Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Facebook's Grid ..like it or not you're on it.

     So Facebook is starting some new graph service where you can search just about anything and get a list of related likes. Want to know what the movie title likes of people on your best friends- friends list because you think she knows cool people, look it up. If you want to know the Religious likes of all the mothers of all of the people on your friends list, just a click away. Want to know how many people in your county supports org's that are pro choice so you can do whatever with that information because you may be some kind of lunatic  you get the idea.
     I'm all for the singularity, the melding of man and machine. I already believe our phones are extensions of our brains. Example: I was talking to my uncle and his girlfriend about martinis. We didn't know the mixture but in seconds we asked one of the many available phones. In no time we had the ingredient list and  the conversation moved on without a hitch. It was quick as a thought. Faster than remembering and weighing the odds that you may be wrong. That is by definition a technological mind extension  Like it or not it is whats happening. Everybody thought it would be the RFID chips that would be the technological advancement that opened everyone's eyes. But no, it's just plain old invasion of privacy that we all invited.
     When it was just for product placement and personalized ad's it was strange but not enough to rage about . Now some might not think the possibility of knowing what restaurants the friends of their family members frequent could do. But when its the people in an area that support a political movement or unpopular agenda a ready made list is available. Some of us will go all private everything, and wait for the need to arise to once again to peel back our invisible layers of placebo privacy. There's always something.
     There's nobody to complain to, it has to happen. It's the natural progression. The ways that we are already connected would deserve it's own book. They are numerous. It's like the evolution of ideas reached a point that the next step is so different than the last that transition is not only noticeable but difficult. Sometimes in history when idea shifts happen it takes a generation for old ideas to almost be bred out of people. This transition to being connected to our tech devices will be like the Grand Canyon. Not watching a small stream become a cavernous carving by the hand of God type of evolution. It's the taking a quick nap by a river and waking up next to the Grand Canyon kind. Ready?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Real Politics Makes abc's Scandal Better

     I think we all can admit that before Obama culturally, (and not because of some inability to understand the issues) a lot of people some black some not, placed politics on the back burner to say the least. Not due to their being no relateable faces. They just added one black guy to the main stage, and he was already an employee. There have been people to look to if politics is your thing. Still most had coaches, teachers, church or rap. Even in instances where people got their motivation to from rappers Chuck D or X Clan, Queen Latifah  or whatever positivity fueled lyricist you listened to back then. You know they were't telling people to run for office. Not even to do dirt from the inside. For a long time to a certain generation politics might have well been the Easter Bunny.
     So Obama makes people like politics? Is that why Scandal is the hit and twitter monster that it is. How many "I cant"'s can be typed in one night? Whatever though. The most important thing is that a political show has people fainting and waiving church fans as they say. To truly take advantage of what the show creator placed before what you need to do is separate the Olivia/ Fitz stuff from secret meeting stuff. Shonda Rhimes had access to information and people, conversations that would get people fired thrown in jail or who knows. 
     The way she puts the story together is dramatic for sure. Justice Sotamayor isn't taking a shot at anyone any time soon. But those meetings that take place leading up to the actual Scandals are what she's emphasizing they're what gets us on the edge. She wants us to know that IS the way it goes down. You cant just blindly believe, things always go deeper. I voted  for him because he was better than Romney not some hero. To some he still shines. So you watch the show and you wonder about the deals that must go on.
     Remember the Debt ceiling (ask somebody that 10 years ago) and don't give me that stuff about, it wasn't an issue they just raised it. You know what I mean. Before it was fight on. And now they want to fight another day? Here's my Scandal moment, Obama's never been tough on Wall Street. He wins the election, talking tough claiming mandates. The whole country knows the Gop want's the fight. But through some miracle oval office meeting. Wall Street calls off their Republican attack dogs to fight another day.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/04/newt-gingrich-debt-ceiling_n_2408764.html Obama continues to walk tall and kill enemy soldiers and their families legally.http://www.businessinsider.com/the-presidents-new-rules-for-killing-people-with-drones-over-yemen-is-unbelievable-2012-4  All while Wall Street gets the Bonds paid off America borrowed without an actual fight over paying the debts. Tough on Wall Street, Eric Holder defended these people for a living. I digress, different story. That had to be a helluva meeting though.
     The show is like a stepping stone political course. Where people left the scene in the in the 70's. Getting back into politics for Obama must be like those people exonerated from death row after 30 years. Things seem different but in the end people are people. Look for the real scandals. Don't just wear your Obama Martin Luther and Biggie as babies shirt, do some thinking. Do you really know what your guy is all about? And do you give him a pass because he's black? Some of us could use a talking to from Harrison. So after you're done falling out after that final scene on the next Scandal you watch. Think of Obama as Fitz, and Fitz was cool til he got alone with Verna.  We don't see far more than we do.