Monday, January 31, 2011

...and The Quiet Whispers to the Not So Distant Thunder, "Let the Truth be Told".

What? Inspired by It Might Get Loud and a sense that Jimmy Page can still rock with the best of 'em. Art is everywhere. Right Banksy? And after the storm (or was it enlightenment?) there's laundry to do.  Have been watching Tunisia and Egypt and Stuxnet. So Egypt hits the kill switch and if you go to you can see what Google is doing about that

"Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.
We worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, a company we acquired last week, to make this idea a reality. It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to"

Egypt and Tunisia. Egypt and Tunisia..and Julie Assange/WikiLeaks have been called  Twitter revolutions ..of sorts (Twitter helped..but we're not that important you know).. and Assange is really less dangerous and influential than someone in the mainstream media said he was.. or was it Roberts Gates who said he was dangerous? The New York Times executive editor Bill Keller wrote about the Times dealings with  Julian Assange  in the Times Magazine on 1.30.11 and 60 minutes' Steve Croft (Laura's dad?..) did a job on the piece aired on the same day as the NYT article. Presentations preceded by Raffi Khatchadourian's  No Secrets as reporter at large for the the New Yorker. And another excellent site by Dave Winer (@davewiner) has lots more: And then a little mud slinging by FOX news(?): The New York Times' Sloppy Defense of WikiLeaks and Its Journalistic Standards. ("There is a laugh-out-loud moment. It comes when Keller writes that "it is our aim to be impartial in our presentation of the news.")

Maybe the traditional media is just taking out all their internet frustrations on WikiLeaks (via @holmser).

Davos is over and so is the Sundance.. just in time for the Super Bowl. It's Steelers vs Green Bay this year if you didn't know.. the venue may be the star. you might know who's gonna do the halftime show...more diversions to take our minds off of what's really going on but underlying all these sometimes dangerous human activities our fears drive us to what may be a solution to all the chaos. I heard a young man tell his story about that point where the voices in his head just wouldn't stop and all he'd done up to that point was aimed outside of himself. "It was time to pay attention to the one we all wake up with everyday. It is my brain after-all". Mas tarde que nunca. I'm just catching up..seems there is a lot to drain and disinfect. There is a purpose in Egypt and like so many incidents we forget easily what it's like to really have to take a stand. Money remains a great motivator. Freedom follows. There is Class Warfare in Egypt.. and in the USA. Eve knows! You'll really need to watch "Inside Job"... they could hit the kill switch here. Whoever they are. They are scared. The internet allows Truths to be told... It's a good album too. Don Henley's Inside Job. 

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