aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Thursday, March 22, 2007
NBC’s no competitive threat
NBC/Universal think they are launching a “competitor” to YouTube. But all it is a place to stream their own content. It’s funny how little some of these old-school companies understand the internet. YouTube is hugely popular because people can upload their own content, not because they are being force-fed whatever drivel the media companies churn out.
Hillary 1984 whodunit: Less “citizen” than meets the eye
Hi. I’m Phil. I did it. And I’m proud of it.
I made the “Vote Different” ad because I wanted to express my feelings about the Democratic primary, and because I wanted to show that an individual citizen can affect the process. There are thousands of other people who could have made this ad, and I guarantee that more ads like it--by people of all political persuasions--will follow. [...]
I’ve resigned from my employer, Blue State Digital, an internet company that provides technology to several presidential campaigns, including Richardson’s, Vilsack’s, and—full disclosure—Obama’s. The company had no idea that I’d created the ad, and neither did any of our clients. But I’ve decided to resign anyway so as not to harm them, even by implication.
This ad was not the first citizen ad, and it will not be the last. The game has changed.
The LATimes on Blue State Digital:
In its statement, Blue State Digital said, “Pursuant to company policy regarding outside political work or commentary on behalf of our clients or otherwise, Mr. De Vellis has been terminated from Blue State Digital effective immediately.”
Blue State Digital was founded by techies who worked on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. It is viewed as one of the top Internet firms working for Democrats.
The company has provided technology, software development and hosting for Obama’s campaign, and one of the firm’s founding partners has taken a leave to work for Obama.
I get that there’s a revolution going on here but this was not just any politically active citizen; this was a professional acting unprofessionally.
Virginia is for virgins
Coming in the NYTimes Book Review this weekend, a review of Virgin: The Untouched History, by Hanne Blank:
When St. Agatha of Sicily refused to give up her virginity to a Roman governor, she had her breasts torn off with pincers, while the equally stalwart St. Lucy was doused with boiling pitch. Lucy turned out to be a kind of heroic virgin Rasputin, because she survived to further spread the word of God, only to have her detractors then slit her throat and pluck out her eyes. Undeterred, with blood gushing from her throat and with her eyeballs in her palms, she continued preaching. I went to Mass regularly for the first 18 years of my life, and they never told us these stories in Sunday school.
Or consider the case of the 16th-century Hungarian countess Erzsebet Bathory, who believed she could preserve her beauty by bathing in the blood of virgins. The first victim, according to Blank, was the countess’s own chambermaid, and 600 more followed, hung upside down like animals before their throats were slit.
Other delicious facts are scattered throughout: Virginia, the first English settlement in North America, was named for Queen Elizabeth I’s most celebrated attribute (which makes me wonder whether the state’s tourism officials want to reconsider whether Virginia really is for lovers).