In my personal study of new alternative media trends, I think what I’ve been watching is accelerating; the blending of social media, blogging, journalism, activism, “radio”, video, content sharing, etc. Its something I would also like to become more involved in myself. Sites that have pretty much everything going on are popping up, and more established sites are following suit. Social media icons are nestling into place at the tops of sidebars and at the ends of posts, headers are becoming animated windows of intrigue, and useful interaction is in fast evolution.
The trick of it though, is how to do this in such a way that it isn’t such a jumbled circus. Slowly things ARE getting cleaned up. So far I think the best example of elegant online interaction and content sharing is twitter. I would guess that the microblogging function of twitter is by far the fastest spreader of massive amounts of information. Even if it is still out-ranked in terms of “individual visits”, the potential for the quality and quantity of available information within that visit is far superior to anything else out there… there is simply no better way to get your news. The strength of it’s quirky functionality is also related to its only big weakness, which is that a large slice of the population doesn’t yet “get it”. At an unmotivated glance twitter can look like a confusion, and so there is still an intimidation factor about it. As the little blue bird logo keeps spreading though, I think almost everyone will succumb to its inevitable omnipotence.
As the best current expression of the merging of the social networking aspects of life in modern society, twitter is really just the most visible marker of where we are at, and where we still need to go – that is if the goal is still to live in peace, freedom, liberty, and prosperity. Something new is coming though… something as of yet unnamed, that will help speed MSMs stampede over the cliff into oblivion. Large corporate news networks are obsolete, and were really ALWAYS destined for the scrap heap, as is anything the establishment gets it’s hands on. WE are the new media! Read more…
From the High Desert… Art Bell??? For about a month I’ve been watching the cryptic trickling of an announcement from Art Bell that he… well, we don’t actually know exactly what he’ll be doing, and from where – but it’s a good guess that it will be audible and available to a wide audience. Chances are also good that it will indeed be from Pahrump Nevada according to the location displayed on his new twitter account @ArtBell51. My drawing of Art is a takeoff on one of the several “clues” which have been showing up on his site. Is he still sporting a mustache? I don’t know, probably not… but oh well – artistic license. About a month ago, a Whitley Strieber tweet alerted me to what was unfolding. There at artbell.com in the middle of a black screen all by itself were three exclamation points; one red, one white, and one blue. Next came a red, white, and blue smiley, and then a big fat red, white, and blue line of Morse Code that was beeping away which translated to the message that’s now displayed there in giant white text:
“Wanna take a ride?”
(Its a familiar catch phrase from his show which he borrowed from the movie “Contact”) This playful rollout is signature Art Bell – out of the box creativeness reminiscent of the America I miss so much. UPDATE: Wanna take a ride has been replaced with Incoming Message, and a slow loading bar is indicating the announcement will… Read more
Although America’s two most important historical documents, The Declaration of Independence and The US Constitution are almost universally considered inseparable in their foundational significance, I call myself first, a “declarationist” rather than a “constitutionalist”. The reason is that The Declaration on its own is electric. It is very “independent” – needing no help in any way, the constitution however, is not. Without the energy from the declaration, the constitution is like a marvelous machine… unplugged.
It is often said that The Constitution is too ambiguous, open to wide subjective interpretations, and that it has proven to be ineffectual in preventing the return of tyranny. This is indeed the case – at that critical point, when sufficient numbers of we the people for a variety of reasons no longer intuitively connect with the spirit of the words. The Beauty of The Declaration is that it IS the spirit of the constitution. It is the key.
A contemporary of the times, a witness or participant in the revolution, would certainly have no trouble comprehending the spirit of the constitution, the purpose for separating the powers, for causing the passing of laws to be complex and difficult, etc… impossible really to not understand the point, for those that were “there”.
How can modern Americans better connect to that understanding? READ the declaration and allow it to put you there. The sorrow, pain, the tragic loss… the reality of it – it IS there. Read it until knowing that as an American, you are entitled to adopt it as part of what makes up who you are, and how you feel about this country. Your country. Let the words become a part of you, and any uncertainties you might have as to the purpose of The Constitution will vanish.
We came from every part of the spectrum. Right and left stood together often not ever even realizing it, not for the sake of unification, but united by a truly rare and uniquely qualified presidential candidate. For many an awakening was required – a break from the grip of the two party system which can only maintain its illusion of necessity by distracting the country into conflict with itself. The realization that things can actually be different is powerful and transformative. Sadly America has become indifferent to political corruption. Now as our perilous condition becomes more visible, so too does the cure. In my opinion “the r3VOLution” is our acknowledging that this is our own fault. Can that “American” awareness of the importance of vigilance and the crucial role of personal responsibility be recovered? What if enough realize that the loss of liberty is no longer just the hyperbole of talk show hosts trying to entertain their audiences?
Often the subject of liberty evokes references to “light”… brushfires, illumination, even enlightenment itself. For me, this new sense of responsibility is one of the many inner lightbulbs that fired up. If I care to live in a free society, it is my responsibility to lend my voice to the cause, to the best of my ability, and for as long as I care to be free. These lightening bolt revelations have come not only as lessons learned from a great teacher, but also as inspirations drawn from the exemplary life of a great man. So for all of that and so much more – thank you Ron Paul.
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PLACES TO LEARN
This list is in progress, suggestions would be much appreciated.
“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself”
~ Thomas Jefferson
“The number one responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves with hope that others will follow” ~ Ron Paul
These are samples of a few of the 27 illustrations for Mat Blankenship’s new book “Meet Ron Paul”. (Click here for a larger slideshow)
Illustration has always been on my long list of things I’d love to do… what luck that my first opportunity is of a subject so close to my heart! As a self-employed family guy, this was kinda tough to fit in… but the tireless effort of Ron Paul himself inspired me to somehow make it happen. It was also the confidence I have in what Mat has written. It includes some recent history – much of which, as you probably know, was ignored by the mainstream media. This is definitely at least part of what the book offers… that which we must not allow to go missing from history… “the truth”. Mat did a great job! My hope is that the illustrations will communicate with the same sort of clarity.
Mat’s motivation for writing the book as I’ve understood it, is that if a child looks up “Ron Paul” at their school library, there should be something there for them to find and read that gives them the real story. You can make sure that this happens by buying a copy and donating it to a school near you. We believe this book will help spread the message of liberty, so please help us get it out there through social media and email. For twitter updates from Drawing4Liberty follow here.
UPDATE: The book is available now at the publishers website… also the official “Meet Ron Paul” book site is supposed to go up any moment now. Oh, and there it is – meetronpaul.com is up. I heard the book will also be available on Amazon in a few weeks.