Friday, December 17, 2010

Commentative Collective

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been overwhelmed with random thoughts and observations that have developed into well, random conclusions. Two weeks worth of commentary can be summarized by the following points:

  • There is a difference between ideological battles and actual policy creation. There is a difference between campaigns and government. As a political scientist I see politics as a game. The ultimate policy is what matters. People pay entirely too much attention to the emotion behind the game and not whether or not they win or lose. Mind you, people aren't exactly sure if it's their team they are rooting for first place (i.e. a state government worker who is calling for drastic cuts in the size and spending of state government. Seriously?).
  • Facebook ruins lives. There have been many potential (and actual) jobs lost, relationships ruined, self-esteems dashed and robberies AND suicides committed due to photos, wall posts and status updates on Facebook. Yet, Facebook continues to expand. I have a fundamental problem with Facebook and it's effect on people's lives and privacy. But I can't break free of it, people refuse to contact me any other way. *Fists in the air* Mark Zuckerberg is a genius, Facebook however is a curse.
  • There is a divorce epidemic in Hollywood. I suggest that they all go under quarantine and stay away from red Carpets and holiday parties until it blows over. It is obviously contagious.
  • No matter how elite Jay-Z has become or how mainstream hip-hop gets, it seems its never acceptable music for the workplace. No problem with Maroon 5, until my office playlist slides to Kanye West...
  • iphone users, I haven't come across an app or function that you have (and that I want) that my G2 (android) phone doesn't have access to. So... Oh facetime? I have skype and google chat on my computer and I will have all the facetime I want with my husband when he gets home from work. I just want to let you know that it gets annoying.
  • Julian Assange says that the sexual misconduct charges against him is nothing less than a smear campaign to discredit him and his organization. No evidence has been provided to him and his attorneys. No kidding. Of course it is! Shouldn't mess with the U.S. I believe we (America) are international bullies, but even I have issues with WikiLeaks. There is little discretion with what is being released and that kind of disregard can only come from someone like Assange, an Australian citizen who has no emotional connection to this country.

Just saying.
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