"Just as opposing the policies of Obama or George W. Bush don’t ipso facto make a person “against America,” there is nothing intrinsically anti-Israel about opposing the Netanyahu government’s military ventures, and anyone who suggests otherwise is engaging in pretty transparently fallacious reasoning. The notion that one must take sides in order to assess this conflict critically is infantile, and stymies the kind of inquiry that we would apply to almost any other contentious subject."
Funny enough, I *strongly* opposed the policies of George W Bush from the very beginning of the aftermath of 9/11, AND at the same time considered myself deeply patriotic. And still do. But that was an insanely unpopular position at the time. ESPECIALLY in the media. You were either WITH US OR AGAINST US. That simple phrase sums up so much of what is wrong with politics and ideologues these days. Which is not to say that pansying around in the grey area is better. But maybe it is.
We need more nuance. We need more time to learn to understand each other. We need more mental space and sometimes physical space to love each other more fully. We need to stop listening to the voices that hold us in fear (so they we will be compelled to buy things to allay these fears). And, I say “we” but I really mean “me.” This is as much a personal note as anything. Short of offering any practical, actual, concrete action or art or THING, I’m just another ideologue. But I’ll get through it to something. Stay tuned. Things will be made. Actions taken. And so on and so forth.
Nick Bilton captures the heart of what motivates us to build ThinkUp:
Now, it’s all social media all the time. At the end of the day, what do I have to show for it? Am I more enriched as a human being after a couple of hours spent on Facebook? More fulfilled from Pinterest? A deeper person from Instagram?
This is a critical question to ask, and frankly one that many of the people who create these social networks aren’t asking often enough. Of course, many will say “So how could the answer be even *more* technology?”
The answer is that the problem isn’t technological in nature: It’s social. It’s simply a matter of being thoughtful and mindful about the way we spend our time, and the way we interact with each other. These are themes that transcend technologies and fads.
It’s really gratifying to see this idea getting mainstream coverage, and we hope this becomes a fundamental part of the way people talk about new technologies and the industry that creates them. And of course, we hope you’ll give ThinkUp a try and see if it doesn’t help you feel better about all the time you’re spending on these networks.
“And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.”—"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)