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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Holidays... bah!

I have always prided myself on being true to myself, on being honest when I chose to express my feelings. With that in mind, I recalled something I said years ago: If I'm ever desperate enough to consider searching for a date on the internet, I will convert to Catholicism and become a priest. Thing is, though, I'm finally almost that desperate, and I have no interest in converting to Catholicism or becoming a priest. It's those ads that seem to be perfectly done to make you feel the loneliness seep in. Well, either that, or I'm susceptible due to the "joy" of the holiday season and exhaustion. Still, I'm not susceptible enough to actually register on one of those websites, yet, though the day may be coming.

On a different note, I have been fascinated by the emergence of the Internet as a platform and staging ground for real-life activism. I must include a content warning for some of this video, from about 0:25 to 0:27 in particular. What I found particularly remarkable about this video is the creator using the strength of the organization he or she opposes against them. This is, to me, reminiscent of one of the core principles of judo. To those whose aims and means are good, the Internet is your friend and will help you achieve great things, provided you use a bit of intelligence and common sense. For those whose aims and/or means are for ill, or even simply marked with inexcusable incompetence, however, the Internet is your judgment seat. Lies and wrongdoing simply do not survive here, not in the long term, not when truth is available in such abundance.

Enjoy the music. Do these guys remind anyone else of Radiohead?


Snave said...

My apologies for not getting to your blog soon enough to see the video, as it has been made "no longer available due to a copyright claim by a third party". Scheise! Oh well. I'll bet it was a good one!

I wanted to tell you I hope you have had a good Christmas and that you have a good 2009, MC. Didn't you get to see some snow recently? It just keeps coming here in NE Oregon, and I think we must have 15-18 inches out there now... arrrgh. It's pretty to look at, but it's hell to shovel! Owwww, my back!


Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

The snow was just north of us, though we did get some freezing rain. I'd rather have had the snow.

The song was "Stockholm Syndrome" by Muse. I find it fitting, considering the other link opposes Scientology. That other vid, though, EXCELLENT.