Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.
Because this whole “globalization” nonsense is just a race to the bottom for humanity, a senseless pursuit of money & power for the elites, the biggest hinderance to humankind imaginable… We’re selling out to the cheapest bidder and in the process, polluting our world, our bodies and our minds when so much more is possible for us. Our jobs are being sold out overseas where penny-wages are paid and conditions are appaling. We are not at fault because I think we are living in a matrix of sorts, a matrix of corporations and big interests and many people are completely unawares that they are in a system, because of the lifelong conditioning and being so burdened with their living condition and cannot see beyond it. On a greater scale however, things are starting to become apparent for many people: things as they are going bad for the human condition. When we focus on things like celebrity scams & bedroom shams, how blinged out we are to the world, always making sure that the tv is on to whatever, we lose sight of what the real root of the problem is, and how much power we do actually hold. We are bombarded with so much media concentration in our lives and they have a message to sell you. Righteously though, the airwaves and the media belong to the people, not a slowly conglomerating cannibalizing aggregate of corporations.
If you can be told what you see, hear and read, then it goes to say that you can be told what you say and think. And this is very dangerous when it comes to such a prevalent thing like the media being controlled by a few key players. Culture should be made from the bottom up, from the people, not top down like we have in our modern world. How many commercial jingles, television episodes and senseless movies are ingrained into the public mind? Not that movies and television are a bad thing, modern media is the most amazing teaching tool ever known to us. But on a bigger picture, the current mass media saturation does have a hidden message and provides a distraction from the issues at hand. We even have evidence that even cartoon violence reduces empathy, I often wonder why so often we see such excessive violence in everyday shows and the majority of video game titles related to killing. Is it that this reduces our overall empathy to others through repeated exposure? When we have arms manufacturers owning public news and media outlets it is alarming at what absolute power unchecked can come to as we hear of the increasing death toll from both sides of the conflict. We allow this to happen when we blindly follow leaders and their promises. These backroom deals need to stop, for with them we are on the losing end of the bargain.
While the media creates a sensation on the wildness and the dangers of the protest(ers?), amidst tightening security to martial-law like status, the vast, vast majority of the protesters that are popping out of the woodwork are understanding of the urgency of the cause, the need for peaceful progress towards a saner global policy. Our democracy and freedom is non existant with the unfolding situation at hand. How are things democratic when our democratically elected laws can be challenged, such as the W.T.Os first ruling to eliminate the United States Clean Air Act, because Brazil and Venezuela complained because it was a barrier to free trade. Furthermore, the problem is compounded when you think that some corporations are more powerful than many countries, being therefore able to exert their influence over them. The amount of corruption possible and rampant in this system is not what the lord intended for us, be that the case. It is up to us to either succumb to it or stand up and fight for something worth dying for… and the problem is not “Global Warming” or “Climate Change,” and even if it was then the solution to that would not be slow-deathy-by-taxation like we are being told by the mass media. Why don’t you stop fighting your wars, I’m sure that flying huge jets, bombers, carriers, launching missiles, satellites, dropping bombs, blowing up people, trees and places is doing a lot more damage to the earth and air than some old cars and SUV’s are doing-We’re not paying for your nonsense, especially when it involves you planting seeds of hatred, fear and loathing to the world, be it in the Iraqi kid who just saw his brother get killed or the teenage girl who will never feel like she can live up to the images she sees on TV.
Some people will say that we are dreamers and crazy, or that we are young and idealists with no idea of how the real world is, that that’s the way it is and it’s going to be, politicians lie cheat and steal-I need work & pay off my credit card bill and by the time that you’re all settled down with everything you’ll see the same. Well that’s Stockholm Syndrome, where a hostage will identify and sympathize with his captor, plain and simple. In the words of Margaret Mead:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
They understand the amount of blood, sweat and tears that their greed requires and stand unflinching at that, but they are scared because they know that their system requires our submission for it to come to fruition. We have the power to break, or make this. We can have our voices heard, we can give them as little of our money as possible, we can refuse to submit and take a stand, for the people who did so before and the generations that are yet to come. We can educate ourselves and reclaim what is rightfully ours-freedom!
I created this blog to share my ideas and inspiration with the world: Who could pass up such a wonderful medium to organize, share, mull over and generally build on ideas, concepts, movements and whatever.
I hope my findings and insights may help in any way possible. One of the things that make the Internet so great is the collaboration that it can foster. This is certainly a fantastic time to be alive: we are seeing innovation and technology grow in such dynamic and earth–changing ways in an increasingly compounding and quickening process. While not all of this technological innovation and change is necessarily healthy for the planet, we are awakening from our unwillingness to match the consequences of our actions to the fact that we only have one home and we each share it… we are rediscovering just how intertwined and co–dependent life is on our terrestrial–home and the internet is helping spread the word, change policies, solicit input from the public, elect real leaders and countless other things which within a generation will likely become the defacto way of doing things.
We are on the bandwagon, but this bandwagon can be steered by the voice of the many as opposed to the voice of the few, however we are seeing a movement to have the web made into a more tier-like structure. Can we really let something with so much potential be stricken of its promise? Once you open the door to giving priority to the highest bidder, the playing field is tipped and the common individual is left without a voice. Culture is created from the bottom up, and not spoon fed top down from the media, or at least should be. The Internet is enabling desktop publishing to a whole new scale, and it is moving far beyond family pictures, band reviews and how-to guides… We’re knitting a giant mosaic that can aid in fixing the worlds problems. Call me an idealist/dreamer but I have a lot of hope for humanity, and just because it’s always been a hard, dog-eat-dog violent struggle throughout our history, it ain’t got to be like that!