Posts Tagged 'Digital Age'

YOU NEED THE STICK MORE THAN THE CARROT

Saturday, a bunch of you privileged little smartphone-addicted  girls marched on Pensacola, protesting Trump—must have been some kind of anniversary thing.

Not a single one of you Generation-Y snowflakes voted against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries in 2016—as I would have done, had independent voters been allowed to vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries.

Not a single one of you has contacted your senator or representative to request that he impeach Trump, and remove him from office—as I did, immediately after he was elected President.

You love the Black Lives Matter “movement”—though most of you are spoiled, White college students who have no understanding of what you’re protesting.

You especially love this Me Too “movement”—though most of you are spoiled, “sexually-liberated” girls who have no understanding of what you’re protesting.

And you have no idea what mindless, little hypocrites you are—shaming us men into begging you for consent, before we can touch you—yet demanding that politicians censor their constituents’ historical flags and monuments without their constituents’ consent.

You have no idea what mindless, little hypocrites you are—demanding that politicians censor the flags and monuments that you don’t like, without a clue that these same politicians will eventually censor the flags and monuments that you do like.

You protest nothing that really matters—like our federal government’s ongoing support of the Israeli government at the expense of the American people, our federal government’s green light to American corporations to outsource American manufacturing and service jobs to foreign countries, and our state and local governments’ censorship of their constituents’ historical flags and monuments without their constituents’ consent, which of course you mindlessly support and encourage.

I don’t call you “millenials”—why should you get a special name when we of Generation X do not?

It’s ironic that most of you support abortion-on-demand and same-sex marriage, when, if your mothers would have aborted you, or if your mothers and mothers or fathers and fathers—you wouldn’t even be here to be so self-absorbed.

Generation Y the hell were you bastards even born?

We realize you’re so self-absorbed, mindless, and clueless because your Generation-X and Baby-Boomer parents were so negligent.

We realize you’re so mindlessly, godlessly, and inhumanly addicted to your mindless, godless, and inhuman smartphones because your Generation-X and Baby-Boomer parents were so mindlessly, godlessly, and inhumanly addicted to their mindless, godless, and inhuman smartphones.

But we still hate you, beyond words, because you’re running our country into the ground—and destroying our world.

I admit this post is not the carrot—this post is the stick.

But you need the stick more than the carrot.

And you’ll continue to need the stick more than the carrot until you get rid of your cellphones and smartphones, close your Facebook and Twitter accounts, and get human—for the first time in your lives.

For God’s sake, stop thinking for the Digital-Age establishment, and start thinking for yourselves.

And stand up for humanity—be human. 

A DIFFERENT APPROACH

—Original Message—

Sent: Tue, Dec 12, 2017 4:53 pm

Subject: FROM SCOTT MAYO, RE TWO ONLINE PETITIONS I HAVE STARTED

I appreciate your time and consideration, in reading this email.

For a long time now, I’ve been very concerned about the direction our country, the United States, is taking.

Since 2012, I’ve been especially concerned about the destructive impact that unrestrained Digital-Age technology—particularly cellular technology (cellphones and smartphones) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, et al)—is having on our country.

And since June 22, 2015, I’ve been especially concerned about an ongoing trend of state and local politicians censoring their constituents’ historical flags, and destroying their constituents’ historical monuments—without their constituents’ consent.  This posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is destructive to the United States of America—and I have been doing all I can to bring awareness to it, and to elicit the help of my fellow Southern Americans, my fellow Americans, and my fellow human beings worldwide, in stopping this destructive trend.

I have started two petitions on the website, Change.org, on which I would appreciate your adding your signature to mine.

The first is to President Trump, requesting that he remove Nikki Haley from his presidential cabinet—because Nikki Haley is the initial perpetrator of this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America, and because Nikki Haley is being rewarded for her exploitation of a mass murder.

The second is to Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners to return the First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays—the historical flags displays of the five nations under which Pensacola, Florida, has lived and thrived.  These local politicians have censored the First Confederate Flag from our historical flags displays since June 24, 2015—without our consent.  They have not even let us vote on this.

Our country, the United States of America, is in serious danger of self-destruction.  The sociopolitical chaos our country is experiencing in this Digital Age is unprecedented in its history.  And this sociopolitical chaos—driven by unrestrained Digital-Age technology—is spreading all over our world.

Most of us seem to be pretending that everything is fine—as if our country’s problems will simply go away if we ignore them.  But this is never the case—no country’s problems simply go away, as if by magic.

Many of us are quite aware of the danger posed to our country, but feel so powerless to do anything about it that we just give up—we just do nothing, and look forward to our deaths, or to a Biblical event that will require no action on our part.

Of course, neither of these approaches is ever effective.

We can turn our country—and our world—around.  But we can only do this together—and with small, incremental actions.

And signing online petitions is a way of taking small, incremental actions together.

Please click on the links below, and—unless either of these petitions is against everything you believe in—add your signature to these online petitions.  Your signature will be greatly appreciated—perhaps more than you know.

https://www.change.org/p/president-trump-remove-the-dishonorable-nikki-r-haley-from-your-cabinet-immediately-so-you-can-immediately-restore-some-honor-to-your-cabinet

https://www.change.org/p/pensacola-mayor-ashton-hayward-and-the-escambia-county-board-of-county-commissioners-return-the-first-confederate-flag-to-its-rightful-place-in-pensacola-s-five-flags-displays

And if you want to learn more about the issues mentioned in this email, you are welcome to view my blog, Solosocial, at solosocial.wordpress.com, and to comment on posts, if you so desire.

