Working Class Hero

I heard Green Day’s version of this song on WCOM today. Got me thinking about John Lennon… A working class hero REALLY is something to be!

Working Class Hero
by John Lennon

As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool,
Till you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free,
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
There’s room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.
If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.

Stop Media Consolidation

Watch this Bill Moyer’s video about the latest FCC attack on our media freedom. It explains the threat very clearly. Such amazing footage of the Seattle FCC hearing held recently.

More info here on Bipartisan Bill to Put the Brakes on FCC

If you are on Facebook consider joining the 100,000 by 12/18/07 to Fight Media Consolidation group. Here are some action items.

1. Invite all of your friends this group. Most of the “100,000” or “1 million” strong groups are meaningless. If we can get thousands of people on facebook to contact the FCC and their Senators there is a good chance we can actually stop this disastrous rule change.

2. Contact the FCC

3. Contact your Senators

4. Learn More
Please do whatever you can to spread the word about this. Media consolidation is one of the most overlooked issues in contemporary political discourse. Without access to diverse and distinct media sources, our Democracy itself is in peril. Make sure your voice is heard on this critical issue.

Is the Internet a Global Argument Clinic?

Sometimes the Internet seems like one giant argument clinic. Case in point…

The Argument Sketch (or Argument, Argument Clinic, or Six More Minutes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus when including the non-argument sections) is a sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Palin: “An argument is a collective series of statements to establish a definite proposition.”

Cleese: “No it isn’t”

Palin: “Yes it is. It isn’t just contradiction!”

Cleese: “Look if I argue with you I must take up a contradictory position.”

Palin: “But it isn’t just saying ‘No it isn’t!'”

Cleese: “Yes it is.”

Palin: “No it isn’t! ? Argument is a intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of anything the other person says.”

Ahhh Isn’t our freedom to argue online wonderful!?! 😉

Obama Supports Net Neutrality

I recored a video question for the Presidential candidates the other day for about Network Neutrality. So did someone else. He did a much better job than I. 🙂

So Move On sent out a email with a link to this great video and within hours it was at the top of the voting pile. (Matter of fact on the same day that the email came from Move On, Oct. 28, this video was voted for 4,332 times. 83 against and 4,250 for. See Voting History data.) Here’s the video:

Because this video question was the top vote getter it was asked to Sen. Obama at the MTV/MySpace forum. They played the entire YouTube clip on MTV for the local audience and the TV audience. Luckily we have a copy of this on YouTube here.

Sen. Obama did a good job of explaining what is at stake and why we need Net Neutrality. Something that college age citizens really understand. I’m very happy to hear his commitment to protecting our somewhat level playing field online. Fact is the democratic party wouldn’t have so much power from its base if the Internet wasn’t as free as it is. I think it could be even more free but we MUST protect what we have. (How could it be more free? For starters we need the HIGHEST speed broadband made available to EVERY home in America.)

This is a pretty good example of participatory democracy in the 21st Century. We created our own questions, voted for them, and had them presented to candidates live on global TV. This is how the CNN YouTube debates should have been done. This is only the start of creating a more participatory and just democracy in our country.

What really blows my mind is the power of email and web advocacy to promote a cause and insert our collective concerns into a National debate. The work isn’t done yet. Now we have to get other candidates to talk more about Net Neutrality. (Back in May Sen. Edwards spoke at Google and addresses Net Neutrality) [video] Learn more about Net Neutrality at the FAQ.

I’m going to call the Kucinich Campaign next.

Mobile Video Internet Calling

That is a Nokia N800. Another way you could use public WiFi… Its not just for coffee shops and laptops anymore! This video demonstrates the Nokia N800 tablet using Gtalk to make a video call to someone. Pretty good quality for a small device.

The popular VOIP software Skype works on the N800 now. This means you can send and receive voices calls from this tablet to a landline or mobile phone. All via WiFi.

Head On by JAMC

My favorite memories of college were hanging out with friends and listening to music. Some tunes automatically send adrenaline running through my body. The song “Head On” by The Jesus and Mary Chain is one of them. I’m enjoying reading about the album this song is from, Automatic. (Thanks Wikipedia community!)

AutomaticSometime in the early ’90s a friend and I drove to Charlottesville, VA to see Jesus and Mary Chain with Nine Inch Nails. Somehow we missed NIN but got there in time to see JAMC. I remember a big star on the stage and lots of smoke. You couldn’t see the band hardly. Just REALLY loud guitars and drums. Never have I heard feedback and guitars that loud! Not even at a Slayer concert! 🙂

Man that experienced is etched in my memory. Wild how sound can do that.

The iPhone Hearings – Free the iPhone

Free the iPhone

Sign the petition!

The iPhone has set the stage for the future of mobile Internet — but bad policies allow companies like AT&T and Verizon to shackle great gadgets to their closed networks.

To free wireless Internet, the FCC and Congress must use the 700MHz spectrum auction to create an open network that gives consumers:

1. The freedom to use whatever device we want on any network.

2. The freedom to choose among many providers in a competitive wholesale marketplace.

3. The freedom to access any content or services we want through our devices.

These true open access standards should apply to the entire wireless market.