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Showing posts with label internet. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A few thoughts on rape culture

While on Facebook the other day, I was able to observe a pretty good debate about sexism, privilege and how bad is it when you can't talk to a woman without trying to drug her. After watching people argue over this article for a good 3 hours, I finally chimed in. Below is that chiming in. Agree? Disagree? Let me know either on here or twitter.


Seriously though, while it's good that people are talking about rape culture and the epidemic of sexual assault, the conversation is going in a circle. No one wants to admit that they are or were part of the problem. Everyone wants to rewrite history and appear as some sort of angel, and if that fails, deny the very existence of rampant, acceptable and violent sexism. This doesn't even touch on how this intersects with race, income levels, religion, regionalism and American culture at large.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Netroots experience




The other day, I wrote some on my first day at Netroots Nation 2014, and apparently, it was a decent read. With that said, I'm going to use this spout off some more of what I observed during the biggest progressive political convention of the year. Get ready for random pics, observations, analysis and stories in the form of unconnected paragraphs.

Despite being there for 3 days, in my hometown, a few blocks from my current school and in a building that I had actually spent some of my better childhood moments in, I still felt out of my element. It took me a minute to put my finger on why I was so out of my element, and surprisingly, to many people on twitter who don't know me, it's because I was surrounded by nerds. Large herds of nerds and politically wonky people talking about wonky political stuff and splitting hairs on things like proper terminology. Another part of what made it so not my element is that 95% of the people there clearly had the type of money that allows them to take an entire week off, on purpose, and pay for a hotel room and passes to Netroots Nation and spend most of that time hitting local bars, enjoying the food here and occasionally protest the weirdly inconsistent water shutoffs with the guy that plays the Hulk in the Avengers movies. This is a heavy contrast from me actually going to Netroots thanks to a ton of help from some very special people, and in a literal, physical sense, right after applying and interviewing for a second job that'll hopefully become a main job on top of being a full time student.

Being at Netroots, I could tell, that the people there could tell, that I was basically an outsider. I also, think that I looked like an outsider to the members of the media there, either that or I looked like I might make for a good interview because I was interviewed no less than 5 times during my time there. The interviews ranged from the Free Press here in Detroit, who honestly may have reporters who know my face from memory due to their headquarters being across from my school, to the Washington post. When the articles start popping up online, they will be posted on here in an effort to brag about myself.

One thing that I learned about Netroots is that it is fantastic for networking if you're the outgoing type that doesn't mind being annoying enough to just walk up to a random and start handing out business cards and trying to sell yourself as if you're a hot minor league baseball prospect. This isn't a trait that I possess, and I even called it annoying in the last sentence. I don't possess this trait because of the fact that in a general sense, my sheer presence either intimidates, creeps out or makes people uncomfortable. A decade and a half of hard stares, street crossing, weird aggressiveness and purse clutching has basically taught me to not walk up to random white people for any reason whatsoever, and in a room full of mostly random, mostly white people, it becomes pretty tough to just walk up to them and try to sell some of my better qualities.

Speaking of white people; a lot of white people saw a tweet that I sent out during my second day at Netroots. I made a joke about being the only young black guy in the room, and I've been getting weirdly racist and politically partisan responses to it and the responses to it ever since. Seriously, check it out and be amazed. I guess I should also point out, that like America, the convention was pretty white, but not Romney speech white. I actually saw a lot of color once I left the herds of white nerds.

Knowing some people via twitter is a big help as it made the whole networking thing kinda easy and a little fun. As an example, thanks to one person I know via the online microblogging service, I was somehow in a game of political/music/sports trivia with internet radio host and attractive high school science teacher Nicole Sandler, and even weirder I was the guy that knew all of the sports related stuff at the table. One of the questions was such a softball that I had to somewhat explain why I was right about it, and it all came down to my knowledge of the great Alaskan shootout. At least we beat Dave Weigel.

