Saturday, August 23, 2008

Politics and Computers: You Say Mainstream Media, I Say Corporate Media

This entry will be quite full of unapologetic generalizations.

It seems to me that fans of FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, and other pro-modern GOP media are often wary of the "mainstream media" and their blogs usually contain the acronym MSM, which is a telltale sign of the ideology of those blogs. It seems to me that no one openly supports the "mainstream media," as those who are anti-FOX News (like me) lump them all together (CNN, FOX, CNBC - all the same) as the "corporate media." And the corporate media sucks, no matter how you slice it. It seems to me militant "liberals" are just as intolerant as hardline "conservatives."

Shoot, it is becoming more and more evident that the words "liberal" and "conservative" are misused and poorly defined my many, many, many Americans. It's like people who talk about PCs and Macs. A more correct dichotomy would be Microsoft Windows and Apple OS, in terms of operating system, or IBM-compatible and Macintosh, in terms of hardware. In any case, both are personal computers, and both have become weak proprietary technology. Macintoshes were once the anti-establishment choice of computing in the 20th century. Along with Netscape, the two fought valiantly against Bill Gates' would-be monopoly. Netscape sold out to AOL, and the Apple brand is pretty commonplace in the 21st century with iTunes, iPods, iMacs, and that commercial with Ed's Warren Cheswick. Macs aren't even made of all-Apple-centric hardware anymore (enter Intel). I'm pretty sure the OS X will soon get a barrage of viruses similar to Windows.

Anyway, the new computer badass is open-source: Linux, which has been around last millennium, but is finally coming to its own. Hackers will crack the latest OS X and the latest Windows, but it seems to me that there is a fraternity of open-source coders that seem to refuse to crack the latest Ubuntu or other Linux build. I could be perceiving wrong, but it seems to me that the Golden Age of Open Source is well underway.

Ubuntu can be replace both Windows in IBM-compatibles and OS X in Macs. I'm seriously tempted to go to my local PC Club to build a beast of a machine and install Ubuntu. Yes, I'm still using a proprietary machine for most of my multimedia needs. For the sake of disclosure, I own stock in proprietary software companies (Apple, Microsoft, etc.), but yet I praise Ubuntu and the rise of open source. Ballsy? Hypocritical? See my next paragraph...

Back to politics: Militant liberals, militant conservatives, and militant moderates - the only place where "militant" is acceptable is in the military. (I'm sure Yogi Berra would be proud of the previous statement.) Learn to adapt, or else become a dinosaur. That goes for computers, too.

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