Category Archives: communication and media

Some Thoughts on Free Speech

My brother Adam posted something on his blog yesterday that spurred me to write down some thoughts I’ve had about free speech lately.
Adam often comments on the Opinion Talk blog run by our local newspaper, The Fresno Bee. Recently, one of the editors posted a request that people who participate there refrain from using personal attacks […]

They Finally Convinced Me

I have Comcast cable internet. When it works, the speed of the connection is great. But there are just too many times when it doesn’t work. Moreover, Comcast has some of the worst customer service I have ever experienced—on the phone, in person, via the web.
But now, with internet usage on the rise, instead of […]

Identity Theft Playground

The LA Times offers another reason to worry about overexposure on the internet. Web social networks friendly to identity thieves “Social networking sites, which let users create detailed profile pages and connect with friends, are becoming the hot new thing for identity thieves, both amateur and professional. As improved spam filters and skeptical consumers make […]

Attention Attraction for the Attention Deficient Generation

Andy Warhol famously quipped, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” His appraisal of the fleeting nature of fame was mostly right. However, he said that before the advent of repeated episodes, re-run and syndicated series, reality TV, blogs, and social networking. Had he seen these, perhaps he’d have suggested “15 episodes”, […]

Thug Life

[While going through old posts, I found a comment that I felt deserved a post of its own. Since the author is a relative of mine and a guest blogger here, I took the liberty of editing the text and publishing it here. Funky] Violent music, aggressive thoughts linked “Violent lyrics in songs increase aggression-related […]