Amused to Death Part 2: Postman Post-Postman on Posting

Following my brief synopsis of Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, my intent with this post is to extrapolate some of his thinking into modern media practices, specifically social media within the internet age.  These thoughts are reflective, not researched, so I certainly welcome any feedback. The nature of social media, though often utilizing the written…

A Struggle with Identity

To my mind, the key controversy of our time revolves around the notion of identity.  Identity politics seems to be the rule of the day.  But what is meant by identity?  How does one define himself?  In the existential sense, this is the familiar confrontation of the self with the self.  This confrontation manifests itself…

Election 2016: Intuitions and Reflections

My heart weighs heavy as the soap opera of this election year draws nearer to its dramatic conclusion.  I have decided perhaps against better judgment to add my own thoughts to the already vast cacophony of polemical voices and moralizing zealots.  I have little to add in terms of particular analysis of the candidates and…

The Matter with Black Lives

“It's an universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn   A popular “hashtag” battle has achieved a symbolic primacy in the contemporary racial debate. Both the “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” positions have…

To the Ignorant and the Open Minds

The other night, someone I had recently met confided in me her distaste for ignorant people. She continued with the usual diatribe that people who believe x, or people who perform y are ignorant, and thus follows the natural implication that such people are unworthy of the same amount of serious respect or attention as…

Some Thoughts on Thankfulness

As much as Americans thrive in reaffirming the moral goodness of gratitude whenever Thanksgiving rolls around, I find not much thought is put into the concept of thankfulness itself, much to our loss. The frequent question at the dinner table for the more observant Thanksgiving traditionalists is not to ask what thankfulness is, but to…

Deliberating Liberty

Since I was a child, I have long heard of the all-encompassing Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. My first thought is always that this is an imprecise translation of the great command of Christ, to love thy neighbor as thyself. The difference the word “love” makes in…

Guns and Consistency

Following the recent tragedy in Oregon, I cannot help but agree with President Obama’s assessment: prayers and sentiment are no longer enough in the wake of such wanton violence, not when the decision to take action is available. For too long, Americans have had to live under the fear of random and unexpected scenarios of…