Again, thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Scott Wesley Mayo

BEWARE THE FEAST WE ARE PROMISED

“The mass media’s influence on the ethics of public life, as characterized by the press’s watchdog role in monitoring the conduct of government officials, is assumed to be vital to democracy.  The effectiveness of this watchdog role is less clearly understood.  Partial answers are found in the evolving institutional history of the press, including its control, ethics, laws, technology, organization, and the content of news stories.  Just as reporters rarely discuss their ethics in terms of teleology and deontology, the press does not conceptualize in sophisticated terms its impact on the ethics of public employees.  It traditionally finds motivation from the popular belief in watchdog success models from muckraking to Watergate.  As partisanship, news values, and reporting techniques evolve, effectiveness varies.  Research sheds light on media trends but focuses more on presidents than county clerks, more on political campaigns than government process.  Optimism, as new doors and new technology open to reporters, is tempered by competition from the marketplace and the new digital feast promised consumers.”

Warren Francke

January 1, 1995

TO ALL MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD

You can never get right with God again until you limit the Digital-Age technology in your lives.

You can never get right with God again until you get rid of your cellphones and smartphones.

You can never get right with God again until you close your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts.

And believe me, as long as you choose to keep your cellphones and smartphones, and your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts, you are not right with God—no matter how sincerely you urge others to get right with God.

As long as you refuse to limit the Digital-Age technology in your lives, you are not right with God—and you cannot expect anyone else to get right with God.

Because your cellphone is your god.

Because your smartphone is your god.

Because Facebook is your god.

Because Twitter is your god.

Because you have made this Digital-Age mammon your god.

You cannot serve God and mammon.

You cannot serve God and Digital-Age technology.

Get right with God today.

SOME MEMES THAT MAKE YOU THINK

WHAT LOVE ANYMORE? WHOSE LOVE ANYMORE?

When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes,

I all alone beweep my outcast state,

And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,

And look upon myself and curse my fate,

Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,

Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,

Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,

With what I most enjoy contented least;

Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,

Haply I think on thee, and then my state

(Like to the lark at break of day arising

From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings

That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

 

William Shakespeare

Sonnet 29

GOD DAMN YOUR GODDAMNED DIGITAL AGE

I saw this on a bumper sticker yesterday—used as an advertisement for an apparel company.

From a distance, it looked to me like a commentary on this Goddamned Digital Age.  Here’s why:

If I’m not mistaken, zebras are an endangered species—or at least they eventually will be.

What does the zebra represent?

All that was wild and natural—all that existed before this Goddamned Digital Age.

What does the barcode represent?

All that is caged and unnatural—all that exists in this Goddamned Digital Age.

The zebra—a miracle of God—is reduced to a barcode—a mindless, inhuman innovation of Digital-Age humanity.

Yes, I’m aware that barcodes have been around since 1963.

But nothing represents this godless Digital Age like the barcode—the reduction of everything wild and natural to something caged and unnatural—the mind of Digital-Age humanity, mindlessly addicted to its mindless Digital-Age god—its mindless smartphone.

God damn your Goddamned Digital Age.

THERE WAS HOPE BEFORE THIS DIGITAL AGE

MR. PRESIDENT, GET TO WORK

THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

 

THIS IS EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS.

 

MR. PRESIDENT, GET TO WORK—AND GET THAT GODDAMNED NIKKI HALEY OUT OF YOUR CABINET.

HOW GODLESS THIS GODDAMNED DIGITAL AGE IS

Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine members of the congregation of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015, has been called a tragedy—and it certainly was.

Yet the mindlessly destructive events that have occurred—and are still occurring—in the wake of that tragedy are even more tragic.

Almost no one even knew who Dylann Roof was, until he was charged with that massacre—and proudly confessed to it.

As soon as anyone knew he had a personal website—a blog—everyone attempted to see it.

His personal website—his blog—The Last Rhodesian, was pulled from the Internet—but not before countless photographs from that site were distributed on social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter.

There was only one Confederate flag featured in a few of those photographs—a cheap, souvenir-sized Confederate battle flag that Dylann Roof didn’t even have on his person when he committed that vicious crime.

Yet millions of mindless, Digital-Age smartphone addicts went berserk when they saw that souvenir-sized battle flag—and gave Republican Nikki Haley an easy way out of examining the gun laws in the state of which she was governor.

Hundreds of almost exclusively White, young protesters showed up on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina—protesting something of which they had no understanding, whatsoever.

At the time, no one even knew what had incited all these mindless, Digital-Age protesters—all from privileged backgrounds—in the first place.

It was a Twitter post: #TakeDownTheFlag (Hashtag: Take Down The Flag!). It was immediately after this mindless Digital-Age scene that Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley made a speech in which she blamed a mass murder in Charleston, South Carolina, on a historical flag in Columbia, South Carolina.

This is why I choose not to have a cellphone or smartphone.

This is why I choose not to have a Facebook or Twitter account.

This is why I choose to limit the Digital-Age technology in my life.

What’s especially sad is that I would have to murder nine people in a place of worship before you would even read this post.

Or I would have to exploit the murder of nine people in a place of worship—for my own political career—before you would even read this post.

That’s how shallow this Goddamned Digital Age is.

That’s how mindless this Goddamned Digital Age is.

That’s how tragic this Goddamned Digital Age is.

And that’s how godless this Goddamned Digital Age is.


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