Showing posts from April, 2022

Lethal Emotional Violence

Today multibillionaire Elon Musk finalized his deal to make Twitter his own private company, thereby opening it up as the free speech platform it was supposedly meant to be. I am actually all for that, much because Twitter has essentially become the  public utility for the town-square meta-communication platform. Just as you really need only one energy company to pump electricity to everyone in town, it works best to have one such web network to pump in the ideas for everyone to consider. People will say "Twitter can do what it wants with its own private decisions, even if that means censoring what it wants, and  if you don't like it make your own."  Some have, and, well, they're crap. Gab, Parler, Gettr, Truth Social I believe is Trump's recent attempt. Technologically it is easy to have something like this. What sets Twitter apart is two key things: it is indeed an excellent interactive communication network, exceptionally well designed, arranged, and accessible

They Know Everything and You Can't Stop It

Tonight on the cable television I enjoyed a wonderful Looney Tunes cartoon featuring Sylvester the Cat trying to teach his reluctant son to chase, catch, and ::gulp::  eat a bird who was the boy's friend. It was really fun to watch, good belly-laughs throughout. Whatever happened to those marvelous Warner Bros cartoons... ::sigh:: I thought I'd then tune into CBS' FBI  television show. I don't think I'd watched anything by a traditionally major network (ABC, NBC, CBS) for years, seriously. I thought I'd tune in just to see what these things are like nowadays. I watched about 20 minutes of it and it was what I thought. Standard crime story about an attempt to stop terrorists but now involving a whole crew of young, hip, racially and sexually diverse FBI officers dutifully on the job. Here's the difference from the old Mannix  episodes I used to watch when I was a kid. These guys could find out everything they needed to know about anyone with computer systems.