Gary Davis I am taking too long, so will skip the 2nd incident, but it was quite similar to the one I have described. The experiences led me to believe that, at least within in my group of friends, FB is a place for collecting and disseminating pastiche, in spite of the relative dynamic and intellectual capacity of the individuals involved. The result is that my interest in FB as a medium for discourse has been greatly muted.
Gary Davis I was the 8th person to comment and in it I posted links to the rightful source. Comments that appeared before mine were basic oohs and aahs. The response to my comment was to stop the "thread" dead in its tracks. I realized that my remark, though true, was somehow out of place and perhaps unwelcome. Most of my friends typicallly share breezy good mornings, or links to music, or signs with witty sayings. They are like breezy greeting cards. more-
Gary Davis The first "incident" occured a few weeks ago. A former client, friend, and a man I admire, posted a dramatic photo of weather, noting it was from an artist & photographer friend of his. Unfortunately I knew the photo to be from a completely different source. In fact it was from a top place finisher in a Nat'l Geographic contest, widely viewed I assumed. My reaction was to blow the whistle. Unfortunately I chose to make it an open comment. more..
Gary Davis Jordan, your piece is a best read of the week for me. And the Bon Mots of it was: "More likely, it makes us more narcissistic, but even that word is inaccurate. Here’s the best way I know how to put it: Facebook threatens our ability to be authentic." The reason it struck a chord for me is that recently I have been puzzling over my own activity on facebook. My musing has been partially driven by two recent incidents. -more
Gary Davis Giving you a mic for this one James. In my opinion you are right on the money. Just wanted to add the note that though Seagate is trading at a 9 year high, it is also trading at just 3.5X 2012 earnings(e). They are spinning $1B in free cash flow, being used in a shareholder friendly dividend and share buyback policy. Concerns about disk drives becoming obsolete are largely overblown. disclosure: I do not own any shares of STX.
Gary Davis Well, to attempt an answer to a vague diatribe, I might describe your list as statecraft, or I might call it despotic behavior. That is the problem you present by charging ill defined criticisms such as "Assisting movements which promote fundamentalism and oppress women, fueling oil wars, and taking a lot of vacations and photo-ops". To me it all reads like gobbledy gook from an overly impassioned critic light in objective reasoning.
Gary Davis The march was an expression of American's constitutional rights. Why are you describing it in terms that make it sound like profanity? You say "this stuff is crazy" What "stuff"? Furthermore, what "cars". I think you mean "car". Your comments are as hyperbolic as most of the arguments on both sides. Waiting for the justice system to work, now that it is back on track, would be far more productive.
Gary Davis The public integrity that you are so vocal about has been tested and has come through shining in my opinion. The real outrage here is that, due to a controversial and ill defined law, the local police were led to believe that they could make an administrative decision to release him without process. The public clamored for Zimmerman's, AND the public's, day in court. Re: Emotional strain, what are your thoughts about the Martins?
Gary Davis I completely reject the idea that the guiding principle of progressive thinking should be a relative one. The singular goal of progressive thinking should be what is right and just. You argue against hyperbole by dressing your comments in many colors of the same. Taken all together however, I find that it is a red as any herring could possibly be.
Gary Davis I agree Andrew. I am also wary of forming a solid opinion until more details come out. I think the consensus so far is that most of us hope that the process will continue until a solid reason is found to stop it. The real problem is that the local police department was apparently ready to drop it. That is disturbing.
Gary Davis I agree that Zimmerman's race is likely not an answer to what clearly is at least partialy motivated by race. I thought it was worth mentioning that he reportedly has a history of phoning the police and has a reputation to be a gung ho neighborhood watch volunteer (as reported in the press). I think it is possible that Zimmerman had a preoccupation with police and ideas of heroism, and possibly a preoccupation with guns though I am speculating.
Gary Davis Cameron, honestly I'd decided that I didn't want to press on due to time pressures then, but let me try now. Your framing included, in your own words, a "disclaimer" concerning confidence in the USDA. I think that issue of trust is a key to the recent brouhaha, and should not be dismissed in pretext (framing). I also felt the arguments that kids were eating worse things and the product was "nearly nutritionally identical" were red herrrings
Gary Davis Jake, I agree with your summary of Apple. Rather than releasing a substantially new and improved version of the iPad, Apple gave us pastiche, with little to distinguish the release from its predecessor. I am no lover of all things Apple. However, I have been awed at their ability to grow their army of sycophants and fanboys. Your point about the tech press is right on. It has brought a new meaning to the phrase "apple polishing".
Gary Davis You are right Zachary, the article I linked discusses a recently published study that concludes eating red meat is not a healthy choice. I felt like that is an important point and served as a starting point that could be an ending point for many. I felt like Cameron's initial article failed, on many levels, to be convincing, partially by not framing the issue adequately.
Gary Davis The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history. - Bertrand Russell
Gary Davis Well Susan, I guess by now you realize that your effort did little but to flesh out a neo con spewing the same old tripe and I think it not surprising. Your piece is, it seems to me, incredibly naive. Mind; I do not doubt you find inspiration in music. I doubt it can change anything.
Gary Davis This is the sort of convoluted logic that leads us down the path of indifference that producers want us to follow. It is egregious nonsense begging the question: why have you written it? You will do well in Sacramento...sadly. Every one else please read: http://lat.ms/AvqCEa
Gary Davis Joseph Kony's alledged Christianity is absurd. I'm hardly a Santorum fan but his name certainly doesn't belong in any way in an exemple of Kony. I also found your Linsanity analogue to be puzzling. What does one have to do with the other? Finally, you need to catch up. http://bit.ly/xfqpmZ
Gary Davis Amy, Quite honestly I find this piece to be chock full of admiral ideas that add up to a large bag of warmish air. Who could argue that V day is not commercialized? Who could not see value in volunteer work at a non-profit? Who isn't gratified by making a dinner for friends? Who cares?
Gary Davis I tend to believe that Romney would be the least bad choice but I recognize that in a line up in which I am a suspect, he would be the first man on my right. That does not speak about the distance between us, which is chasmal on most issues.
Gary Davis I feel you both miss the point. It doesn't matter if Santorum is ready to be president. What matters is if the country is ready for him to be president. I do agree with you both in that I say not.