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Sooo, what happened to Anonymous, or the Social Media Dorkdumb cutting off ISIS?
On the cover:
Terror and Social Media
Social media are computer-mediated tools that allow people to create, share, or exchange information, career interests, ideas, and pictures-videos in virtual communities and networks. Social media is defined as a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.
How Unabashed Capitalism Is Decapitating Innocents By Proxy
Sounded reassuring, right? Wrong, and not for Anonymous' failure to take down such money-driven organs of the mental droppings of one schmuck to another; no, it seems that unnamed (hmm) security professionals and other law enforcement organs have now 'transplanted' their mindset amongst civic-minded..dare it be said? Patriots who affirm life versus any death cult.
'You see (that's these square-jawed lawmen speaking, now) we are able to 'track 'em down' using their social media signatures.'
Bang up job, Interpol, FBI, et.al.-------in the interim, Anonymous has taken down 20,000 and likely many more (that figure's from 11/2015) and thusly prevented recruitment by these decapitators while proverbial Rome burns (another of Daesh's promises, btw). Yep, the cops are always fiddling like Nero, ready to blame the blazing chaos reported dutifully by the media---both, like so many hapless feckless fire-watchers.
As for the inventors of these social media outlets, tracking is happening, alright, just not by the cops so much (though NSA is still ready, willing, able....just google 'Snowden') as those stalwarts of commerce, ready, willing and so very able with your tacit consent to monetize your 'youness' even up to and including your funeral arrangements...sell, baby, sell, the mantra of all the Sarah Palin low-brows who sit before their Oz-run screens and qualitatively quantify your every move, or lack of it ('(s)he's ordering that LED dildo, track it!).
Let's break it down, shall we, given that one must largely take Anonymous at it's word, per se, seeing as how they're....hackers, albeit, hacked off..hackers. Ahem.
1) The Free Speech Purists: "free speech activists worry that if government officials encourage policing certain kinds of speech that veers uncomfortably close to censorship. “I think we have to ask if that’s the appropriate response in a democracy,” says Jillian York, the director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s International Freedom of Expression.
“While it’s true that companies legally can restrict speech as they see fit, it doesn’t mean that it’s good for society to have the companies that host most of our everyday speech taking on that kind of power.” ['Wired', 11/21/15]
2) Fakebook: Yep, that's this 'hack's (their likely name for moi) rechristening; here's why-- “There is no place for terrorists on Facebook,” says Facebook spokesman Andrew Souvall. So far, so good. Steve Stalinsky, executive director of Middle East Media Research. “Of all the companies, they’re the leader and the best at removing content,” he says. ['Wired', 11/21/15] Now, “We’re seeing a weaponization of these platforms by terrorists,” says Mark Wallace, the chief executive officer of the Counter Extremism Project and former Bushy UN dude. Yes, I'm quoting him despite that whole chicken little Iraq falling sky thingy. The point is, this site's superiority is relative in a world where terrorists are absolute. So, blocking the 99 who want to enslave some gullible kids and leaving the 1 who triggers a dirty bomb, bam, Fakebook--and all within driving distance goes poof. Forever, pretty much.
3) TwiT(er): The absolute worst, hence the Briticism (see: Pythons 'Upper Class Twit Sketches'). Here's why:“Twitter stands for freedom of expression,” founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey said earlier this year, “and we will not rest until that is recognized as a global fundamental human right.” I'm guessing the rope sales are way up, right Jack? Now, it's not suggested that this fine capitalist and freedom fighter is insincere, no, just that he's facilitating what Vlad Lenin (no, not the Beatle, you twits) predicted about capitalism and rope sales. (Google it).
Deep breaths, that's it; ok, let's decompress on our collective yoga mat (oops, could be made of hemp, rope-like, yikes). Seriously, now comes the navel contemplation part, and blame it on the bossa-yoga, right, Elvis? (Terrible rendition by him, btw, just sayin, of that 'Bossa Nova' ditty...); where were we?
The challenge, say the would-be Nero's is that the 'whole question...blah, blah, blah, think academic remove, smoking the wrong kind of pipe, etc.... 'goes beyond tracking down terrorists. We must define our...terms. Enter, the captains of the School of Obvious Dissection Ad Infinitum. Hello, a rose is a rose is a rose, or use the duck thing if you must, but put out the freaking 'firestorm' wrought by these black hats (hoods, whatever). They, however, morph into cumbayaland: " In a sense, the two platforms are global communities, each engaged in a constant process of determining community norms as the use of the platforms evolves." ['Wired', for last utterance, 11/21/15]
Perhaps, like you, we could use a huge break given to us, please; has Silicon Valley become the Valley of the Dolls, in the thrall to Billy C.'s etymological hair-splitting of one-syllable words like, say, 'is'?
If only Muhammed Ali (ironic as Hades, right, name like that) could speak; he'd simply utter these words: "Rope-a-dopes, I'm still the greatest of all time! I don't want you livin with roaches, so get out the black flag..." Wow. Irony city. BTW, google his TV ads for Black Flag, now there be some serious historical irony.
J b Pravda, Philosophic Opinion: Born Brooklyn, NY, US Government Attorney during Watergate, when he 'Felt' uneasy about governments, and laws; later, public company CEO, lobbyist, now, multimedia artist, published produced playwright (paid royalties), columnist for leading magazines; his paintings have been published & exhibited as well as included in a national touring exhibition as well as several multimedia exhibitions in NY and other venues. Published diversity author via major university, winning Finalist in Stymie... (more...)