Day 3 of Netroots was filled with meetings, more meetings, discussions, speeches and more discussions. Topics ranged from online harassment to street harassment to building a diverse coalition to an entire hour and a half of speeches and buzzwords and talking points on how to not sound like a total douchenozzle when talking about heavy issues on your website. I may have failed the whole not sounding like a jerk thing, but then again I'm a man with bitchy resting face and this adds to my whole intimidating white women with 0 effort, but this isn't about that. It's about the wealth of info I learned during my 3 day experience.

I guess I'll wrap up this oddly long read for my blog by pointing out the obvious, and the obvious is that the whole thing was one gigantic psychological and sociological experiment. I saw a crowd of insanely smart people with good hearts who are still slightly out of touch with the people that they want to help. I saw groups of young innovators trying to change the way we look at, absorb and even think about politics. I saw obvious political hacks who were clearly just there because other, much more important people were there. I saw adynamic state rep candidate who I should have been working for, while also seeing a gubernatorial candidate who still hasn't honed his public speaking skills. I saw a lot of people who needed a hero, a reason to believe, and someone to believe in but no idea who that person is and what the reason is. But, mainly, I saw that despite the ridiculous infighting within the democratic party, there are some people who still have their eyes on the larger picture of trying to win as many elections as possible, and when it comes down to it, that's the only thing that any political group should be focused on.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Netroots Nation Day 1



Stepping in to something like Netroots is like stepping in to a different world for me. This is despite the event taking place in my hometown, in a building that I'm familiar with, which is only a few blocks away from where I go to school, and only about a mile or so from where I work. It's such a weird experience going from my neighborhood, which is marginally famous for having a well known clergyman getting carjacked and beaten in it, to stepping in a building filled with political activists, campaign people, bloggers, podcast hosts, academics and people who I've only ever seen on twitter. To say that this is different from my daily life is an understatement. I guess I'm saying that I was out of my element.



I was surprised at how quickly I was able to get my pass and proceed to the nerd-heavy festivities. I spent maybe the first hour or so just observing people, and one thing became apparent to me: No matter how fancy and connected someone is, they will always grab as many free snacks as possible. I got to sit down and hang out with people representing the Michigan Democratic party and they were surprisingly down to earth for people who have an insiders view on people who could do huge things in not only this state, but the country and world at large. This was followed by me meeting a person that I had followed on twitter for a couple of years. To say that I was nervous is stating the obvious, but not stating it loud enough. Luckily we're both kinda awkward in real life so it worked out and there's a picture of us floating around online somewhere. We would have hung out more if it weren't for the fact that she had to get back to work waiting on the Vice President of this great country to show up for a pep-rally type of speech. Did I mention that I got to see that?


Around 2:00pm, the entire mood changed. You could see police officers, bomb sniffing dogs, uniformed secret service officers and even a few secret service guys in their classic black suits. On top of the crush of law enforcement was a swarm of local, national and international media. You couldn't take a step without seeing someone from channel 4 or NPR trying to interview people waiting in the very long line to get in to the ballroom to see the vice president. Surprisingly, to me at least, the police were courteous and friendly while searching through my bag for dangerous objects like frisbees and apples. I guess not being in the poor areas of Detroit will get you some service with a smile instead of a sarcastic non-response and possible beating for calling them out on it. Where was I? Something about Joe Biden?


After the room was packed to the gills with people, we waited for an hour longer than expected, but with good reason as the Vice President was on the phone with top officials from Ukraine figuring out how they were going to investigate the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukrainian airspace. During this wait, I spent some time going around the room and see if any local officials were there. Surprisingly, I found my old English professor, who would probably give this blog a C, at best, sitting next to a local political consultant. I should point out that she is a former member of city council. I was also interviewed by a reporter from the Detroit Free Press during the wait. After alerting the crowd as to why he was late, what he was doing, what he thinks may happen next and his feelings on the matter at hand, he got down to the meat of a speech which was more pep rally than serious policy debate. He touched on issues ranging from increasing manufacturing in this country to gay rights to the immigration issues in America. And what prompted him to jump in and talk about trying to get something done about the immigration crisis was a group of people demanding that the Obama administration "Stop deporting our families!". I found it reassuring that Joe agreed with them, even when some in the crowd got annoyed at them for having the nerve to heckle the Vice President. After that it was more hyping the crowd up and trying to get everyone in a better mood despite the awful news of the day, and with the closing of that speech, came the closing of my day at Netroots.



