kyledeb: January 2008 Archives

A friend of mine sent me this informative and beautiful documentary the other day providing valuable insight into the places that U.S. migrants come from.

This was originally posted on my MTV Think profile for the Street Team.

All bloggers have their issues.  Each and every one of us has a special something that we add to the digital universe.  It results in a diversity that is beautiful at the same time that it is ugly and contentious.  Even with all of our differing views there is one thing all bloggers can unite against: traditional media attacks on our new mediums of communication. 

As someone who was interviewed for, and saw first-hand how Jenn Abelson of the Boston Globe went about writing her piece "MTV wants digital army to bring back the buzz", I can say that Abelson not only wrote an unfair new media attack piece, but she also went about gathering her information with what seemed to be the explicit purpose of undercutting the legitimacy of new media.  You only have to read the first two sentences of Abelson's piece to understand where I'm coming from:
This was originally posted on my Think profile for Street Team '08 at streetteam08.com:

U.S. citizen youth vote for more than themselves, they vote for the betterment of others. When it comes to issues like income inequality, social stratification, the environment, human rights, and multilateral foreign policy, looking out for the people around us is high on our generation’s list of priorities. Voting altruism is a revolutionary idea. Voting selflessly, not selfishly, might even seem counterintuitive. But in a flat world strange things start to make a lot of sense. 

Changeseeker's post reminded me of this the other day.

For Christmas my mother gave me this book compiled by Steve Coffman entitled Founders v. Bush: a Comparison in Quotations of the Policies and Politics of the Founding Fathers and George W. Bush.  In all honesty, the book isn't very good (sorry mom!).  It strings together quotations that I think are unrelated and unfair.  Just to give people the quotations I'm going to cite are contrasted with two of Bush's quotes under the header "Importance of Union" (p. 3):

GEORGE W. BUSH: "I'm a uniter, not a divider."
-Interview with David Horowitz for Salon.com, May 6, 1999

GEORGE W. BUSH: "I care what 51 percent of the people think of me"
-To Oprah Winfrey, September 20, 2000, quoted by Salon.com
Then to my surprise, in the same section, I get blown out of the water by these quotes from George Washington that have startling relevance in the fight for migrant emancipation.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: "The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions, whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment."
-Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association and the Other Inhabitants of the Kingdom of Ireland Who Have Lately Arrived in the City of New York, December 2, 1783

Short Blog Round-Up

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Rather than comment on these two entries, I just thought I'd point people to them because they deserve to be read.

I've been meaning to write something on how the prison industry in the U.S. has looked to migrant detention for growth and profits, but I don't think there's a better person that could have taken this on than XP.  I'll certainly be linking back to his post a whole lot.

Also, Renata Avila of Global Voices recently put together an excellent post on migrants.  Yes, she mentioned Citizen Orange but rather than read the small part of the post she dedicates to me check out what some other Guatemalans are saying.  Beautiful stuff.

I'm Back

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It's been a long time away from my computer.  Time that has done me good, I feel.  I'm fortunate enough to have wonderful friends that have picked up my slack with insightful posts.  Changeseeker has hit Citizen Orange in full force, and I trust you've all enjoyed her writing as much as I have over the years.  I will write more fully tomorrow about my time away and the new year, but for now I just wanted to let everyone know that it's good to be back.