Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Protests in Wisconsin

Did the power of the people in Egypt at their peaceful protest earlier this month spark a fire here in America. The people of Wisconsin are standing up to defend their union labor right. The bill at hand will limit "collective bargaining" otherwise known as the voice of the people. Well as it seems, it is not that easy to keep these people quiet. Over six hundred people are protesting inside the capital building, including off duty cops! Thats right, the police is on the side of the people not the government (Click here to see a clip off the chief police officer taking to the protesters inside the capital building). Now that is reassuring if you ask me. Just like in Egypt, this is a peaceful protest because it wouldn't work any other way. The outcome of this protest is likely to affect the people in the surrounding Midwest, who's governments are also putting together collective bargaining laws. In addition, the outcome may hold a large row in the election taking place this winter. The previous election ended in all of the Midwest turning "red" after being notably democratic. To read more on the subject click here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Internet Censorship

Does the internet have too much censorship? There are arguments on for both sides. This link raises a few questions about the topic. Who is censoring the internet? What is being censored on the internet? How is the internet being censored? and maybe most importantly, why is the internet being censored? These are all good questions which I think we should all consider. I personally believe the internet shouldn't have to be censored, but I also think that some other things might have to change before that is possible.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Generation

Is the most recent generation too reliant on the internet and media? That is a good question, and one that I don't think is black and white. While some people are able to use the internet as a tool for productivity, I fear this is a small group. The majority of this generation gets it's news from the Colbert Report, and wouldn't know how to spell if a little red line didn't come up every time they get it wrong. The main reason that I believe people are too reliant on the internet and media is because they don't know how to function without it. If one day the internet got "turned off," the world would be running around like a chicken with it's head chopped off. People don't know how to do simple functions or even go day to day without the internet. What happened to the simple things in life? I don't entirely blame the generation for their addiction. This is what they grew up knowing, a world where this is the norm. It is the previous generation that has paved the road for us, and put the systems in place. What did you think would happen? But life moves to fast to consider the future, what is more important is how much money we can make now. Maybe I'm just ranting, but if something doesn't change, I'm scared for the next generation.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

If you were moved by Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth," than you need to watch this film. If you believe issues including the riots in Egypt, and the bankruptcy in Greece are not going away anytime soon, than you need to watch this film. Not only are they not going away, but these issues are only getting worse and more frequent. It is time to stop ignoring our national and global problems, and confront them head on in a logical way. We have the knowledge and the power to save our planet and it is time to make a change.

"Zeitgeist: Moving Forward" is the third and final film in the zeitgeist series directed by Peter Joseph. The films are part of a larger movement to bring social change and reorganize world system. A world not run by corrupt politics, or radical religions, but in logical and proven science. A world in which our systems are put to the test, and if they fail then they are fixed, not avoided. And most importantly, a world in which science would eliminate the need for tedious jobs and money. This may sound like crazy talk to some of you who are reading this, but take the time to watch the film and then let me know if you think it is crazier than the world we live in now.

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Music playlist link

I recently came across this website that allows people to make short playlists, and post them for others to listen to. I enjoy listening to music where ever I go and often will make cd's or playlists to listen to. I like this site because it lets you hear what others are listening to, and what they think sounds good together. Many of the playlists have a theme for why they were made which is also the playlist title, such as "good music for morning classes" or "lazy day dubstep." So if you like finding out what others are listening to, finding new and obscure music, or think you can make a good playlist then check out this site.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Net Neutrality

Internet Service Providers want to treat your phone, cable, and internet as different services so that they can divide and conquer. They want to be able to charge us for the things we use the most, thus limiting our power by hitting us where it hurts the most. The glory of the internet is in its power to widen our eyes to the world around us by blurring the lines and closing the distance that used to divide us. The internet allows anyone to say what ever they want. It allows people to video chat with the other side of the world in real time. And it is an infinite storage unit for knowledge, with links leaving the perfect paper trail. We need to make sure that the internet stays free and open. For a diagram explanation of net neutrality visit this link.

Opinion on Google

I don't know about the rest of you, but for me Google is a one stop shop to find whatever I want online. I'm one of the many people who has Google set as the home page for their browser. I currently use the Mozilla Firefox browser and not Google Chrome, but I have been interested in trying it out. I also use a yahoo email account and not Gmail, but that is mostly because I have had it since middle school. I am using Google's blog editor right now, and I use Google search more than any other website. Google pretty much has its hands in everything, but is that a good thing or a bad thing? Are they just our friendly neighborhood billion dollar advertising conglomerate, or are they trying to monopolize the way we live? So what is my opinion on Google? I like all of the functions that Google provides for me, but I don't like having all of my eggs in one basket. Especially when we have no reason to believe that Google is acting in our best interest. This video helps to further explain some of my feelings regarding Google.