To sum up my day, I had fun, I learned a lot and I got to network with some people while getting closer to an elected official than I had been in years and I even got harassed by a white guy who said that I don't care about black people. I'll try to do another one of these tomorrow, and hopefully it wont suck.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Midnight Distraction

Netroots Nation 2014 is taking place in Detroit this week and that means that this city is going to be flooded with outsiders. As with any big event, or even just a normal day in the city, there are tons of people eating at tons of places and with the invention of apps that let you review everything, you can let everyone know of your experience. With that said, it looks like Mark had a great time at A&W.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

No longer neutral

Considering that this is a website, I have done a surprisingly small amount of posts about net neutrality. In fact, until I search through all 1700 on here and find relevant content, I'm gonna say 0 posts. With that said, net neutrality is important to everyone. No one wants to live in a world where there's a slow lane online and a slower lane. Hell, we already rank behind Estonia when it comes to download speeds despite paying the most for internet access. Combine this with the fact that in America, our internet providers are basically borderline illegal monopolies that have a record of awful customer service, and it becomes easy to see why the FCC's move to end net neutrality is hot garbage. Don't take my word for it. Listen to John Oliver rant about it for 13 minutes and follow that up by commenting on the FCC's page about how ridiculous they are.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I need your help!

If you've been on here lately, you may have noticed that I've actually posted a couple of posts within the last week. Well, here's another one, and it's pretty big. I'm trying to get in to Netroots Nation 2014, which happens to be taking place in an area that I know very well. All I need from you is a vote and you can do that by clicking on the photo below.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Random Thoughts

I'm supposed to be working on English homework but for the life of me I can't think of what to write. So to clear my brain and get things going the right way, I'm going to write out some random thoughts that have been bugging me that are entirely too long to tweet.

1. I should just get a loan and use the money to outright buy a house. It's not really that expensive in Detroit.

2. Expanding on that first thought... Why do so many people here blow their tax returns on things like Cartier frames and rims that don't even fit the car that they're driving when you can literally buy the mostly fine house down the block and never have to pay rent again? I don't get that at all.

3. What's the deal with every single of my classes this semester giving me a writing assignment? Even my CIS class wants me to do entirely too much writing on things not related to computers.

4. It is never OK to ever compare anything to slavery unless it's actual slavery. I get pissed off when people compare shitty jobs or a mother in law that shorted them after spending all day helping them move to slavery.

5. You probably can't compare things to the Holocaust either. Nothing that happens on your iPad will ever reach the level of a genocidal maniac trying to exterminate most of his own country.

6. People who complain about the lack of a white history month should not be allowed to speak to adults in America. Especially considering that white people make up around 70% of the American populace and everyone else combined makes up about 30%.

7. I don't actually know my lineage. I know that I have some English and Irish(on my mom's side) in me but since I'm obviously black that means that I'm of African descent. I don't know which parts of Africa I come from and that bugs me. My niece who's considered "mixed" will have an easier time finding out at least half of her lineage thanks to the fact that her dad's side is totally Irish.

8. The racial double standard in America is astonishingly clear and noticeable when you compare the debates surrounding Richard Sherman's excited post-game interview to the debates surrounding Justin Bieber driving drunk and drag racing through a neighborhood. The fact that a guy with a masters degree from a prestigious university is a thug for not cursing while yelling during an interview but a public urine enthusiast and vandal with a known drug problem is a misunderstood kid for coming very close to killing several people tells me everything I need to know.

