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Saturday Morning Open Thread: Convergence & Coalescence, xkcd Edition

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To quote Henry Jenkins, Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program as well as a full Professor of Literature at MIT, on the topic of media convergence:

We are living in an age when changes in communications, storytelling and information technologies are reshaping almost every aspect of contemporary life -- including how we create, consume, learn, and interact with each other. A whole range of new technologies enable consumers to archive, annotate, appropriate, and recirculate media content and in the process, these technologies have altered the ways that consumers interact with core institutions of government, education, and commerce.

That's a lot of "stuff" all coalescing into new, hopefully synergetic ways of disseminating and assimilating information. We've seen examples of it most recently with regard to the activities of loosely organized anonymous hacking groups as well as with the recent internationally reported riots - the riots in Egypt and London, for example (but by no means the only ones).

Even citizen journalism has taken on new power and meaning as various technologies merge, enabling citizens to report local news and events to the masses like never before.

It's a brave new world of information exchange, security and cyber-warfare - and it's permeating the very fabric of the cultures in many first-world nations.

How do you see this playing out now, in your life? Where do you think it's going to lead us, and what are some of the possible as-yet unforeseen consequences that may arise?

Comments are open - remember, this is an Open Thread.

Namaste.

 

Only footnote references - and comments - appear over-the-fold.

 

Unabashed Insanity: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

A 2010 DVD release called Scott Pilgrim vs. The World just came up on my radar this morning: the clip looks suitably insane to actually suggest a pretty fun experience.

If you've seen it, or at least watched the trailer, let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

And now for something completely different...an eagle steals a ball during a game of fetch

Yes, an eagle just stole the ball...

That kind of brings the game of "fetch" to a whole new level, doesn't it? (And quite likely either intrigued or annoyed the dog - possibly both.)

Hat-tip Life with Dogs via Facebook.

 

Today's Google News

Google announces its new TiSP wireless broadband internet service:

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Good-hearted Fun, With A Sinister(-esque) Google, By The Vacationeers

If you like a good mental twist on reality, you should check out The Vacationeers on YouTube. They've got a lot of good stuff, including a semi-sinister take on how Google's manifestation into almost every aspect of life could become - well, if not the stuff of nightmares, then the stuff of the Twilight Zone. Or maybe the Outer Limits.

Hat-tip NathanNewman of Daily Kos, whose diary You're Not Google's Customer -- You're the Product brings another, different perspective to the pervasiveness of Google.

Part 1, "The Googling" - Google Maps

Part 2, "The Googling" - Google Moon

 

Continued after the jump. Three more videos embedded...

 

Let's Play "Une fausse piste: Sardonic Sweetmeat Edition"

It appears that the influx of new Republican governors and bolstered numbers in both Congress and various state legislatures has led to a merry round of "screw the people" all under the faux auspices of budgetary due-diligence and fiscal responsibility. The biggest, most blatant example of GOP (and teabagger) hypocrisy is currently front-paged on DailyKos, neatly summarized with a side-helping of snark:

With all of the crocodile tears Republicans are shedding over the budget, you'd think they'd be more concerned about publicly wasting the taxpayers' dollars because Fitzgerald heard a rumor.

This, of course, has to do with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) sending Wisconsin State Troopers to the homes of the "missing" 14 Senate Democrats this morning. And it reminds me of a game...

The Immortalization of William "Bill" O'Reilly (SRSLY!)

Yes, folks, it's true: Bill O'Reilly is becoming an immortal. But don't fret -- it's not like he'll become a stalwart bastion of conservative ideology. He's instead gone the way of "stalwart bastion of ridicule" and created an immortal (and hilariously appropriate) new internet meme:


The animated ORLY? You Can't Explain That.

A post over at GeekOSystem tells the story:

Last month, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly stepped into instant Internet infamy when, in a debate with American Atheists president David Silverman, O'Reilly attempted to prove the existence of God by citing the mystery of the tides: "I'll tell you why not a scam, in my opinion. Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that. You can't explain why the tide goes in." Only one problem: There's this thing called the Moon which might have a little to do with tides.

Bill-O wasn't expecting to actually get an answer, never mind a complete - and polite - utter smackdown. And now, he's achieved the ultimate in unintended consequences: he has, in his arrogance, created a meme that will likely survive him and find its way into a myriad of modern day pop-culture expressions.

Amazingly, I'll bet he can't explain that, either.

h/t Opinions Unrestrained.

 

Why I wince whenever I hear someone say "Break a leg!"

Taken from one of my recent Facebook updates...crossposted to DailyKos. -- GH

I know that's considered good luck for those in the entertainment industry, but I wince whenever I see that now -- and particularly (perhaps most importantly), any derivative of "if you ever get hit by a bus/car/etc." ...

I was working... as a team leader in the healthcare industry, part of the IT department of a major PPO insurance plan managed care provider, and three days in a row I had three different individuals say to me "If you ever get hit by a bus, we're screwed."

 

Open Thread - Notes From The Grinch

Something that gets lost in the news about the unemployed is the fact that much of what used to be the backbone of this nation's economic prowess, the middle class, is now the working poor:

Imagine That: Working Poor On The Rise

After the Republicans crashed to economy in 2008 one thing became immediately clear. It would not be the folks who can afford it who would pay for the excesses of the last few decades. No, the elitist millionaires in Congress and the White House would make sure they kept their precious tax breaks. Yes, the only group that would be expected to sacrifice just like always would be the working American. Now a new study is out showing just how much they did sacrifice.

One can only hope that Capitol Hill is really ready to grow its heart a few sizes before things get any worse. But if the media and the politicians are unable to even address the issue of Class War honestly, I can't see them actually fixing the problems. Not in the the favor of the average American, for certain.

Below the fold is a hint from the ghost of Christmas past as to what this sometimes Grinchy like kind of guy may post on soon...

Open Thread - You know you would have been there had you known

Or, at least, your kids would certainly have whisked you away had they known.

Fortunately for you, The Rachel Maddow Show's Kent Jones stopped by and snagged you some video so you can see a bit of what you missed:

Quidditch World Cup IV from The Rachel Maddow Show on Vimeo.

Quidditch World Cup IV

"46 Teams 757 Athletes 1 World Champion"

Feel free to sweep up some interesting dirt and hide it in comments where we keep the Goblins, House Elves, the occasional Troll and maybe even some other popular mythical creatures under the Open Thread fold.