So I may be digressing from my usual commentary here about how technology’s advances and empowerment have made the internet a powerful tool for free expression, but Trump has also managed to make it a tool of oppression. For example, “Over the weekend, the president of the United States retweeted to his 38 million Twitter followers a video clip doctored to show him driving a golf ball off the tee and between the shoulder blades of Hillary Clinton – ‘Crooked Hillary’ in the tweet – knocking the former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee to the ground. Eighty-four thousand people ‘liked’ this violent takedown of Trump’s former opponent.
A woman has been Speaker of the House (and proved substantially more effective than the two men who succeeded her), another came within a whisker of the presidency, and others (Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine) wield the decisive votes on health-care and other legislation. But recent events make it feel as if we’re in an earlier time, when a woman’s job in politics was simple: sit down and shut up. This no doubt is the work of a president who, by word and deed, make sexism safe again, giving license to shed ‘political correctness and blame troubles on minorities, immigrants and women (Milbank, Washington Post, 9/20/17).”
Unfortunately, it looks like there will not be a second chance for Hillary, but her recent book sale numbers may portend what the future may bring. “What Happened” is now the No. 1 best-selling book in America.
Thank you , Yogi Berra. I find these words very comforting in the age of Trump. It’s only been a little over a hundred days of his tenure in the White House, but who’s counting (I am!)? So-called President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey yesterday, based on the recommendations of his so-called Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. It seems like he is still fuming about how he actually lost the popular vote in last year’s election, tweeting last week that “FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!”
Trump sent Comey a very short, self-serving letter which could also be interpreted as a awkward attempt to pardon himself from any transgressions that he may have committed. Here it is: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.” Oh yes, Trump did add that he wished him the best in his future endeavors.
So, what’s next? Maybe we will have a return to days of Watergate-like scandals and true investigative reporting by “real news” journalists.
Maybe it was just a matter of time, but it looks like email may be falling under its own weight. Take a look at your inbox. Do you pride yourself in having all those important messages just waiting for your witty and pithy responses, or are you just impressed with the scope and depth of your importance in the age of the Internet? Or maybe you are just fooling yourself and others? Something will be getting done in the long run, but I think you may be losing something else in the process. You may actually be able to get more done, more efficiently by returning to the days of meeting face-to-face, or talking on a phone of any kind. Not to mention honing your interpersonal skills in the process, if that is important to you?
“Email sometimes tricks us into feeling efficient, but it rarely is. Because it’s asynchronous, and because there are no limits to space and time, it often leads to endless, pointless ruminations.” If decision-makers had ditched email and just held a 15 minute meeting, members of the campaign (presidential) could have hashed out some decisions more quickly in private. “In other words, limits often help. Get on the phone, make a decision, ditch your inbox. The world will be better off for it.”
In the words of one security expert, in light of the hacked world we live in: “If you have something sensitive to say, you’re going to use the phone or walk down the hallway.”