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anonymous text message intimacy.

For the record, I just don’t get this:

Two weeks ago over 5,000 of you posted your numbers here for texting secrets – and last week over 10,000 of you did. By telling your friends about this experiment of “anonymous intimacy” we are growing it into a movement!

Keep spreading the word! (Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg etc.)

1. Email your secrets to the most recently added numbers in the comments section below.
2. List your number in the comments section. (To get more secrets post it again.)
3. Invite your friends to share their secrets and list their numbers too.

Does this mean I am getting old if I can’t grasp the appeal or concept? How is this anything different than something that could be achieved via an instant messenging service, email, chatrooms, message boards (relating to your “secret”), or even a journal. What if the man who shot the guy for wearing a Barack Obama shirt text messages his secret to someone? In the new age of web 2.0 and the dominance of social media, where does the duty to snitch fall – especially without any “therapist/patient privilege” blanket to hide in?

To me, the real irony is: half of those MySpace users who posted their phone numbers for the public to have and use had their MySpace profiles marked as ‘private’ to prevent “non-Friends” from seeing and viewing their page. Completely logical, yeah?

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why so quiet on $612 billion bill that nearly equals bail-out proposal?

The Real News Network reported on October 4th about the most recent landmark spending budget passed by Congress that nearly rivals the $700 billion bail-out proposal, but comes no where near as close in regards to media coverage:

While debate over the Paulson bailout package dominated the headlines, the US Congress quietly passed a landmark $615 billion defense spending bill.  One of the few people to comment on the measure was Chalmers Johnson, in his article “We have the money.”  Chalmers explains to Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay how the military-industrial complex is a driving force behind the current financial crisis and a determinant of much of what happens in Washington.  He also criticizes the omission of the military-industrial complex from the political discourse determined by the two major parties and the media.

It’s clear that the US media has absolutely no respect for their profession and what it is supposed to represent in society.  With the uprising of information and ideas shared across the world wide web, it’s time we drown out those giant media conglomerates on the internet.  Let them have the TV and radio, and let’s all tune out.

Related article: America’s next president will inherit more than a financial catastrophe when he assumes office.

Update: AIG execs spend $500K at luxury spa weekend after receiving government bail out sums of $85 billion

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this is the sound of my voice.

This is the sound of my voice.

And with this, begins my journey into our world’s digital community.  I’ve been fairly intuitive at recognizing new trends, music, and crazes before they hit the mainstream – but I missed all 365 days of the boat cruise with blogging.  The internet and I have always had a fairly enthusiastic relationship. If our experiences were a movie, maybe the internet would be Mel Gibson from “The Man Without A Face”.  But, keep in mind – the internet is not that fancy, little, cursive E that sits on your computer’s desktop.

The internet is actually what we make it.  That’s the concept anyways.  The inter-networking structure comprised of our thoughts, news, emotions, questions, stories, art, commerce – all coming from a variety of sources, with no one part of the network being the sole owner of the massive entity (for now).

Yes, I know – the dreaded network.  That thing you curse when your computer freezes and the tops of your windows become blurred images of their former selves from your rampant clicking, exiting attempts, and ctr+alt+del-ing.  That mythical creature protected by those guys who talk so condescendingly to you when all you want to do is just figure out why tmz.com won’t load – because, dammit, it’s causing you to see Kanye West’s videotaped LAX papparazzi backlash thirty minutes later than everyone else in the world.

The so-called “nerds” of the world built the infrastructure and made it as easy as possible for the laymen to join in on all the excitement.  But, what good is brain with no soul?  The technical components keep it alive (just existing), but the people make it live.  A network.  An association.  Made up of individuals having common interests.  Existing to provide mutual assistance and helpful information.

Never has there been a time when the human mind has been exposed to so much information. Instantaneous news alerts, opinions by the bushel, unlimited access to unheard-of books.  Amazingly, we are only 20 or so years into this grandiose project of ours.  Although the conspiracy-loving, authority-hating side of me says that this just gives “big brother” a better means to keep track of the hens – I think the ability to connect with the rest of the chicken coop and lay our own golden eggs outweighs any downside.

This begins my Choose Your Own Adventure -style journey into the world of internet contribution.  Thanks to those who pioneered the frontier and taught us the game is to be told (and emailed, facebooked, and digged) and not to be sold – well, except for Google Ads, of course.

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