Posted by keithosaunders on March 13, 2016
After my previous post decrying the decay of western civilization through videos I decided to see for myself what it was like to produce to have a video experience of my own. In the past week I had received a few notices on my Facebook feed about so and so being ‘live.’ I wondered what it was so finally I clicked one of the feeds and there was one of my ‘friends,’ – more like an acquaintance – live and in full pontificating mode. He was all over the map but mostly he was bloviating about the coming election.
I found it kind of self centered and self-serving. Until I tried it myself. Then I thought it was fun. I donned a beret and took ‘hater’ act live and beta test a five minute rant.
I started off be-scowled, pontificating about people posting over-produced political videos with the sound track and fancy graphics. I was segueing into the Academy Awards when I noticed at the bottom of the screen there was a display of who was viewing my feed. Soon my friends began commenting and that’s when I lost it, breaking character in a fit of laughter.
I have to admit, as much as I hate to, that being live and having an audience was intoxicating. It was visceral in a way that a written post is not. The thing is, it’s too easy and the risk of crossing the line from detached, ironic humor into trite, self aggrandizement is too easy. You’re trying to be funny in the moment and your friends are there — who knows what offensive bon mot may slip from your mouth in the moment. With the written word there’s a good chance you would take stock of what you are writing and edit out something potentially hurtful.
After 5 minutes I realized I was out of gas and said goodbye to my viewing public. I’ll try to resist over-saturating myself on Facebook, but the lure of the audience is strong. Pray for me.
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Posted by keithosaunders on March 9, 2016
Someone on my Facebook feed posted an article decrying downfall of society as a result of pre-packaged peeled oranges at Whole Food. I would counter that articles like this, which contain headlines that tell us how to think and feel, are what’s wrong with society.
I love how in the middle of the story the writer does a u-turn, talking about the backlash against Nathalie Gordon, the anti peeled-oranges activist: But some people are now pointing their anger at Gordon rather than at Whole foods, arguing that the pre-peeled oranges were helpful to the elderly and people with disabilities. From the looks of it, just as many people are ticked off about Whole Foods pulling the peeled oranges from store shelves as there were people who were ticked off about them being there in the first place.
BAM. A perfectly, but rarely executed, 180 degree PC turnaround! I didn’t see that one coming.
Posted in life, media, Uncategorized | Tagged: facebook, millennials, Nathalie Gordon, oranges, PC, peeled oranges, Politically correct, Sumo tangerines, Whole Foods | 2 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on March 2, 2016
The Trump stuff is starting to get a little scary. He’s like a cartoon character — a buffoon – and it’s hard to take his platform seriously. After all, other than promising to build a wall, or make Mexico build a wall, he really hasn’t said anything. If you go by his history he’s even a little more liberal than his hapless opponents.
No, what’s worrying me are his followers. Trump’s jingoistic, xenophobic banter has brought to the surface a virulent racism in this country, so much so that I’m beginning to wonder if we’ve progressed at all since the 1950s.
Coded racism has long been a staple of Republican (and even Democratic) candidates. One need look no further than patron saint, Ronald Reagan launching his 1980 campaign at the Neshoba County fair, a few miles away from Philadelphia, Mississippi, a town associated with the 1964 murder of civil rights workers. There, he used the term, states rights, a kind of code for tacitly approved racism.
But with the ascendance of Trump there is no longer a need for code words. He can vilify Muslims and Mexicans, thus empowering rednecks across the land to speak their minds. And I’m not just referring to the South. There were plenty of racists in the New York metropolitan area six years ago when I lived there. Drive ten miles in any direction from Manhattan and you’ll see what i mean. Long Island and New Jersey are cesspools.
Even here in the Bay Area, one of the most liberal places on the planet, you can find racism. A singer with whom I worked with just last night friended me on Facebook. No sooner did I accept her request than I saw that her page was littered with racist posts. One showed a pair of four or five year old African American boys teasing and hitting a white girl, with the implication that violence starts at a young age. She also compared these children to Palestinians.
By itself the post is merely ignorance. In light of the violence and bile we have seen at Trump rallies, however, it’s unsettling. What level of racism would be unleashed should this man somehow gain the White House?
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Posted by keithosaunders on September 26, 2015
I suppose it was inevitable that as Facebook and the humblebragging that goes along with it have become ubiquitous so have videos of children precociously doing or saying adult things. Today I saw a video of a young European girl playing the drums along to Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog. She had all of John Bonham’s fills down and you can tell she was coached thoroughly and that she was probably a quick study. Except that it doesn’t matter. All it proves is that she has above average concentration. She didn’t create anything and to be honest she didn’t even groove.
I saw a video of two pre-teens dancing a sensual mambo. They were resplendent in Cuban drag and they had all the steps down. Impressive? Not to me. In fact I found it a little creepy having these two youngsters ape a sex-infused dance.
Then there are the pre-teen jazz musicians. Listen to that kid wail on Giant Steps. Wow! But here’s the thing: An important facet of improvisation is telling your story – it is the musical equivalent of your life’s experience. What experience does a 10 year old have? I would hope not much!
Parents, we know what you’re trying to do. Congratulations, you have a ‘gifted kid.’ Now that your passive aggressive humblebrag is complete, how about tamping down your zeal and letting your kids be kids.
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