Come on People!

Get over race, gender, religion, and all the other K.R.A.P. that makes our rich guys shoot missiles at each other. Enough is enough. Simply love fair, pray fair, play fair and pay fair, and give the kids something to eat… it is that simple, I promise!

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Published in: on September 12, 2013 at 23:57  Leave a Comment  

The United States Constitution And The Bill of Rights: Is It Really For Everyone? It’s Supposed To Be!

Read the Bill of Rights Herehttp://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

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I am American, and I want my America to become “One Nation… with Liberty and Justice for All”. The censorship I received from Facebook last night, and my rant thereof, is indicative of how strong [the] Media, Big Business, and American Capitalist Democracy really are–“One for all… and all for those with power and privilege”.

I agree that Obama-care may not be the best solution to the healthcare crises, but it is a start to a breaking away from the “Status Quo”– it is not “Socialized Healthcare”! However, I get my medical needs taken care of by the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Long Beach, California. The VA has been hailed as the best model of a “Socialized Healthcare System” in the World–it just doesn’t add up, all the bickering we hear lately from Washington, now does it?

To move on, Mark Zimmerman should have never been fully exonerated, though I don’t see it as a case of simple “Premeditated Murder” either. However, he is guilty of killing someone and is therefore not fully innocent, as the sterile verdict stated–mere semantics can change everything! Likewise, Edward Snowden will never be free, but at least he is standing up for what he believes in, though I do see him as breaking his oath to up hold our Constitution and should not be fully allowed to get away with his misgivings either. It’s …a “rock and a hard place” situation as they say!

With the advent of “New Media” and it’s current manifestation known as “Social Media”, our rights under the Constitution are under attack like never before. Facebook, once heralded as a space for “free speech”, has now been monetized, and with that comes the evils of “Advanced Capitalism”.  I now realize that this is my “Blog”, and Facebook is their “community Blog” to which I agreed to ply by their rules upon opening an account… and thus, I realize that I have to play by the originators rules in any given forum–the same goes for the “Snowden’s” and the “Wiki Leaks” of the world!.

All was not lost though–I now have a saved copy of my comments, and I was able to test my “White Privilege” last night, and it left a sour taste in my mouth. All was well until I mentioned the word “race discrimination” and “that white folk, along with advanced capitalism are part of the problem we face today–both here in the US and globally”, (that’s not to say that the violence in the inner city minority neighborhoods isn’t real, it is–but it is simply the symptom of a larger systemic problem), but needless to say, after less than 10 hours my post was taken off with no explanation. Fine, I now know that people like “Wiki Leaks” and “Edward Snowden” are fighting a similar battle. However, in my case, I don’t want to damage our government, I just want my friends and neighbors to be treated equitably, have affordable health care, a safe environment in which to live, and enough to eat–the rest is up to them as for luxury and recreation goes. Full equality is an abstract idea that is unreasonable for anyone to expect. But a “Government For the people, and By the People”, where basic human rights on a global level are available to “ALL”, is something that should be a goal of every one of our elected officials and citizenry in general!

~ Eric R. Paison

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Published in: on August 3, 2013 at 09:56  Leave a Comment  

I will be re-invigorating this word press Blog I started a few years ago in order to have a forum where I can post my work… Facebook keeps censoring my posts, so stay tuned!

Published in: on August 3, 2013 at 08:17  Leave a Comment  

Athropology And The Other: Mediation Through Digital Storytelling

Link to the essay here!

A very important part of this project is one of reflexivity and discovery. I, being one who has truly come up from the “Working Class”, not having even earned a High School Diploma when I enrolled at Goldenwest College at age 42–I am currently 50. The interesting thing I have found after taking this course, Visual Research Methods, is that I am becoming acutely aware of what is meant by the term “otherness”–we have become the other to the once Colonized, not just at home, but globally!

I initially set out to do a “Digital Storytelling” project, of which my Inglewood story is the beginning–I plan on continuing on with that project. What I was unaware of was that by telling my story, I have moved my self into that space of otherness–that is, as a member of the globalized-postcolonial world we are now experiencing. Once empowered, does it even make sense to put “your” story in the hands of a so-called expert? This is one area that I see where Cultural Studies breaks from Anthropology, Sociology, and the other social sciences, as well as the humanities, in a quite contentious way. Digital Storytelling is but one tool in the age of new media that can help bridge the transnational divide globalization  has created between the “other” and the “researcher”.

As for CLST 355, this was a great class and I will be looking much deeper into the area of media studies in the future! Everyone have a great summer!!!

Published in: on May 8, 2010 at 08:24  Comments (2)  

Claremont’s a Pretty Happy Place!

Just an interesting note:

Yesterday I read an article listing the 100 Happiest Colleges in the US, and Claremont McKenna comes in at number one! Pomona College is number three, Harvey Mudd at number five, Scripps number six, and Pitzer College is number 22 –four out of five in the top six, including the number one spot–not bad!

Conversely, today I received an email sent to “all” CGU students from campus safety that is basically a police report from earlier this month. It describes a pervert exposing himself to a Pitzer student that was walking near Pomona College–not a very happy student…  What’s up with that?

Published in: on April 15, 2010 at 20:47  Leave a Comment  

Having never actually been in a Zombie Apocolypse, I wasn’t certain what to expect going into this project. (more…)

Published in: on April 11, 2010 at 17:26  Comments (2)  

1000 Years after the Beatles

This isn’t exactly what I would expect Anthropology to look like in 3010, but who knows? Besides, it’s fun!

Published in: on March 27, 2010 at 17:09  Comments (4)  

“Pac Man: The Movie” ~ What the @*$%?

Published in: on March 25, 2010 at 19:47  Comments (3)  

What is Visual Culture?

A video essay

CLST 355 – VISUAL RESEARCH METHODS

~ Claremont Graduate University, Spring 2010 ~

Published in: on February 24, 2010 at 08:37  Comments (6)  

Indonesian government bows to public opinion; draft rules on multimedia content dropped

SEAPA Alert: Indonesian government bows to public opinion; draft
rules on multimedia content dropped
22 February 2010
Source: AJI

The Indonesian government rejected a controversial ministry
regulation draft on multimedia content which had sparked protests
from both journalists and online users, media reports said. (more…)

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 08:39  Leave a Comment