Founding social media execs speak some frightening truths

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Current “social interaction technology” (like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) were designed around psychologically recognized principles of addiction according to some of the people involved.

These programs (and video games) are intentionally designed to provide consumers dopamine hits that keep the “users” coming back for more.

Anonymous–This will Change Everything You Know… (2018-2019)

“We live in a world now where it’s easy to confuse truth and popularity. And you can use money to amplify whatever you believe–and get people to believe that what is popular is now truthful, and what is not popular is not truthful.”

“I think that the tools that have been created today are starting to erode the social fabric…”

Chamath Palihapitiya, one of Facebook’s original executives

 

 

A Brief History of Fascism in the United States (Images)

Insert fascis:  a fascis (image by Shawn Hamilton)

Fasces in the House of Representatives, US capitol (Hamilton)

German-American Bund Summer Camp, Long Island New York, 1938 (image by Holocaust History Museum)  (https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/media_ph.php?ModuleId=0&MediaId=2790)

German-American Bund parade; New York City; East 86th St.; Oct. 30, 1939 (image by Wikimedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_American_Bund#/media/File:German_American_Bund_NYWTS.jpg

 

Meeting in New Jersey of the German-American Bund ca. 1940. (Fair Use—Photograph by Otto Hagel from the Houston Museum of Fine Art’s 2013 exhibition, “War/Photography”. https://artblart.com/2013/01/18/exhibition-war-photography-images-of-armed-conflict-and-its-aftermath-at-the-museum-of-fine-arts-houston-3/

German Propaganda: Joseph Goebbels (image by Holocaust History Museum) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels#/media/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_102-17049,_Joseph_Goebbels_spricht.jpg

President John Kennedy and Allen Dulles ca. 1962 (image by Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Dulles#/media/File:Allen_Dulles_appointed_DCI,_26_February_1953.jpg

Richard Nixon and Prescott Bush: Lackey Nixon got himself a hat just like his boss! (Editorial Use)

Be this Guy! (image by Wikimedia)

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/August-Landmesser-Almanya-1936.jpg 

 

Actress Brigette Bardot started the US pouty ‘duck face’ craze…in the 1950s!

Girls today apparently think they invented the ridiculous pouty “duck face”. Actually, the French actress Brigette Bardot was making this silly face in the 1950s–and she  imported it to the US from France where is was already an outworn fad. Ain’t ‘no new thing under the sun’ Ecclesiastes reminds us.

                                                Brigette Bardot, 1950s

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‘Christ Climbed Down’ –a Christmas poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

there were no rootless Christmas trees

hung with candycanes and breakable stars

 

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

there were no gilded Christmas trees

and no tinsel Christmas trees

and no tinfoil Christmas trees

and no pink plastic Christmas trees

and no gold Christmas trees

and no black Christmas trees

and no powderblue Christmas trees

hung with electric candles

and encircled by tin electric trains

and clever cornball relatives

 

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

no intrepid Bible salesmen

covered the territory

in two-tone cadillacs

and where no Sears Roebuck creches

complete with plastic babe in manger

arrived by parcel post

the babe by special delivery

and where no televised Wise Men

praised the Lord Calvert Whiskey

 

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

no fat handshaking stranger

in a red flannel suit

and a fake white beard

went around passing himself off

as some sort of North Pole saint

crossing the desert to Bethlehem

Pennsylvania

in a Volkswagen sled

drawn by rollicking Adirondack reindeer

with German names

and bearing sacks of Humble Gifts

from Saks Fifth Avenue

for everybody’s imagined Christ child

 

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

no Bing Crosby carollers

groaned of a tight Christmas

and where no Radio City angels

iceskated wingless

thru a winter wonderland

into a jinglebell heaven

daily at 8:30

with Midnight Mass matinees

 

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and softly stole away into

some anonymous Mary’s womb again

where in the darkest night

of everybody’s anonymous soul

He awaits again

an unimaginable

and impossibly

Immaculate Reconception

the very craziest of

Second Comings

 

Copyright 1958 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Danger in Cell Phone La La Land

Cell Phone Madness

Danger in Cell Phone La La LandLA Progressive, by Shawn Hamilton, 

Lately I’ve encountered a surprising number of people in public who seemed to be talking to themselves. Often when this happens, I assume these folks are talking to me, so I respond in some way as polite custom dictates, only to be ignored—or to receive a disapproving glance for having invaded someone’s privacy bubble. Usually by this point I would realize the person was talking on a cell phone or similar electronic device, and I would feel like a fool.

I first apprehended the potentially adverse social consequences of personal electronic devices in, appropriately, 1984. I was attending Humboldt State University, and I noticed a classmate wearing Walkman headphones day after day and commented in class that he seemed to be using them to tune the rest of us out. For me this was the beginning of what I now see as a deleterious trend that is getting so much worse than I initially anticipated.

In the 1990s I boarded a train in Taiwan and got a preview of the cell phone madness that would soon afflict the States. Bizarre sounds began to erupt all over the car—ringing, buzzing, beeping, Beethoven. These noises would happen, and there would be several people engaging in solo conversation, often in loud and sometimes angry voices. Acknowledging cultural relativity, I unsuccessfully resisted the feeling that imposing one’s personal conversation on others is a bit churlish.

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It can happen so quickly. The man standing on the sidewalk has not yet had time to react.