Archive for the ‘Technology’ category

Two new Fox News shows

February 24, 2007

 

Here is a short post from Lost Remote about the new Fox News sketch comedy, The 1/2 Hour News Show, and a new show called It’s Out There. 

For many of us it isn’t earth shattering news that the internet and blogging are in the process of changing the political landscape in this country, but I would guess MOST people are in the dark on this topic.  It’s Out There is an example of how blogging is changing politics and the news media in general, because it is essentiall a half-hour show discussing stories found on blogs.  For me, the best part about the show is that it will be cohosted by one of my favorite Fox News contributors…Michelle Malkin!

This Variety link mentions just a bit more about the show and its first episode.

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Conservapedia

February 24, 2007

 

I haven’t heard about this website until today, but I do find it interesting and thought it would be worth a mention on this blog, since we are committed to searching for and commenting on the truth in politics.

I like Wikipedia and I use it now and then to find a little information on various topics.  I particularly like the external links that appear at the bottom of most of the entries, because I learned the hard way that a lot of the information posted in each entry is false and/or biased.  For example I posted an entry on my other blog quite a while ago about Rotoshop, and I was slammed for having inaccurate information on it, which I received and linked from Wikipedia.  Oops.

I think conservapedia will be an interesting resource, and I think that by trying to push the biased and opinionated material to a different section of the site, it preserves the integrity of the content without slipping into censorship.  Based on the theory the webmasters lay out regarding the site, the site sounds great, but in practice it could be completely different.  Also, a lot of the entries lack information currently, but that is because the site is relatively new and with increased exposure more info will be posted. 

I really like the concept of the site.  Obviously this is only going to really appeal to those of us right of center, because liberals really like to shape history in their own media institutions, no matter how wrong they are.  It will be interesting to see if this site lives up to its claims and if it will be successful.  I guess we’ll have to use it and find out, but anything that gets the liberals riled up into full shriek mode can’t be half bad:)

I want to take their profits

February 5, 2007

 

Those were the words of Mrs. Bill Clinton when she was addressing the Democratic National Committee in Baltimore this past Friday.  Apparently, Mrs. Clinton feels companies are only allowed to be profitable to a certain extent, before she starts planning out what she feels are better ways to spend those profits, and confiscate them.

“I want to take those profits and put them into an alternative energy fund that will begin to fund alternative smart energy alternatives that will actually begin to move us toward the direction of independence.”

What is bothersome is that there are really people out there that would vote for her for president, because of statements like this.  What I think is more appropriate is if we take all of the excess money Hillary and Bill have and start funding alternative smart energy with their money.  Then I would like to raid all of the unions in the country and take all of their acquired union dues and spend that on alternative smart energy.   Then I would like to go to all of the movie studios and actors and actresses and take all of their excess money and spend it on alternative smart energy.  Then I would like to go to all of the environmental agencies that fund junk science and take their money and spend it on alternative smart energy instead. 

We have a great nation, with a great capitalist system, and they will invest their own money on research and development projects that projected to be feasible, and profitable.  To think the bloated government will spend any of our money better than we can, is just stupid…plain and simple.

Senator Ted Stevens, and the need for Term Limits

February 3, 2007

 

Here is an old post I wrote for another blog that dealt with the need for term limits.  This is just one small example why we need to have political reform on a massive scale in this country.  It is important that  we look at the destructive actions so many people in Washington have, when it comes to leading our country into the future.

Republican Senator Ted Stevens made headlines several months ago when he gave a speech in which he called the Internet a “series of tubes”. That wasn’t all he said…here is an excerpt I pulled from Wikipedia :

“Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got… an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? […] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.”

Senator Stevens was the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. This committee has a big impact on all of the issues that have arisen due to increased utilization of the Internet. Allow me to just put two and two together here…the same guy that made those comments was involved with making incredibly important decisions about the INTERNET!

OK, most of us heard about this a long time ago, but it really is a great example of why we need term limits. Senator Stevens is currently the longest tenured Republican in the Senate, having served since 1968. When you have someone that has been entrenched in Washington for 38 years, how can we expect them to be able to address issues that are important to the country? How can they still be in touch with us? They can’t. Term limits would allow people from all walks of life…including people with technology expertise, to serve in congress.

Politics and the New Media

January 30, 2007

How about a positive look into the future of politics in America?  I wrote in my first post that many of us are disenfranchised and feel helpless to change the way things are run in Washington, so how are things ever going to change?

We aren’t there yet, but the “new media”, including a tiny bit by blogs like this, will be an ever increasing factor in the way we elect people in this country.  Here is a link that includes some startling numbers that predict $1 billion will be spent on the presidential campaign over the next two years.  I’m not a proponent of campaign finance reform, but these type of numbers essentially eliminate everyone except those with money, power and influence in either the Democrat or Republican party.  Kind of lays to rest the whole notion of a government “for the people and by the people” doesn’t it?

So lets look at some of the ways technology and the “new media” will change this.

  • DVRs and other alternative methods of watching television shows mean less people will be watching these expensive political adds.  I know I managed to skip past most of them this past October and November.  
  • Blogs are bringing more information and opinions to the masses.  The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, and Reuters won’t have so much control over the political information I read.  If there is a story in say…Reno Nevada regarding Harry Reid for example I don’t have to rely on the New York Times to report it.  Chances are I will be able to find the story from a local newspaper online, that some blogger linked to.
  • The Internet in general makes it easier to find errors in stories and alternate points of views.  Bloggers have exposed over and over photoshopped media stories, inaccurate news reports, and lies in political campaigns.  You can’t just say something and get away with it anymore…speaking of which…
  • The Internet is allowing video and audio to find its way to the masses much easier than before.  You don’t have to take your tape to the news outlet and hope it get run on the nightly news.  Nope, you just go online and download it for the world to see.  Macaca anyone?

I’m just scratching the surface with these examples and the modes of communication just keep changing every day.  It is hard to keep up with it all.  Just think what the political landscape will be like when more and more people start catching on to how the new media operates and what it is all about.  I read a recent study that showed only about 27% percent of Americans read blogs.  That will change, and so will politics.