I really don’t know what a government shutdown. is it a political game? A way for one side to leverage some agenda to get something they want? or is it a bunch of elected officials all off playing who has a bigger ego and is more self-important? another scenario I have in my mind is that all the politicians get together every few years, “let’s have a shutdown and make it out to be dramatic so we can use fear to make us look like heroes, pat ourselves on the back, announce we "saved the day!" for just doing what we were elected to do!”
what can I say, there are a few things out of kilter and skew in the country. selfies are at an all-time high and just the act of doing a good job is not enough anymore. you have to celebrate and publish all the good and ignore the reality of the not so good of reality.
It is a bit like watching American athletes versus European athletes on tv anymore. the Europeans tend to be a bit more reserved and conservative. competing and performing don’t define who they are as a human. in the states, everything is about creating some brand about themselves, an unattainable image of “super” where people probably practice celebratory events….which are fine….but for simply doing one's job or gig?
while I get the entertainment value of world wrestling entertainment and the business side of professional wrestling, did Vince McMahon ever think he would be the catalyst for the stupidity we see now in everyday life?
when we had video server companies in the 90’s (think of streaming video you have today, way back then, on your laptop) I was all excited about the idea of reality TV. we were watching live NASA feeds all day and other interesting university projects. “wow, just imagine what one can do soon with a laptop, digital camera…software!”
we could see the costs coming down. I was caught in the analog to digital conversion state with audio and video. you basically were dropping a car with the video cameras, the film needed to be developed and scanned with expensive scanners. the audio side wasn’t too bad, but RAM and processing speed to render or mix was simply not prime time yet for anyone but the really large companies.
but we knew one day you could, (if you took the time to learn it all) have a one human production facility and create your shows and content all by yourself.
fast forward. reality tv is what I consider the bane of American society. I am not sure who you want to shake first and ask, “what were you thinking?” is it the people who stooped to the level of dumbed down, low production costs, and the craving for fame by really doing nothing? or is it the American public itself – that sits and watches the junk?
for now, I am leaving social networking out of all this, as that didn't’ really come along until 2003 or 2004. I am not sure if they started a really accelerated cycle of human stupidity, or if it was a brand new one? or was that element inside people but it just never had a way to get out before?
last night I was reading some papers on social media and technology. “we can’t guarantee that we can ensure democracy!”
what other reflags do you need in the USA to ask yourself, “folks, the powers that be in Washington do not have the best interests of the people in place? they have their own self-interests and that of the folks that get them into that place of power in their crosshairs. I understand no system is 100% fair, but the skew and disparity between the USA leaders and its citizens is widening and continuing to grow. one day teh people might wake up and realize this? Maybe the politicians might wake up and go, "woah, the disparity in the USA is really not good for the long term of the country."
or will the few simply sit at the top and look down at the "common man?' the last sentence is sad, but it a possible trajectory for the USA
look at net neutrality and the vote. the idea of the world wide web was that if you put access to knowledge and information into the masses hands, the world would become more democratic. I think it is doing the opposite inside the united states.
a friend sent me some photos from Zurich, where a small armada of really sexy helicopters was being led out for the president to go to Davos. I don’t even know why the guy is going, as he really has pissed off a lot of the world with his rhetoric and seeming lack of geopolitical tact, understanding and diplomacy. if we were dealing with spreadsheets, I guess it would be great, but the world is comprised of people as well. they aren’t just ticks on a page.
I will send this on to the group we are going to ramp up one prototype with, as I have been back in the states for a few days and the market and/or the need for this relatively new idea…is bigger than I thought. the clincher was talking to an old friend and asking some questions about the way a particular town works.
“do they have a master plan? or is it every group for themselves?”
his answer told me that the idea of a master plan is there, but the reality is that it is everyone for themselves and the only group making a lot of money – is lawyers.
we have 70% of the worlds lawyers and only 5% of the worlds populations. if we could get common sense into common law, and common sense back into the people of the united states – we really could make a great country again.
for now, I will model up some prototypes for a product people don’t really need, but it might help them get to a place beyond thinking instant gratification and a pill can heal their woes.