2008 - 2014 we lost MySpace....
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Jul 24, 2014 - 2:41pm
2008 - 2014 we lost MySpace....

I know I am a simple guy. Not too bright really. But all this talk of change really bedevils me. In 2008 I drew a picture of the world. The exciting, liberating, expansive, and ever changing world of social networks and digital integration. In 2014 all that is missing is MySpace. Rupert somehow forgot where he put it and thus failed to look after it. Entropy ate it. Meanwhile, nothing much has changed. The Chattering is louder. The Clusters are larger. The Global Clans are more sure of their 'beliefs' in social issues and yet demonstrably less persuasive. The Local Tribes have fragmented to become more like 'religious cliques' than ever before. In sum, nothing of real importance has changed since 2008. Sure the Internet is clogged with Spam but it always was headed that way. And social networks are full of people who 'like' everything. Bu…

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Democracy

Americans seem the see themselves as the sheperd of democracy. It is a meltingpoint of cultures and relegions with people from all over the world. It is possible to vote for almost everyting and everyone (not that anyone is interesseted, the avarge upcomming on elecetions is lower than in …

Jul 25, 2014 - 1:53am
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Imaginary Friends... and Foes

I have spent the past couple of weeks moving and, while I have not commented much on Writer Beat, I have taken a few breaks to read some of what has been posted on the site. Some of what I have read prompted a private conversation with Autumn in which she offered to share my thoughts with the commun…

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:13am
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Is Atheism Scientific?

Historians say no one knows for certain who designed Stonehenge or exactly how it was constructed. However, scientists have long assumed someone created Stonehenge, rather than proposing it randomly appeared.  This is the most likely conclusion based on the observable evidence. Historically, wh…

Jul 22, 2014 - 12:57pm
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Transient

I recently read an article posted on LinkedIn by a promising new writer in which she detailed what seemed like an epiphany she had one morning as she was showering. The way she recounted her experience, a thought came out of nowhere. It went something like this, "For some people, having the opportun…

Jul 22, 2014 - 7:34pm
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The Middle East; a Boiling Cauldron of Hate and Ve…

Syria, caught up in a bloody state of civil war, Iraq being torn apart by internal strife, Israel devastating the city of Gaza; a large portion of the Middle has become a boiling cauldron of extreme hate and violence. And, so far Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant force and fierce arch enemy of Israel…

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:57am
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Switzerland (or a lesson in democracy ?)

I just read an article about Switzerland in the magazine "The Economist". When you've read some of my articles yet, you know that I come from Switzerland, that little country in the heart and on the top of Europe, at least what mountains are concerned.We yodel all day, are all in the chocolate and w…

Jul 23, 2014 - 4:41pm
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An African Marriage

Back in 1995 I worked in a company where I was proposed to go to Mali to support the local sister company in IT. Support ? They hadn't seen a computer before, and I flew down where they already waited eagerly for me. They'd received the 5 Siemens PC by air mail, and I started from scratch. This is a…

Jul 22, 2014 - 2:28pm
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The New

My grandmother entered her 60's in an era that allowed her to look old and age naturally. She had grey hair, wrinkles, some facial sagging and a bit of extra weight. In her day there were moisturizers and cold cream instead of wrinkle creams. There were Nestle color rinses and homemade remedies to h…

Jul 22, 2014 - 8:07pm
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Peace and Poison

No doubt terrorism is presenting itself as the biggest and profitable business for so-called peace-holders of the world, so terrorism is satisfying both élite and criminal class of the world, and terrorism has created the number of weapon companies which are now looking against the word peace b…

Jul 16, 2014 - 10:09am
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VANITY

The spiteful old woman appeared abruptly in the Red Bar at the Dorchester Hotel SHE elbowed everyone aside, sat down on the next stool at the bar and hissed “Bitch, malicious bitch, scumbag ...” then turned her wrinkled face towards me and added ... “VANITY”. I was …

Jul 19, 2014 - 3:12pm
 
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The Social Media Job Market

NOTE: This blog is shared with the thought of providing an additional resource/perspective to people looking for jobs or to change their career. I realize it may not be germane to many writers and commenters here, but the information is useful to those who may need it.It is nearly imposs…

Jul 25, 2014 - 12:58pm
 
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TRACING OUT THE NUMBER THIRTY

I wondered how to sell my soul and for how much.I found the answer quickly – and I sold it.The BUYER didn’t haggle – he was rich.He put thirty pieces of silver down on the table, took the soul and left.I traced out the number “THIRTY” and read it over and over again …

Jul 23, 2014 - 8:11am
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Making you 'feel special'....

Recently, I sat down and ordered a traditional pasta meal. But what I really needed was a 'freshly squeezed' orange juice. I had had a craving all day long for this particular drink - not to slake my thirst but perhaps for medicinal reasons.The waitress was clear - there was no 'freshly squeezed ora…

Jul 23, 2014 - 1:01pm
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Out of Control Israel Must Be Reined in by the Nat…

The world is experiencing déjà vu as nations watch Israel’s ongoing oppression and suppression of the people of Palestine that is, once again, taking a very tenuous situation and escalating it into a bloodbath. It does not take much for the Israeli government to erupt and unleash its…

Jul 18, 2014 - 11:00pm
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A passionate defense of CRONY capitalism

I believe Crony capitalism is the most misunderstood term of all time.  So before I begin, let’s allow Wikipedia to define it:  Crony capitalism is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government official…

Jul 21, 2014 - 8:41am
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LIVING FEARLESSLY... In the beginning, there is tr…

Fear is a driver that can stop or debilitate even the best of intentions. Why do we as intellectual beings allow that? Where does that habit (yes, I said habit) come from? And what have some people done to win the battle over the monster?  Why and when do we succumb to the introduction an…

Jun 24, 2014 - 10:57am
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Why Middle East fighting never seems to end

More than 1,000 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza. Sirens go off all over the country, and people run for cover.Israel retaliates, hitting hard with air strikes, killing several militants and destroying terrorist infrastructure.Civilians have been killed because the militants take refuge…

Jul 17, 2014 - 7:46pm
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Patterson's Bakery

As you entered the glass door of Patterson's Bakery bells would gingle above you and behind you as you walked toward the aroma of sugar, spice and everything nice. On the right hand side was a tall commercial refrigerator with a glass door allowing you to look in and identify milk, …

Jul 21, 2014 - 11:44am
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How long did it take for the Police to respond to…

In the United States most Americans prefer law and order. We do not want chaos. The United States has the best armed civilian population in the world, most Americans still like it this way. The American War for Independence began in the cities of Lexington and Concorde, …

Jul 21, 2014 - 12:20pm
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A Thought Experiment

A Thought Experiment “Pick a star, any one of the hundreds of billions stars in our milky way galaxy, which is just one out of hundred billion in the known universe.” “How about this one, it’s orbited by dozens of planets and moons. Suppose on one of them there lives an …

Jul 21, 2014 - 2:18am
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A Disgruntled User Leaves Writer Beat

The following is the email dialogue between me and a former user of Writer Beat.  As you read the exchange there are three questions I’d appreciate feedback on. Knowing I cherish all participants, was there a better way to handle the situation?Do you agree with Sandy (not her real na…

Jul 17, 2014 - 10:12am
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I Wonder
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I Wonder

I wonder,            How we all fit together and fall apartI wonder,            Where we all are and where we all have been But if we knew would it help us understand? I wonder,…

Jul 18, 2014 - 4:48am
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