9. I have a hard time watching cable news due to the fact that it's mostly a circle jerk for the people that work there.

10. Speaking of awful journalism, I don't get the fandom surrounding Glenn Greenwald. He has views that I agree with but it's too easy to spot the obvious bullshit in a lot of his articles and on top of that he's thin skinned. Kinda like Kanye West working for a newspaper.

11. Ray J was always an awful singer and I don't think that America should ever forgive him for making Kim Kardashian famous by having boring sex with her. I know I wont forgive him.

12. No one in America gave a shit about the deficit until a black man was placed in charge of white people's money. It has to be weird being a white person who has never even had a black supervisor to be living in a country with a black president. If we really cared about the deficit we'd get rid of no-bid government contracts, cut the budget for congress, invest in renewable energy and get rid of private prisons altogether seeing as their a gigantic waste of taxpayer money.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Battle for Christmas!



During the last few days there has been a big debate over what color Santa should be. Is he white? Can he be another color? Is he real? Does the idea of a non-white Santa threaten white people in some way to the point that they have to keep reinforcing that Santa is white? These are the questions that should be and are being asked. In the clips below you'll hear some of the best conservatives in America discuss the implications of making Santa anything other than a white man. Something tells me that Rush and Bill O'Reilly wont be cheering for Mark Henry"Good Santa" during the WWE's battle for Christmas on next Monday's episode of "RAW".




Friday, February 22, 2013

Midnight Distraction

I have not done one of these in a very long time and it's time to change that. I figure that I should change that in a big way. I have on a few occasions before mentioned things about strippers and their varying degrees of sex appeal. I've even on a few special occasions mentioned a few things about porn....such as a former senatorial candidate being a dead ringer for a notorious porn star. Now I'm giving you everything you have ever wanted to know about the porn industry. This ranges from common names,career lengths and bra sizes to exactly how long will it take for you to get a new porn starlet to perform certain sex acts on film. Click on the picture below to get even more in depth.



Saturday, May 26, 2012

Just Killing Time Here

Baseball season is in full swing and despite my Tigers currently underachieving by a lot,the game is still fun. Did you know that a lot of college baseball teams are currently in the playoffs? Indeed they are and the action is great. Check out this amazing game-saving/game winning catch by Derrick Salberg of Lower Columbia College. Watch as he robs a guy of a 2 run homer that would have tied the game.



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Just Killing Time Here

One thing that has always bugged me is the fact that so many people believe in conspiracy theories. These theories run the gamut from things like the teletubbies secretly being gay to Obama faking his birth in Hawaii to Jay Z and Elton John being members of the Illuminati who are here to brainwash us with hypnotic pop and hip hop melodies. Basically what I'm saying is that most of these theories are dumb. They're dumb because the people who believe them spend all day looking at things that aren't there and totally miss the ridiculousness that is out there for everyone to see on a daily basis. Luckily Jay Smooth has decided to do a video that touches on the new,hot conspiracy and in the process articulated my thoughts on conspiracy slightly better and funnier than I could do in this blog posting. Enjoy the video.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Midnight Distraction

If there's one thing I love more than winning,it's horrendous music. I'm literally able to listen to Soulja Boy and not shoot myself from the awfulness of his lyrics. I'm able to listen to "Friday" by Rebecca Black and not go off the deep end. What I'm saying is that bad music doesn't bother me. In fact it kinda amuses me. With that said here's another to add to the prestigious list of awful music videos to be featured on this site. Check out some hot problems.




Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Afternoon Distraction

If you've been online during the last couple of weeks you may have noticed a pretty hilarious tumblr page getting a lot of mentions around the internet. That page is called "Texts from Hillary" and it chronicles a fictional series of hilarious texts between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a whole host of random people ranging from President Obama to President Clinton to sending a somewhat rude but hilarious text to Sarah Palin. Now it seems that Hillary Clinton has actually decided to join in on the hilarity and this bit of awesomeness is your afternoon distraction. Click on the photo below to see more.


