Saturday, May 14, 2011

Roundup

It feels like I've done a lot of these lately, but there's just so much news. Too bad I can't stock up for when nothing interesting is happening, but news isn't really like that. Oh well.

Random Picture:

“The government pisses on us and the press says it’s raining.”
Graffiti in La Paz, Bolivia via Angry White Kid.

Articles:

“There are some people who don’t wait.” Robert Krulwich on the future of journalism:
So for this age, for your time, I want you to just think about this: Think about NOT waiting your turn. Instead, think about getting together with friends that you admire, or envy. Think about entrepeneuring. Think about NOT waiting for a company to call you up. Think about not giving your heart to a bunch of adults you don’t know. Think about horizontal loyalty. Think about turning to people you already know, who are your friends, or friends of their friends and making something that makes sense to you together, that is as beautiful or as true as you can make it.
This post is long, but it is very good. I love the idea of horizontal loyalty and I really want to find a group of people I admire and want to work with to make something happen. It's something I've thought about for a while now and Krulwish solidified some things for me.

For Fox News, Common Controversy Was As Important As Mississippi Floods:
According to TVeyes.com, for all of Wednesday and up until noon today, "Mississippi" was mentioned in approximately 50 segments that aired on Fox, while "rapper" was mentioned in more than 40. Which means for those making decisions about news coverage at Fox, a rapper's White House visit was basically just as important as the historic flooding unfolding along the Mississippi.

By contrast, at CNN over the same time span this week, "Mississippi" was mentioned in approximately 90 on-air segments, while "rapper" was referenced about ten times.
Shut Up About My Body, Glenn Beck by Meghan McCain:
You’re a full-grown man with teenage daughters who are probably dealing with the sexist, body-obsessed media environment that is difficult for all women. Is this really the legacy you want to be leaving for yourself?

As a person who is known for his hot body, you must find it easy to judge the weight fluctuations of others, especially young women. If any of your daughters are ever faced with some kind of criticism of their physical appearance or weight, they should call me, because women’s body image is another issue I feel passionate about, and have become accustomed to dealing with and speaking with young women about on my college tours.
Black by Choice by Melissa Harris-Perry:
By displaying all these tropes of traditional whiteness, Obama's candidacy disrupted the very idea of whiteness. Suddenly whiteness was no longer about educational achievement, family stability or the command of spoken English. One might argue that the folksy interventions of Sarah Palin were a desperate attempt to reclaim and redefine whiteness as a gun-toting ordinariness that eschews traditional and elite markers of achievement.

Obama's whiteness in this sense is frightening and strange for those invested in believing that racial categories are stable, meaningful and essential. Those who yearn for a postracial America hoped Obama had transcended blackness, but the real threat he poses to the American racial order is that he disrupts whiteness, because whiteness has been the identity that defines citizenship, access to privilege and the power to define national history.
This post is excellent. If you only read on of these links it should be this one. It's not very long and yet Perry hits the nail on the head. You can't believe how many times I've had this very conversation with people who claim Obama is being denied his whiteness (of course they don't phrase it like that). Perry's last paragraph is perfect.

Videos:

The fake outrage over Common performing at the White House pissed me off to no end. So here's two videos from Jon Stewart that

Tone Def Poetry Jam:




Tone Def Poetry Jam - Lyrics Controversy:




Obama Engaging In Class Warfare:


It's only class warfare when the rich is asked to pay taxes apparently.

Random Quote:
“The personal, as everyone’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous makes the difference, the ONLY difference in their eyes, between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.” —Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan

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