Getting in the Game
My adventures in the world and the inlfuence of Sports Night.



Kevin and I rack up the phone bill talking about things like mass media, globalization, and what it means to be a citizen. Following September 11, 2001, our talks began to drift towards nation states, non-nation state actors, and what it means to be part of a democracy in a world where a significant number of commercial oligarchies have more money and political power than some countries.

Opinions and thoughts on the nature of democracy, citizenship, globalization, media, and the internet have not been hard to find in recent years. Sometimes people have even begun to connect the dots and show the relationship between, say, mass media and the decline of citizen participation in democracy. But despite the fact the economic and technological changes that we are currently obsessed with, the internet and globalization, are defined by the way that they affect intra- and inter- connections, no one seems to see the web that ties all of these hot topics to one another. Or no one really talks about it, anyway. After all, what kind of connection is there between McDonalds and terrorism?

Well, according to Gary Hart:

For there are four new realities...., four revolutions sweeping our early twenty-first-century world, four words on which our future security rests. These revolutionary realities are: globalization, information, sovereignty, and conflict. Globalization is, of course, the internationalization of commerce, finance, and markets. The second economic revolution, the information revolution, is massively altering the way we work, learn, and communicate. These two epic tides are in turn eroding the sovereignty of the nation-state and the authority of its central banks and finance ministries to regulate and stabilize national economies. And as the sovereignty of the nation-state erodes, its ability to maintain its monopoly on violence and to assure the safety of its citizens is declining. This is particularly true in an age where war is being transformed and the nature of conflict is rapidly shifting from national armies in the field to civilian-clothed terrorists targeting civilian victims.

Even if Gary Hart never makes it past the Democratic Primary, this nation needs him to run for president, if only because he will force public discussion and debate about these issues to step up to the level where that it needs to be at.

In order to find solutions to our problems, we need to see that globalization (and every other issue) is more than a yes or no question. We need views that treat economics, government, society and technology as interacting systems, not simply partnered ideologies found on a two dimensional political spectrum.

The revolution may not be televised, but it must be discussed.

posted by Jenny | 2/27/2003 06:35:00 PM

Corporations: first Foreign Policy, now Domestic Security

(belated "Happy Birthday" to Kevin)

So, Glenn Reynolds saw this and thought this.

Huh? Does he think that the worst that Microsoft can/will do with your information is send you spam? Maybe he should check out this. It's fiction, yes. But food for thought. Whoever said that Big Brother had to start out as a nation-state?

Its important to keep the government in check, but instead of focusing on what the US government might see while looking over Microsoft's shoulder, shouldn't we just make sure that Microsoft doesn't collect data that we don't want floating around?

posted by Jenny | 2/27/2003 05:34:00 PM


Returning from Costco

well it is my birthday and I have returned from completing my new costco membership. How great is Costco, America at it's best!

posted by Kevin | 2/26/2003 08:56:00 PM

Slowly, but surely.

Not been so easy to get back to writing in this all the time, due to a) my new schedule b) my lack of computer at home and c) my lack of my own office.

B and C will change by thursday, so everything should be fine by then. And I will go back to updating with all kinds of witty entries.

How ever you will get a small dose of FYI today, 4 hours late ;)

posted by Kevin | 2/26/2003 01:49:00 PM



- I am moving slow on getting back on schedule. New job and lack of computer at home forces this. Give me another day ;)

- I will be putting some stuff later today like: Project 5104.

posted by Kevin | 2/24/2003 10:35:00 AM