Monday, January 30, 2012

If you missed it




If you were one of the people to miss it earlier,the president sat down for an interview with Google+ users. In this 50 minute long interview the president answered questions on a range of issues. Issues ranging from the importance of social media to taking a look at one man's resume'. To see the entire question and answer session,click on the video below. Oh and near the end of the video some idiot asks the president to do a jig. If you don't want to search for the exact spot,click here to see the idiotic question.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Picture of the day

Not too long ago,I posted about how you could get involved and help show congress the light on a couple of horribly written anti-piracy bills. What I failed to mention is that the bill was co-sponsored by Texas congressman Lamar Smith. This is important because as the picture below explains,he would actually be in violation of his own law if this bill passed. Look and be amazed by this fact. Oh and there's a long list of congressional members violating the Protect IP Act too.

SOPA Opera

If you've been on the internet at all today you may have noticed many big websites shutting down in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act. This includes Wikipedia,Reddit and dozens of others. Of course they aren't the only ones who are upset at this well intentioned but badly written and broad law. In fact you have everyone from normal everyday people,to members of the video game industry and members of congress who oppose it. Of course not every member of congress opposes it but if you're one of those people who want an internet that isn't always under threat of being shutdown just because Sony doesn't like the idea of you having a Lady Gaga song in the background of your youtube video where you fall on your face trying to beat a game on your Xbox,you can click on the photo below and get in touch with your local member of congress. You can do that right after this short video by a group of video game makers about why they in particular don't like it.




Now with that said,earlier today I found out via twitter that republican senator Mark Kirk has come out to oppose SOPA's partner bill PIPA which is basically the same thing but the senate version. You should reallylearn about PIPA. To see who's supporting the bill,who's against it and what you can do about it,click on my member of congress.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Afternoon Distraction

Did you know that Regis Philbin held the world record for most time in front of a tv camera? Well now you do and that little bit of trivial pursuit-like knowledge now has this site getting hits from facts and chicks. Yes,I feel good about that little accomplishment.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

following up

Earlier today I kinda sorta wrote about the new anti-piracy bills that congress is currently considering. I want to thank all 6 of you that read it. Now that the day is finally off and running and it's not 3am anymore I'm starting to find out how some members of congress feel about this bill. So far I've found out that Nancy Pelosi isn't in favor of it.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Afternoon distraction

By now the entire world knows about the occupy wall street movement and the massive protests that have been taking place all around the country. How can you not know when it's on tv everyday and with what happened at the protest in Oakland,California the other day. What we don't get to hear enough of is the plight of the true victims in this American "economy". I'm talking about the top 1%. The same people who only control a measly 43% of the nations total wealth. Just because they've seen their income increase by 275% since right before Ronald Reagan took office doesn't mean that they aren't hurting. Thanks to our socialist president there may be a slight increase in taxes on millionaires and billionaires. I don't think "president" Obama realizes how much money it costs to by a private jet to fly your butler on while you're flying on your own newly renovated private jet. He and a lot of other people in this country just don't get it. Luckily for us there are a group of upstanding citizens that understand the indignities that the wealthy among us have to face. They are the 1% and they have a message for the rest of you losers out there.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

making moves

I'm going to try to make this very,very short and sweet. I know that during the last few months I haven't been updating nearly as much on this site. Of course there are a myriad of personal reasons behind that,that happened to be out of my control. As for the future I will still be on this site trying to reach my eventual goal of 500,000 hits a week but I'll also be doing something else entirely while doing this. What I will be doing is writing a news column for a new hip hop site. So if you're into rap music,particularly from the south and you want new videos,mixtapes,random downloads and every tiny bit of breaking news you should be clicking on the photo below.