So. I’m not actually an early adopter. I like technotoys and all, and even though the longer I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Google = Skynet, I got one of my friends to hook me up with a G+ invite. I’m not totally behind the curve here, but far enough behind that I don’t have a lot of friends that are on, and I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to be doing.
My most favorite thing so far is that folks from BIU and Racialicious are on there, and I can follow them without doing Twitter. Because yeah. I also don’t do Twitter. I do not all the way understand Twitter, either, actually. I get the following part. I don’t get the conversation part. I’m still not sure how that happens. And I don’t think I have time for it anyway. Honestly, I don’t understand how all these people can have jobs and have time for all this social media! Unless. Well. There are a lot of unemployed people these days.
See, I must be crazy old, because I freaking LOVE del.icio.us (just delicious now). I love getting to just outline some relevant text in an article that someone should totally read, and then addressing it to that person, and sending it off. I get to keep a copy to know what I’ve sent. With add-ons on Chrome and Firefox I can just hit a button to tag something. It’s easy and functional. And a dinosaur. (And in the midst of writing this I just delicious’ed [yes, it is now a verb] 2 articles to the R and 2 to my mom.) But really, who wants to send an email link every time they come across an article that they want someone to read? And who wants to receive that email? Nobody. Not me anyway. Delicious me, sucker.
In other news, I recently involved myself in a political discussion on FB. Which I don’t normally do. The post was just so inflammatory to me though:
oh this is the kind of fight i can get behind. Go Cantor! Go Boehner. DO NOT CAVE. If the president won’t bend (whether on principle or bc he’s trying to keep his left base happy) on spending cuts then FORCE the debt ceiling freeze. Then he will have no choice but to prod his party to cut spending or default. And he’s surely not stupid enough to default.
I was apparently in just the right place to HAVE to respond. I knew I’d get whacked, but I had to. And I did get whacked, but not by my friend, by her husband. Which I’m not into simply because he doesn’t know me. At all. Anyway, my point is that this whole debt ceiling mess is grating on my last everloving nerve. I realize governing isn’t as clear as it seems to us folks in the peanut gallery, BUT! Can we not get it together?
I live in Podunk, SC. Nestled between the seat of secession and a town that hosts a store actually named The Redneck Shop (Google it if you must). Nearly every white person I meet around here is a staunch Republican. And yet many of them see the need for compromise to work things out. To be clear, the Tea Party has South Carolina by the nipples, but there are still reasonable people (of the Republican persuasion) here. If we can have them here, how did none of them end up in DC?!? Why is Boehner so beholder to the TPers that he can’t even lean toward reality?
Eh. I don’t know. I wish the President wasn’t so centrist, because then we might actually end up in the middle. But now, he’s so centrist, and wanting to work with everyone, he’s leaning further and further right. It’s like he keeps capitulating and the GOP is like – “that’s right, we’re not caving on ANYTHING”. But they should be held responsible for holding up progress and gumming up the works, and somehow that’s not happening.
SO frustrating. Especially since I live in Podunk, SC. We all know the score here in South Carolina. The Dems here vote party lines whenever we can and it makes no difference. It’s spitting in the wind. And I don’t know what it’s like other places, but here? It’s mostly because there are so many poor and middle class white people here who would rather miss out themselves than see the gov’t do something to help poor/middle class brown people. You can tell when it comes from that kind of place. Because the arguments have HUGE holes. Something like. “Yeah, but you know, State’s Rights!” Or just a pure bootstraps argument. I’m tired of it. I try to stay out of it, but CNN is on blast in our work breakroom 24/7. It is very uncomfortable to be the only brown person at the table during some of their topics.
Anyway. I’m still not clear on G+. Ideas? =)