I feel like there’s a disconnect here… Reply

A Disconnect:  a communication breakdown between 2 people or 2 groups when there’s no connection between the 2 parties: “there is a vast disconnect between public opinion and federal policy” [French translation: décalage]

Rush-LimbaughRush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host says: The mainstream media today has the biggest disconnect with its audience that it’s ever, ever had. And as the disconnect grows and as more and more people distrust them, then the media digs in more and more and says you don’t know what you’re talking about, you don’t know how we do our jobs, you don’t know what’s important.

Carrie Brownstein, the American musician says: « I think that half of us feel fraudulent in our lives anyway. There’s that strange disconnect of not really knowing what we’re doing sometimes, or why it matters. It’s our existential crisis. Carrie Brownstein»

Marcel Aymé, « Peut-être le décalage entre les générations est-il beaucoup plus dans la forme que dans le fond.  »

After deciding to unplug for a little while, I decided to get caught up on some movies I hadn’t seen. Of course I wanted to start with all of the Academy Award winners starting with the Best Movie category so I sauntered over to my local movie theater  the other night and saw Argo. I was struck by the fact that I had never heard of the special mission, code name ‘Argo’, that had been put together to free the hostages in Iraq in 1988. Of course I remember the event itself and the quandary that then President Carter was put in…bargain with the Iraqis and lose face? Or wait until the rage (justified according to the film based on the Shah’s actions which had been silently supported by the US and the UK because of oil contracts) subsided and hope that the hostages will be released without doing anything.

I felt a real ‘disconnect’ between the reality and what I knew at the time…especially as I had…and have always tried to keep up with international relations and politics. Is there a disconnect? Are we purposely being kept in the dark by business interests lurking behind the scenes?

It’s strange thinking about it knowing that the Australian activist Julian AssangeJulian Assange Wikileaks founder is still holed up in London at the Equatorian embassy waiting for a let up of the legal proceedings launched against him. The Educuadorean government has little hope that the Wikileaks founder will be able to leave its London embassy in the near future (see article in the Independent). Julian Assange has just released a book entitled Cypherpunks:  Freedom and the Future of the Internet  which speaks about the ‘disconnect’ between internet users and the forces behind the internet which are using information that  they collect against us. O.D. Louchard writes: “Should be required reading for anyone in college.” Calling the Internet “a threat to human civilization,” Assange views cryptography as the only way for individuals to protect themselves from the mass surveillance tools deployed to wage war and to spy on ordinary people

The American moviemaker Olivier Stone visited Assange on April 11, 2013 writing on Twitter: “A sad occasion in that Julian could not follow me out the door. He lives in a tiny room with great modesty and discipline…Strong mind, no sun, friends who visit work to be done.”Let’s look at a short video clip from mashable.com which sums up the situation: 

Among other celebrities to visit Assange was Lady Gaga. lady gaga and assangeMichael Moore wrote a supportive op-ed in The New York Times stating: “he did much for free speech and is now being victimized by the abusers of that concept.”

Stone and MooreIs there a disconnect here?

go to Ted Talks to decide for yourself: http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_assange_why_the_world_needs_wikileaks.html or watch an extract here:

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