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Inauguration Day with Facebook

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by neandergal

Watching the CNN Inauguration Live on Facebook on Tuesday was a real insight into America and its people – at least on Facebook. It was entertaining being able to “chat” on Facebook with excited friends in America while simultaneously “chatting” with a less excited one in the UK while watching the inaugural events all on one screen.

People feverishly updated their Facebook statuses with platitudes for the entire world to see or for anyone that cared to see. According to a report by the Telegraph UK, “More than 3,000 people were leaving comments on the Facebook CNN feed every minute at the ceremony’s peak.” Kenneth, for example, felt “like a kid on Christmas morning!” Elizabeth reminded everyone that, “there is nobody but God.” Donald was “witnessing change.”

I worry that poor Kenneth will unwrap his gift left by Father Hope only to find more of the same, another stocking full of broken promises, more cheap products made in China and real soldiers still playing war games overseas. I wonder if Elizabeth will ever realize that God probably doesn’t exist and hope that her church does not get its way with more faith-based programs or help get creationism in science classrooms. Will the “change” that Donald wishes for just be another unfulfilled American dream? Let us hope not.

Obama Inauguration: Dawn of a New Era?

Posted in Politics with tags , on January 18, 2009 by neandergal

Tuesday will highlight the country’s pride of making history by inaugurating its first African-American President. This inauguration will rival that of any other inauguration or other public event in pomp, circumstance, Evangelical Christianity and price. According to an article in the UK Guardian, Obama’s inauguration set to be the most expensive in US history, the price tag dwarfs that of George Bush’s 2005 inauguration by just over $100m during a time when America continues to bail out major financial institutions and the auto industry.

The historical inauguration will serve to restore the hopes and dreams of Americans crushed by their disillusionment of the Bush administration. Many Americans believe he holds the silver bullet to solving the country’s problems. This is because the mainstream media eulogized Obama by turning him into a pop-star and an election campaign that echoed the sound bites that everyone wanted to hear.

The insufferable parading of the Obama family across the media continues in a “personal” letter addressed to his children published in this Sunday’s Parade Magazine. The letter is a nauseating display of ultimate self-promotional tackiness. What we will witness on Tuesday is a marathon pep-rally resembling the Superbowl and the Grammys. Welcome to the dawn of a new era of polititainment.

Change We Can Believe in?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by neandergal

Barack Obama’s choice of Rick Warren to give the January 20 inaugural prayer is an interesting one. I am curious as to why the president-elect, who is looking to promote science and technology in America, would choose a man who declares on his official website that “the church is the greatest force on Earth.” In an article posted on Pastors.com he describes how God spoke to him “in a very audible way” through his wife.

Let us not forget that Warren backed Proposition 8 in California that explicitly states that California will only recognize marriage between a man and a woman. Obama also opposes gay marriage.

Warren’s Saddleback Church which has a congregation of 20,000 worshippers in affluent Orange County cites the literal interpretation of the bible in the What We Believe part of its web site. Fair enough, it is a Christian church after all. What is disturbing is that a future Democratic President of the United States would choose a creationist and someone who looks to God and divine intervention for solutions to the world’s problems to read the inaugural prayer. Especially since Obama presents himself as a president who will promote science and technology. It looks like the only promotion will be Warren’s own self-promotion, his books and congregation. Warren will have more exposure than Obama’s scientific and technology team.