Author Archives: James Raider
In this celebrity-comicon world where teleprompters send us uncomplicated pablum of feel-good lies that big government will take care of all our ills, let’s pluck some of the mainstream assessments out by the roots before the sand coagulates and our necks get permanently imbedded. There is much false nonsense to rip out of the dark morass it comes from, nevertheless observing a couple of deplorable pieces of social truth will make a good start.
Fifty years ago the brilliant and always challenging philosopher of communication theory, Marshall McLuhan, wrote Understanding Media, in which he exclaimed, “In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message.”
In a week when we are treated to one of the best, but more depressing headlines of the year, Daily Mail’s “Obama’s Monsters Ball,” we have media apologetically rationalizing Obama’s announcement that he was ordering military action in Iraq, “if necessary.” The … Continue reading
Perception is everything in international affairs, as in most things human. Compared to any powerful nation in history, America has prevailed magnificently since WWII as its presence around the world has enabled most of humanity to live in a somewhat subdued … Continue reading
With the amount of surrupticious recording of everything we do and say, it is not surprising that a translated recording of a recent discussion has been made available for our enjoyment. Two world leaders discussing occurances and strategies, crutial and mundane depending on perspective, . . .
We admire, even revere statistics and statistician explanations, and when they pertain to our economic well being and are supported by anointed economists, they become gold. These statistics and explanations can only be elevated into the rarified domain of sanctity … Continue reading