Rerun from 2016 Election

The President of Digital Content, and Hope for Hillary

Posted on November 2, 2016

President Obama, in fact, will be leaving office with far more digital content to archive than any previous president.  Not very surprising, you might say, considering the years of his presidency and the rise of social media during his term.   He will have attracted 11.1 million Twitter followers, not to mention the numbers who follow him on Facebook and Instagram.  Obama’s tweets will move over to a new handle, @POTUS44, maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.  Maybe the Archives and Records Administration could be a helpful agency to Hillary Clinton in maintaining a repository of all her digital communications (on both government and personal servers) during her term as Secretary of State.   Or at least I think that is all that the FBI is really interested in?

Just archive them and then make them all available whenever she finishes any future government assignment she may have, like President of the United States?  Okay, if she doesn’t win, I guess it’s all fair game, but how much time does Congress or any other “aggrieved party” want to spend on all this mess.  Anthony Weiner’s sextexting emails included.  Really?  Unfortunately, we don’t have any Donald Trump sexual harassment activities on videotape, but we certainly have enough testimony from women who have been harassed by him.  Let’s face it.  If you have been a star on reality TV, you must be now qualified to be President.

Please!  Let’s stop the madness before it is too late.  Think about your own and your children’s future.  Obama has brought us back from a financial disaster that he inherited in 2008.  I think he truly made America a better country in more ways than economically.  Don’t turn back the clock on this progress.  It’s not really all about Twitter and social media, but Obama used it to unite us, not divide us.

Trump has used it to divide us!

Ray Myers

Posted in Facebook, internet, social media, technology, Twitter Tagged Hillary Clinton, National Archives and Records Administration, Obama, Trump Leave a comment

P.S. Will be back on September 5. Happy Labor Day.

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Summer ReRun – a Year Later

We Have All Been Trumped!

Posted on August 14, 2017 by raymyers1101

Cable news loves Trump.  He has been a boon to their ratings over the past two years, and they are not letting go any time soon.  So in many ways, we have become what we like to watch, and Trump is the character who has captured our imagination for the right or wrong reasons.  It’s all about the ratings, baby!

The three leading cable news networks rarely discuss any other topic other than Trump during prime-time hours, their highest-rated period of the day.  Trump is the focus during daytime hours, too, when cable news actually tends to report some news, rather than merely talking about it .  .  . But cable’s reliance on Trump is as much a programming strategy as a reflection of the news of the moment.  Zucker (Cable News Network President) acknowledges that the audience’s response to all the Trump news on cable validates the approach.  Only a few years ago, ‘writers wrote that cable news was irrelevant, that it was being overtaken by the Internet’ he said.  ‘The fact is, cable news has never been more relevant or more successful than it has been for the last two years.’”

And I thought the Internet was going to change the world!  I guess that watching TV is just more entertaining, and maybe that is what most people want to do during “prime time.”  Cable news has become our latest national obsession.  Jeff Zucker is very happy!

What ever happened to reading, thinking, finding the truth!

Ray Myers

Posted in Cable newsinternet Tagged CNNTrump, TV, Zucker

Summer ReRun – Two Years Later

Pope Warns of Becoming “Couch Potatoes”

Posted on August 1, 2016

Don’t retreat into video games and computer screens: engage in social activism and politics to create a more just world.  This is not your usual encyclical message from the world leader of Catholicism, but this is not your typical pope.  “Dear young people, we didn’t come into this world to vegetate, to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on.  No, we came for another reason: To leave a mark.”  Pope Francis decried a modern escapism into consumerism and computers that isolate people.  In many ways I believe this has become an unintended consequence of technology’s power to connect us with the rest of the world.  It also empowers us to escape into a more self-centered existence.

Francis’ call challenges Christians to be more courageous, to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes, and to set out on new and unchartered paths.  Leave your comfort zones and tend to the needy of the world was also a major part of the pope’s appeal.  I believe that technology is also a tool that can help us reach out to the needy of the world.  This may not have been part of the Pope’s message that day, but I am sure he wouldn’t mind this interpretation.  You can go online to find an organization that may be of interest to you in meeting the Pope’s challenge.  Have a look at the many social action websites listed on charity.org.

Please also keep those walking shoes handy.  Maybe you will also be inspired to set out on new and unchartered paths.

Did we all get new walking shoes?

Ray Myers

Posted in Global, Global Learning, mobile devices, Online, technology Tagged Jesus, politics, Pope Francis, social activism, video games Leave a comment

Just Two Years Ago

Summer Rerun – Tweeting Away at the National Conventions in U.S.  (Originally posted on July 13, 2016)

Posted on August 9, 2017 by raymyers1101

You too can be commenting on the activities at the national conventions thie election year. Now people around the world can “experience democracy in action.” What a concept! And Twitter is making this all possible. Social media can now become political media. I guess we already have some of that on PBS when they broadcast the proceedings from the House and Senate floors. But let’s be honest, most of the time all we see are politicians milling around on their chambers’ floors while some random tweets are scrolling on the bottom half of the TV screen. I guess the conventions will be a lot livelier, but who knows?

Watching Donald Trump has been a lot more entertaining when compared to Republican candidates of prior campaigns, but I think the TV networks recognized his entertainment value to the detriment of his political rivals. “The Donald” probably knew this too, and now that he has succeeded in securing the nomination may decide not to run at all! What a country! What are we doing? We would rather be entertained than challenged to make a choice about what direction the country should go. And the most successful candidate may be the one who best panders to all our fears and prejudices. My biggest worry is that political intolerance will grow in this country, and that our thirst for demagogary will increase at the expense of substantive debate (remember those Republican debates!)

In the meantime, let’s keep tweeting while “Rome burns.” Twitter may help us better follow the machinations at the upcoming political conventions, but realistically, they are currently treading water in an ocean of social media. Their stock price has fallen by over half in the last 12 months, and user growth has stagnated at roughly 310 million regular monthly visitors. Everybody wants to be on Facebook. Maybe Mark Zuckerberg can help us with the election process four years from now? I don’t think so? (August 2018)

Ray Myers