What the $@#% is going on?

January 19, 2012 at 7:33 am | Posted in Life and Living | 1 Comment
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If you tried to search the Internet yesterday, you may have found yourself blacked out or blocked from the resources you rely on everyday.  And if you have been living under a rock, away from the media, people and technology, you may have missed the launch of an advocacy effort to put an end to two pieces of legislation that would disrupt our economy, our daily lives, and compromise our freedom.  But why would this happen in America, home of the free, land of the brave?  Because of a few bad seeds who redefined the term piracy (I really preferred the childhood definition that connect pirates to Captain Hook, but I digress.)

I have written in the past about my unfiltered lifestyle.  I’ve also blogged about the things I don’t blog about.  I have, in my own way, censored myself.  And we all censor ourselves, just some more than others.  I happen to censor myself as little as possible while some of my friends share significantly less than I do.  But the point is that I am choosing to censor myself when I deem it appropriate.  I am of legal age which means I can say what I want when I want because I am old enough to judge when it is appropriate or not.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case.  There are always going to be those who break the rules, who rip people or companies off.  But we live in a country that has prided itself on freedom, and if this legislation does pass, we are going back on the very principles this country was founded on. And while the intention of the legislation is aimed at piracy, the, perhaps unintended consequence is the freedom to post, link or write what you want without big brother monitoring.

But this isn’t a new debate.  This is actually a reborn debate that has just reached new heights in the digital age where information sharing has gone to unbelievable extremes.  I remember my first journalism class in high school and learning all about the history of censorship and how it related to the print press as it was.  I remember learning about propaganda and the role it played in several world wars.  None of this has changed.  There are still debates on how the news is reported, how images of people jumping out of the towers on 9/11 were hidden after many had already seen the devastation happen in real time.  Fair and balanced is a thing of the past, if it ever existed.  Even in America, freedom of speech is constantly in question.  And today, more people are speaking.

At my last job, I was doing some international media work, which was an interesting experience.  I learned just how lucky we are to live in a country that doesn’t block internet content, where media stories aren’t all controlled by the government, where a little blogger like myself can voice my opinions for the entire blogosphere and internet community to hear if they choose to listen.  So while the world keeps changing and evolving, I am sure we have not seen the last of this debate.  I just hope that our country, our government makes the right decision and does not punish the innovators that have created the new information world just to rid the world of a few questionable sites.

Life – Unfiltered

February 24, 2011 at 7:37 am | Posted in Life and Living | 5 Comments
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photo via desertpeace.wordpress.com

This post is dedicated to my dear friend and fellow blogger, Ms. Dezolutions, who is usually at the brunt of my unfiltered chatter.

In life, there are those who talk and those who use very few words.  There are also those who it just takes a little bit to get out of their shell, and sometimes it just takes some maturity to feel confident speaking one’s mind.

I never had that problem.  For as long as I can remember I have spoke my mind, without much hesitation.  I am blunt but often eloquent.  Basically if you want to really hear the truth, just call me up.  What comes with this capability is the ability to always have a come back, to be able to bounce off a perfect stranger at the drop of a hat.  This can really help make the morning commute, and other times spent in the company of strangers, much more pleasant.

And when you are a talker, people listen.  They know you will always have something to say and they count on you to get the conversation started if it gets awkwardly quiet.  What can I say? I like conversation.  And what makes a good conversationalist is someone who also listens.  I don’t talk just to hear the sound of my own voice.  I talk to learn from others and to share my opinions and knowledge with others.

Of course, I have suffered the occasional foot in mouth syndrome.  I have regretted many things I have said that, perhaps, went unnoticed, and perhaps didn’t.  I’ve sounded stupid, in retrospect, and I’ve definitely offended a few people.  Surprisingly, my mouth never got me into a fist fight.  I learned a long time ago that a better verbal fighter is one who fights fairly and does not use curse words or call names, unless completely necessary (or if I’m insanely angry).

And I have learned from my mistakes.  We live in a world with a lot of over-sensitive people and you never know if you are in the presence of one, or if you are just about to hit on a touchy topic.  While I am not one of these people, I have become more reserved when necessary and increasingly more thoughtful in how I word things.

But I haven’t lost my edge. Not at all. Not in the least bit.  I’m still as ballsy as I was when I walked around college in Massachusetts with my I LOVE NY back pack.  I’m still as sassy as I was cheering for the Yankees in a crowd of Red Socks fans.  And I still play the devil’s advocate when the heated topic of politics comes to the table.

I live my life unfiltered. I don’t sugarcoat.  I can be harsh. I can be funny.  I can be offensive.  But above all, I am honest.  If you want someone to lie to you, you are in the wrong place.

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