The internet is one of the most important social and commercial mediums that Americans enjoy today. People can connect with friends and family, view information, make purchases, and, most importantly, present their own information and opinions. The entire focus of web 2.0 is the users and what they think, as opposed to the large corporations that had control of the internet when it first became available to the public.
America is one of the few places left that has not censored the internet. Many governments across the world have either taken away public assess or censored the web. Many of these countries, such as Egypt, are now areas of great social unrest. How would the U.S. be different if we had censored internet? A lot of people have never even considered this question. Unfortunately, the issue is now more pressing than ever as a new bill is sent to congress, one that many citizens know nothing about.
This video pretty much says it all:
This situation is extremely frightening, especially since the matter is not directly in the hands of citizens. The protesters of corporations of Wall Street seem to have the right idea, they just aren’t protesting anything specific. Well, this is it. Censoring the internet could make or break America as we know it. The best course of action is to raise awareness, and fight for our right protected by the first amendment. The internet has become the core of the successes of many writers everywhere. Would we even be able to speak our thoughts and opinions at all if this law were put into place?
Just like the video pointed out, one of the main concerns is what this could lead to. If this bill becomes a law, we may be headed for the society that George Orwell himself cautioned us against. What will the government do next? take away our right to assemble? Supervise our every move? Enforce nationwide curfews and travel restrictions? The answer, again, is in the video. They will go as far as we will let them.
As I get older, I find it harder and harder to find productive things to do with my time. As a child, it was so easy to use my imagination to entertain myself. Now that I am past that stage, it is difficult to find very many things that are affordable and consume enough time to keep me busy. I often find myself aimlessly surfing the web and reading posts on Facebook. As wonderful as the internet may be, I feel that using it takes up an unhealthy portion of my daily schedule.
In an effort to fill my life with more meaningful things, I have started a number of projects, including this blog. Most days, I set aside time to write a new post or do something else creative and intellectually stimulating. Unfortunately, no matter how much effort goes into each post, blogging just doesn’t take up more than an hour of each day. I’ve been searching for something else that is not only affordable, but can help me on my mission to be more well rounded.
Last night, I survived the Black Friday Sale at Walmart (even when that creepy old guy pinched my butt and ran away). Although I found some really great deals, it was nothing compared to the deal I found at Cedar Post Pawn this morning. It was the perfect object for a new productive endeavor: a guitar. I’ve been thinking about purchasing one and learning to play for a few months, but every time I found one I liked, I had a hard time justifying spending the money.
With such great deals, I began browsing through the many beautiful guitars that Cedar Post had to offer. My eyes was immediately caught by a beautiful red acoustic that seemed perfect and met my price range exactly. It was too good to pass up. I broke down and purchased the Kona K1TRD, complete with a shiny blue pick.
I hope that with enough practice, I will learn to play as well as some of my friends and family. I am so excited to have a new outlet to express myself. I play the violin, but it is so much less practical and has a very different feel than guitar. Violin tends to be very formal, but guitar is extremely flexible, energetic, and has more room for fun. I hope that my violin experience, however different it is, can help me on my new musical journey.