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Thoughts on a sunday 12/11/11

December 12, 2011

Thought #1
Please be sure to look up the word ‘satire’ before or right after reading.

I’m pretty sure that if Senator Joe McCarthy were holding his senate hearings in 2011, he would haul none other than Mark Zuckerberg to take the stand. Here is how I see it: Mr. Zuckerberg and his board have taken repeated actions over the years that have favored Russian Oligarchs over the common man and woman in the United States. Facebook has denied millions of Americans the opportunity to profit and prosper in Facebook by remaining private and instead taking hundreds of millions in capital from DST. If Senator Joe could blackball entertainers, he most certainly would attempt to take down Zuckerberg and company for such blatant, anti-American acts.

Please see the first sentence of this thought :).

Thought #2
I have had this crazy idea ‘twirling around my head’ (hat tip Herm!) and I may have mentioned to some of you readers before, but here it is on digital paper.

I want to sponsor worldwide journalism in the world’s hot spots by equipping independent writers with a satellite world phone and a wordpress.com site. @wordpressdotcom is a global media site and is well capable of handling all the requirements of journalists.

It’s super easy (and legal) for me to blog from San Francisco, but what about the hundreds (thousands) of voices that should be heard from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, China. You name your hotspot of the month/year and there are real voices that should be heard. With the technology that is readily available today, but often too expensive for people in hotspots, we could empower a whole generation of ‘people powered journalists’.

I readily admit to being a ‘big idea’ person and less on the nuts and bolts of How it gets done, but then again, I’m allowed to dream!

Over and out,
P2L.

From → Musings

4 Comments
  1. velvet! you are the best!

  2. I’m an idea person too. Thought #2 sounds awesome!

    • phil permalink

      Thank you Daniela. Keep coming back. i’ve got a couple more ‘twirlin’ around right now (especially after my USPS experiences today!)

  3. You should check out LiveStream’s program for Citizen Journalists:

    http://sfappeal.com/news/2011/12/livestreamer-hopes-to-turn-occupy-oakland-reporting-into-full-time-job.php

    Not yet at the same scale of WordPress + a Cell Phone – but an interesting case study on how that type of program could work

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