The U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations had some tough questions for Tim Cook, CEO of computer giant Apple which stands accused of tax avoidance to the tune of billions of dollars. Questions like: “Why the hell do I have to keep updating my apps on my iPhone all the time and why you don’t fix that?” That was a query from Sen. John McCain, and while Cook didn’t have time to play AppleCare rep for the Arizona Republican, it wasn’t the first or last time a Senator wanted to talk about his own Apple products.
Pathetic. Fire all these suckers and replace them with people who aren’t beholden to corporate interests. Especially Rand Paul.
WOT A MAVERICK.
however many hours of the weekend fiddling with a cover illustration, in painter then in photoshop, dealing with cs6 crashing every few minutes on my 4-yo gaming rig before realizing my laptop is more capable, and this tiny bit was the most presentable part.
at this point i’m considering just blowing this part up and reworking it into its own piece for this assignment.
Roger Ebert (via albinwonderland)
Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking soundbites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, ‘that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘The Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machinegun?”
The obscure 1995 Leonardo DiCaprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. Kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, “The NBC Nightly News” and other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them.
The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.