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Barack Obama 2.0…

Dedicated to Amber and Najja, my Final Project group buddies in

Baracka Obama, U.S. Senator from Illinois, is keeping up in the Presidential Election. Whether you think he’s hot, cool or wack, he’s almost on point when it comes to the polls and today’s technological situation. Obama recognizes that technology benefits the world and he pays special attention to developing a stronger technology system and team that would be sure to protect children. Parents and other adults would benefit from the rights of our FIRST AMENDMENT.


All i REALLY know about Obama is this: After I logged in to his website, a quick message came up that said I’d be connected to the main page…and in 1-2-3, I was there! (It’s the little things that make me happy, I guess, but he gained a little of my trust.)


Obama has really dove into the





He Even Proposes



Notes and STUFF…





OBAMA SAYS: 1) Train more people for high tech jobs. 2) Give citizen rights to immigrants who earn a college degree in the U.S. 3) Use technology to improve universal healthcare. 4) Connect all of America to 21st century broadband.












November 17, 2007 Posted by | Barack Obama, bill of rights,, Blog, eons, Facebook, First Amendment, flickr, Life, News, OBAMA MOBILE, partybuilder, Politics, Second Life, YouTube | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yes, There Is An i In Team!


Thanks to It’s all about who you know… and Shel Israel’s comment on my last post, I found an i in team…iTeam! Why shouldn’t we recognize that every team has an i? Israel worked 17 hours a day for 6 months on Naked Conversations, and I initially referred to the book in my last post as if he had nothing to do with it, dismissing his collaboration with Scoble. My apologies!


i’s are an important part of the team and here is a little breakdown: Look at Facebook, a young team of networkers. Each networker created a personal account and profile, once upon a time, and then searched for Friends after his/her Facebook

skin was ready to be presented to a community of people. Without individuals, Facebook would be nothing and there would be no platform and no applications. Lucky for the network, i’s have come together to form Facebook and users like me get no financial credit. We do, however, get the privilege of creating our own groups and applications, and we’re connected to everyone on our Friends List.


Those of us who have jobs are definitely lucky. Some people use their Friends to get jobs, thinking that It’s all about who you know… Actually, the assertion could be true considering all the corporate relationships today…just look at all of Google’s Friends!


Collaborations are part of business and it looks like Signe gets the idea, since she’s on tour with a Pakistani pop-star and all. Hopefully she knows that she’s a star no matter how much exposure she gets. In a world where money consumes the minds of nearly everyone, I think we should think about the implications and responsibilities of the little tiny i. Forget about what everyone told you, I see an i in Team, don’t you? Seriously though, I see that little i EVERYWHERE.

November 15, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Facebook, Google, iPhone, Myspace, Social Network, technology, world wide web | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Separate And Unequal Blogs In An iTunes Kind Of World

It’s too bad that some people are missing out on juicy topics, simply because they don’t read blogs. Magazines and newspapers are printed in people’s minds as sufficient information for today’s world. So my lesson today is this: Don’t get too caught up in black and white print. Check out the links and videos, and pay special attention to blogs.


Earlier today, I read A Rose-Colored Kind of Apathy, and now I’m drinking a delicious glass of lemonade. The first line, I view blogging as the maximum expression of self-centeredness, drew me in. Nearly offended by the sour BS at the end of the first paragraph, I caught myself wanting to get closer to the center of this particular blog.


On Blogs…


Let’s not put them in a rose-colored miscellaneous file. As links are in blue, blogs should be in red. So quick to lose its meaning, blogs are WEB-LOGS, simply put, the stories of the people. It takes great skill to report an article in the Washington Post. To get a tight story, you have to get the right quotes and the right angle to make the article objective. Bloggers, a little off-beat, read in between the lines of issues that have personal value, and then blog about it, blah, blah, blah.


Considering that you click where you want, bloggers should mirror your interests and ring a bell. They’ll have you looking for articles in the Washington Post. Like, why haven’t I seen anything in the news about my iPhone containing toxic chemicals? Yes, I want the facts, but blogs can lead the way to a valuable personal awareness.


On War Blogs


Why don’t I know much about the war in Iraq? And why don’t I know how this will affect me? Yes, the 25 and under crowd is stuck in a corner, hooked up to iPods and such. Some of us pause the music/games to get on the front-line in Iraq, like my best-friend who fought in Iraq for 3 years to get a chance to go to college. And others are busy idolizing stars, trying to make money or doing nothing at all.


I didn’t know anything about milblogs before last week. I guess that’s because I hate to talk or even think about the war, so I certainly steer away from clicking around the topic. It’s absolutely ridiculous to me and it doesn’t make sense. Why would a country raise billions of dollars to violate another? I don’t need to hear any details about that for my personal fulfillment. However, military bloggers describe the pain that I imagined as soon as I found out my best-friend could have to go to the war in Iraq. Even if I never read another milblog again, I am changed forever. My best-friend has never talked to me about the war, so I’m left to wonder. What would be the color of her blog? Would it have a black background with dark letters, like this? What pictures would she show and describe? What did Iraq do to her? Maybe I’ll find out on Thanksgiving when I visit her in Indiana. This is better than the Washington Post, but thank goodness for my instructor who made me click around in the war zone.


Separate & Unequal Blogs


I, too, am fortunate enough to reap the benefits of a people who struggled to be treated humanely. Plenty of black people expressed the pain of separate and unequal treatment in America. Many stories that would have us google-eyed are lost somewhere in Martin Luther King’s dream.


Imagine black bloggers back in the day. BB’s would’ve been too much! Harriet Tubman had her audience right in front of her and broadcasting her intelligence to the rest of the world would’ve hurt the mission to escape captivity. The Malcom X’s and the Martin Luther King’s wouldn’t have been able to buy a blog or computer if they tried, but the Nella Larson’s would’ve passed a word out somewhere.


Separate from news and unlike any other personal log, blogs today are right on time and valuable. Almost free, they’re the apple pie in a world where iTunes will instantly let you download and play any song you want to hear, and preview the songs you’ve never heard before. Left to rot underneath light-weight articles, the juiciness of blogs will still satisfy the sweetest craving for the American dream , when all one has to do is search.

November 14, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Google, Iraq, Life, News, Politics, The Search, war, washington post | , , , , , | 5 Comments