Yeah? You wanna talk about it maybe?
Yeah? You wanna talk about it maybe?
They say it’s haunted. Do you think it’s haunted?
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation wants the power to break into any computer on the Internet and to spy on any person in the world: Liberal MP Philip Ruddock says “We are now looking at how you find out what people are thinking about even before they do it.”
Minority Report, much?
This is the piece of my spine that Dr. Woods removed six years ago. He told me that in over 500 surgeries, this is still the biggest piece of disc he’s ever removed from anyone - and my test results from earlier today show that I just may have blown the same disc *again*. Fingers crossed for physical therapy - otherwise it’s even more major and invasive surgery than I had the first time. A little scary. :/
family guy for the win
Ferguson: A carnival-like demonstration filled the centre of the city after a new police chief given control of protests over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old implemented a dramatic shift in tactics.
Where the officers with assault rifles once stood, backed by armoured trucks topped with snipers’ nests, on Thursday there was almost no police presence.
Officers from the Missouri state highway patrol march with demonstrators in Ferguson. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
This is refreshing.
For some reason, I find sending a text message of exactly 160 characters to be so very satisfying. It’s just like, “yes, this text is perfect, distilled, zen.”
Petition to get all cops to wear cameras:
Come on spread it!
Nothing works like accountability.
#iftheygunnedmedown attacks portrayals of black men killed by police.
By Lisa Wade, PhD
This has been a hard week. Another young, unarmed black man was killed by police. The Root added Michael Brown’s face to a slideshow of such incidents, started after a black man named Eric Garner died after being put in a chokehold by officers less than one month ago. This week’s guilty verdict in the trial of the man who shot Renisha McBride left me feeling numb. Nothing good could come of it, but at least I didn’t feel worse.
The shooting of Michael Brown, however, is still undergoing trial by media and the verdict is swayed by the choices made by producers and directors as to how to portray him. When Marc Duggan was killed by police earlier this year, they often featured pictures in which he looked menacing, including ones that had been cropped in ways that enhanced that impression.
Left: Photo of Duggan frequently used by media; right: uncropped photo in which he holds a plaque commemorating his deceased daughter.
As the media coverage of Brown’s death heated up, the image that first circulated of Brown was this:
Reports state that this was his current Facebook profile picture, with the implication that media actors just picked the first or most prominent picture they saw. Or, even, that somehow it’s Brown’s fault that this is the image they used.
Using the image above, though, is not neutrality. At best, it’s laziness; they simply decided not to make a conscious, careful choice. It’s their job to pick a photograph and I don’t know exactly what the guidelines are but “pick the first one you see” or “whatever his Facebook profile pic was on the day he died” is probably not among them.
There are consequential choices to be made. As an example, the opening photos to this post are two that have circulated since criticism of his portrayal began — the top more obviously sympathetic and the bottom more neutral.
Top: Wearing a cap and gown with former President Clinton; bottom: in sunglasses posing with a bottle and a microphone.
The juxtaposition brilliantly revealed how easy it is to demonize a person, especially if they are a member of a social group stereotyped as violence-prone, and how important representation is. It caught on and the imagery was repeated to powerful effect. A summary at The Rootfeatured examples like these:
The New York Times reports that the hashtag has been used more than 168,000 times as of August 12th. I want to believe that conversations like these will educate and put pressure on those with the power to represent black men and all marginalized peoples to make more responsible and thoughtful decisions.
Pay attention. “News” media thrives on sensation and frenzy, not truth or reality.
Support the artist! Watch the full poem: Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black”
this is so relevant in light of recent events of police brutality against MIchael Brown and john Crawford. #blacklivesmatter