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March 28, 2012

Thoughts on Trayvon Martin

Filed under: Movies / TV / Media,Politics — Chris Chaten @ 9:32 AM

It’s troubling that people are still so willing to accept the most sensationalist version of an event that gets play on the news. We went through this in 1999 with Amadou Diallo. Tragic death, murky circumstances, but ultimately unclear motives.

The crusaders fighting for civil rights implore us to see the good in others without predjudice. However, they are the same people who are quick to crucify the accused without any effort to fully understand the circumstances and the whole story.

It sets us all back. If we want to get past race dividing us, it cannot be used as an easy crutch when a tradgedy occurs. Race is still an issue, but it’s rarely the only issue. Grandstanding creates a divide and doesn’t advance our cause.


January 11, 2012

John Parr’s Updated Classic: Tim Tebow’s Fire #tebow #stelmosfire

Filed under: Movies / TV / Media,Sports — Chris Chaten @ 3:49 PM

So this isn’t a parody, technically. John Parr, of “St. Elmo’s Fire” fame, recreated his 80s hit to pay homage to the great Tim Tebow. Yes, Tim Tebow mania has officially reached a peak.

I think Parr missed a reference to the old “St. Elmo” at about 2:24, though it may have been intentional. Changing the line to “I can feel Tim Tebow’s fire burning in me” could me misconstrued to mean something Rick Santorum wouldn’t approve of.


December 16, 2011

How do you know? #chickflicks #guycode

Filed under: Movies / TV / Media — Chris Chaten @ 5:43 PM



October 25, 2011

It has been called the longest headline in the history of the internet… #cnbc

Filed under: Movies / TV / Media,Technology & Internet — Chris Chaten @ 5:33 PM



Steve Jobs: Robber Baron #isaacson

For many, large portions of Walter Isaacson’s biography of  Steve Jobs will be retreads of now apocryphal tales.  In other portions, the direct narrative from Jobs and his closest cohorts proves an interesting glimpse into the man who was more a singular force of will than anything else. He cursed employee’s best efforts, and deceived his closest friends. He had few hobbies, no time for philanthropy, little time for personal relationships, and a moral code that could best be defined as opportunistic.

In this view of Jobs, we largely already knew he wasn’t the warm-fuzzy type to work with.  The personal side is nothing remarkable, and similar to that of other driven figures.  He was deeply affected by what we tend to characterize as ‘flaws.’

But we will forgive these things, because he helped create a company that churned out products that enlightened design, raised standards, and will ultimately define a generation. Society would be less forgiving of Jobs’s character had his drive created an oil products  or pharmaceutical empire.

The surly, dynastic traits exhibited Jobs are no different than the likes of Rockefeller, Morgan, and Carnegie. Jobs’s closed systems happened to create products consumers love. The others noted here will be viewed without any romance.  In some regards, they are held up as all that is wrong with capitalism.

The domineering and controlling tendencies amongst moguls spans industries.  Let’s cut the others the same slack (or condemn them equally).