Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Boxing Controversy (Not Really)

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

In the February 2009 edition “The Ring” I am sure Editor-in-Cheif Nigel Collins had no intention of being controversial when he closed out his editorial by stating the following: “Because it doesn’t matter whether it’s a pencil, telegraph, typewriter, or a computer, fundamentally, the message will always be more important then the medium.” Mr. Collins I beg to differ. Depending on the medium the message is often irrelevant and always shaped. Just look at Facebook. Is what we are saying (message) as important as the community or method of communication we are all partaking in? When I give a presentation today at work it is completely different then 10 years ago. Is the primary message different? No. But the way people look at the data and even what they see as important and how they process the information is different.

So which comes first the egg or the chicken? The medium or the message? I claim it is the medium.


Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

This is beyond words.  A teacher in Florida had her class vote on whether a five year old boy with autism should remain in the class or not.  The boy was voted out by a 14 to 2 margin.  The teacher then had the class describe what they did not like about the boy and they came up with terms such as disgusting.

Link to Story

The boy spent the rest of the day in the nurses office and the parents were not even notified until  the mother came to pick up the child.  Understandably the child is disturbed about the incident and the mother has not had him return to class.

his teacher should be ashamed and no longer a teacher.  The district will not comment yet even though the facts of the incident are not being disputed.  Shame…shame…shame.

This type of behavior is not acceptable and no one should put up with this.  The teachers name is  Wendy Portillo of Morningside Elementery School in Port St. Lucie Florida.

Here is the link to school district.  Every parent should be outraged by this type of asinine behavior.  There is also an online petition that I have found to protest the actions here.  If you wish to contact the school directly the following link summarizes the events and gives great contact information here.

Arthur C. Clarke

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I am really to busy to post today but I could not let this news pass without commenting. One of the great authors of the last century passed away today. Arthur C. Clarke passed away today.

Arthur C. Clarke was the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and over 100 other novels.

Dead at the age 0f 90.