Orange Wisconsin

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 20, 2011

This is a double repost. These items were originally posted at this time in 2009. The ideas expressed are still true. The pictures are from The Library of Congress.

As the corporate news mongers dutifully reported, the Attorney General, Eric Holder, made a speech this week. Transgriot has the transcript. If you read it, you probably have too much free time.

Mr. Holder knows how to work the media machine. The money quote…
Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been … essentially a nation of cowards…. is in the second paragraph. No point in making the reporters miss a deadline to get the juicy goods.
PG does not deny that there are racial problems in America. He does tend to see things from a white point of view. When it is us against them, you need to remember which one you are.

It is often said that
white people and black people need to talk to each other more. This ignores the increasing number of mixed race people, hispanics, and other groups of peoples that live between Canada and Mexico. The mixed race couples, and resulting children, are going to be a larger factor as the years wind along, and do not fall neatly into the categories of black and white.
White people and black people need to talk to each other more. PG has two more comments on this, and he will let the readers go. Short attention span is reality. The key word here is talk. This is not the same as yell. Many people seem to think that the louder they talk, the more truth their words have. This is seldom the case. When you talk to each other, it is very helpful to show respect for the other person. You don’t have to shout!
The other comment also centers on the word talk. White people and black people DO NOT need to talk to each other more. They need to LISTEN more.

One thing about the internet in the link. Double click on a link, and you are there. ( Many prefer to right click, and open in another tab.)

If you want to show someone where you got your information, it is very, very easy to insert a link. This also allows your reader to find out more about the subject, or maybe check out the context of some comments that you quoted.

This is one way where online discourse is different from other media. On TV, you only see what the editor wants you to see, and have to take their word. In print media, the same is true, except in academic journals where footnotes are used.

If you submit a paper in school, you best show where you got your information. Plagiarism is serious business. This is also an issue on the internet.

You would think that using links to show your information would be universal. It is so easy, and gives what you say credibility. An exception to this might be when someone says something questionable. If you ask for a link, you can expect to be insulted. This indicates  that the statement  is not accurate.

The internet is in a wild west phase. You can say almost anything you like, and hope that people believe you. It is in your best interest to help them by showing where you got your information.

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