Friday, 17 June 2016

Five Facebook Accounts?

One of the odd things that you find, if you dig through all the stuff spoken of this Muslim nutcase in Orlando who shot 49 people.....is that he had five Facebook accounts.

Omar Mateen....had five separate Facebook accounts.

It's something that you look at and you just start asking why.   It's like having five separate cellphones (I knew a guy who had three cellphones that he'd carry around with himself throughout the day).  Or it's like a guy who has five separate pistols which are at critical points of the house or car, and each being slightly different in size or character.

It's something that most people wouldn't do.  So you just look at this and ask why.

Maybe there was one for Omar the son....who only friended his parents and relatives.  Maybe there was one for Omar the husband.....who only friended his wife.  Maybe there was one for Omar the worker.....who only friended his co-workers.  Maybe there was one for Omar the guy who was having affairs on the side.  Maybe there was one for Omar the guy who hooked up with other gay guys.  The thing is.....you just don't know.

It's my own observation....that this guy was living a pretty complicated life.  I don't think he could really settle into one version or one Omar.....he was probably living out several different versions of himself, and none of them made sense to the other versions.

There's nothing much of a forgiveness angle to this episode.  You just look at Omar and shake your head....he just wasn't capable of handling things within his sphere of understanding.  I doubt if anyone can stand today and say they knew the real Omar.  There just wasn't such a thing as one single Omar.

"Intellectual Ghetto"?

I was sitting and reading through the news this morning and came to this article over the "intellectual ghetto" phrase.  Basically, it would mean ( by the way the writer wrote it).....that you've customized your news to such a degree, that you only read news from five to ten sources, which favor your view of the news and events.  If you were a liberal in the intellectual ghetto.....then you stay with the Washington Post, the NY Times, MSNBC, and the 3-letter networks.  If you were a conservative, then you stick with Drudge, Fox News, and a dozen-odd web sites.

What is then said about the intellectual ghetto is that it's a bad thing and forces into a tribal-like setting....where we aren't grasping the big picture.

For example.....if you are the conservative guy, then you aren't grasping gun control, welcoming immigrants, more taxation, etc.

In a way, it is a group viewing another group as being from some parallel universe.

What some news folks tend to believe is that this is merely a new trend, and didn't exist before.  I tend to disagree.  If you go back to the 1880s to 1920s.....several US newspapers operated in the form of a intellectual ghetto as well.

A bad thing/  No.  It means you have to go and read six to ten news sources, to get a dozen facts on the table and you.....only you.....come to a rational point of understanding what the topic is about and how things are stacked or slanted.  Most people, probably 98-percent....don't have the time or desire to read that much news.  So....like some investment consultant.....they eventually go to someone they trust.  Up through the 1960s to the 1990s.....Paul Harvey tended to be the guy who most Americans felt was the guy capable of telling you the simple facts to an episode.  Today?  I'm not quiet sure.

Should we be afraid of the intellectual ghetto?  If the thugs get bad enough.....we will pack up and leave.  Reality dictates that.