence teaching candidate for VP finds her 17 year old daughter pregnant. 

At the core of their laughter is their belief that those of the religious right who are rallying to Sarah Palin’s defense are being hypocritical.  See the religious right, and many others, believe sex out of wedlock is not only wrong (for many reasons) but that it is also a sin. And, the Left’s logic concludes, if one believes something to be a sin, if one hates the act, then one must hate the sinner/actor. One must drive them into exile, shun them from society, put a big red letter on their chest indicating the committed sin. It’s an example of the simple minded thinking that the Left has made famous. I like to call it vacuum thinking.

Vacuum thinking occurs when someone, say Barack Obama, claims he will reduce taxes on 95% of Americans, yet neglects to understand how it will impact the federal treasury. Or the when he supports increasing the capital gains tax as a way to hit the rich, yet fails to realize that the majority of Americans – most middle class and below – are invested in stocks and bonds and, therefore, will pay a cost for the increase.

Simple minded thinking.

There is a similar pattern to the nastiness going on around the Palin pregnancy. The Left can’t understand why the shunning and exile has not begun.  Why has the religious right not insisted on sewing a big red “P” on Bristol Palin’s chest? Why, oh why, have they not turned their back on one who has not lived up to the values that they are constantly promoting (preaching)?

There’s the vacum: We must turn on those who do not live up to our values. That may work for the Left, but we on the right see things a bit differently. 

Rather than shunning, we embrace others who don’t share our values, or who fail to live up to the values we/they believe in. Nobody is perfect.  We live our lives the best we can, but even the best of us fall.

I hope that when I fall my family and friends are there to catch me, not let me drop. I hope they are there to remind me of our values and the importance of doing all we can to live up to those values.

Among the values the Left is turning a blind eye to now are forgiveness and compassion.  They are sometimes applied forcefully and sometimes with a tender hand, but they are the cornerstone and are on display today in a way that we should all be proud of.

At the same time, the other side of the aisle is proudly displaying their hatred of anything and anyone that doesn’t match up with their view of the world.

Lucky for them those cornerstones exist.

September 2, 2008 Posted by | Miscellaneous | , , , | 1 Comment

The Race Card

The race is heating up and allegations of playing the race card are flying fast and furious. 

On the Obama side, supporters are claiming McCain and his supporters are replacing the racist “uppity” with code when they say Obama is “arrogant, “presumptuous”, and “getting ahead of himself”. 

On the other side of the fight, McCain supporters accuse of Obama of throwing the first card when, several times in one day, he said, and I’m paraphrasing here [emphasis added]: “They’re gonna try and scare you by saying, ‘he’s not patriotic enough. He has a funny last nameHe doesn’t look like all those presidents on those dollar bills.'”

The above is a slight twist on a speech he gave last month.  That time he said [emphasis added], “They’re gonna try and scare you by saying, ‘he’s not patriotic enough. He has a funny last nameDid I mention he’s black?'”

No judgement here, just repeating what’s already public record.

Now I’m going to judge. 

On another front, I heard a radio interview with a self described independent journalist.  The subject was the percieved favoritism Obama is receiving in the press.  For the most part the journalist did a good job of stating his case, but when the interviewer said, “It appears the press is cheerleading for Obama” the guest went off the tracks with his response.  He took one word, “cheerleading” and twisted it into a mysoginistic and racist comment. 

How, you ask.

Cheerleading leads one to think of highschool girls and, when used in the same sentence with with a black man, leads one to think of the stereotype of black men being sexually aggressive and specifically , in this case, sexually aggressive with white high school girls. 

Yep, that’s the twisted logic we’re dealing with here.

So here is the Obama Backer’s dicitionary as it stands today:

Arrogant = Uppity

Cheerleading = black men having sex with highschool girls

I don’t look like all those other guys/did I mention he’s black= (definition to be determined by Obama supporters)

Tell me again, who the racists are? 

September 2, 2008 Posted by | Miscellaneous | , , | Leave a comment


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