...are (1) the coverage of the murder of pregnant victim Jesse Davis (a white woman) and the arrest of Bobby Cutts (left) and his alleged accessory/accomplice "Myiesha," ... and (2) the iPhone. Just a note: regarding Cutts, I mean as African Americans, this is the last thing we need, after an early summer of Juneteenth riots, defense of nihilistic hip hop, Bill Jefferson and a self-aggrandizing Congressional Black Caucus, Mike Nifong, Glenarlow Wilson still rotting in prison while black Attorney General coons, and the murder/crime uptick in 5 cities yet not a single black leader has the moral balls to confront it.
As for the iPhone, I mean for American society/quality of life in general. FYI, a recent survey on G4--the mecca for young gamers and comics fans--found that 70% of respondents aged 16-21 said they'd rather go without sex for a month than their phones/PDAs. Given that sex is the ultimate expression of human contact and inter-personal affinity, that doesn't bode well...even assuming some answered the survey as a joke.
So...don't you love the cop-outs of the Bill Gates' and Steve Jobs' and all the millionnaire gamer geeks in their hottubs when they say "don't worry, be happy?" They sound like Russell Simmons defending the indefensible aspects of hip hop!!! This isn't the classic situation of me or grandma not wanting to give up the horse, or the typewriter. I think we are reaching the mindless saturation point now, the pinnacle of personal technology...and these things become toys rather than things that truly benefit society--other than employing folks making more toys. Investors go where the fads and cash are, not where they're needed, and needed desperately. And when we have enormous resources committed to this stuff, and not enough going to stuff like non gasoline cars that run on mag-levs, or boundless fusion energy, then we have a problem. This technology is making people (starting with little kids and teens) dumber, less creative (ironically), lacking in social-personal skills and FATTER! Unable to write, or read a book. More isolated, living without any social bounds and meaningful interaction. Even grandma saw how technology once made folks smarter and more able to communicate and express things. Nope, we can't trust parents, teachers, or CEOs or even politicians to keep this balance. This technology is nothing but self-indulgent masturbation, and we are susceptible to it because we are disconnected.
Like Bobby Cutts. Three kids by three women...married (in name only) to one. And look at them. Hoes? "White hoes?" One of them, yes, sleeping with Shawn Kemp while Cutts is kicking down the door? Jesse Davis knew what she was doing and gladly got knocked up. Cutts gladly inseminated all of them. Why--isn't this the Midwest's version of the Bible-Belt, decency, values? NO. Disconnected, all of them. Disconnected suburban, track housing, strip mall existence, with this patina of "decency" and "religion." Morality isnot about Jesus, etc. It's about connections, mutual suport, selflessness. We don't have that. Cutts didn't. Jesse didn't. Now Jesse's dead, and the baby. So will Blake grow up like that--lots of women, white or black? Will Cutts' daughters be selfish tramps like their moms? Well that's not important, is it? They'll live in a dangerous, polluted world. But at least they can send photos, page each other, watch stories about each other, over their cool iPhones, and what comes next...