Patrick Michael Upham Bruner 
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Re: “That Guy Jesse Eisenberg Played in that Movie is Time's Person of the Year

You do get a point for mentioning the narwhal, even if you can't spell it.

Posted by Patrick Michael Upham Bruner on 12/15/2010 at 10:07 PM

Re: “That Guy Jesse Eisenberg Played in that Movie is Time's Person of the Year

I'm pretty sure the informed citizen didn't suspect or know about FRAGO 242 or 039, both of which are direct orders from high level military officials to ignore torture in Iraq, or about Hillary Clinton ordering State Dept officials to spy on UN officials in violation of multiple international laws, or about the Wolf Squadron, which are armed (by us) former Republican Guards who run a torture camp, or about 3 Reuters employees getting gunned down by a helicopter (a video that the Washington Post had and sat on for years), or about DynCorp (95% funded by tax dollars) hosting a pedoparty, or thousands of other things the media either didn't know or didn't want to report, and I have to admit that all of these things seem at least slightly more important to me than what your mother ate for lunch, or the funny cat video she wants you to see, but doesn't feel like emailing. You're right though, the fact that your mother and grandmother now use Facebook does mean that it "broke," just not in the way you meant.
I use my Facebook page to distribute the news American MSM feels is unimportant (like the downing street memo, the fact that backscatter machines do nothing, or Burma building nukes), and I'm glad you're enough of a creeper to search for me - for someone who loves Facebook so much you don't seem to understand the protocol.

I'm confused, how is Time's POTY local news? Oh, I understand - you're acknowledging that this article isn't one of the things you've done well.

Posted by Patrick Michael Upham Bruner on 12/15/2010 at 9:12 PM

Re: “That Guy Jesse Eisenberg Played in that Movie is Time's Person of the Year

"I'd venture to say your daily life is affected more by Facebook than Wikileaks." That would be the media's (your) fault for utterly ignoring the gravity of the information we've received from Wikileaks.
The fact that Facebook has more mentions as an organization than Wikileaks shows exactly how poor a job the mainstream media is doing, and exactly why Wikileaks is so important in the modern age.
Calling evidence of torture, summary execution, war crimes, illegal espionage and unethical conduct not limited to writing and passing legislation in other countries "mildly embarrassing" shows exactly why even a liberal news source like your weekly is living in (and publishing) a fantasy world. So yes, use Facebook until your brain melts away everything you ignored about these leaks.

In any case this is like making Tom the person of the year in 2005. Anyone who knows anything about social networking trends expects Diaspora to replace Facebook just as quickly as Facebook replaced Myspace and Myspace replaced Friendster and Friendster replaced Compuserve and AOL.

Posted by Patrick Michael Upham Bruner on 12/15/2010 at 5:28 PM

Re: “That Guy Jesse Eisenberg Played in that Movie is Time's Person of the Year

Maybe you should mention the fact that Assange had 360,000 more votes than Zuck in the online poll? Maybe that would be responsible journalism? Instead of saying, "It's a little difficult to disagree with Time" maybe you could point out that Google News has about twice as many results for Assange than Zuck in 2010, including all the mentions Zuck's just gotten for being "The Person Of The Year."

Maybe it could be pointed out that Zuck hasn't done anything newsworthy this year except object to the only thing that's made him memorable at all, which is Eisenberg's depiction of him in The Social Network.

Posted by Patrick Michael Upham Bruner on 12/15/2010 at 3:54 PM

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