kyledeb: January 2008 Archives
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:
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."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.
-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
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
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.