As the Web was becoming ubiquitous in the early haze of the 21st century the wonders of Google search displaced Altavista and other engines in the search wars. Web wags declared that the age of books, actually all paper-based media, to be over. The Web would quickly provide universal access to all of human knowledge on your computer. This even before the iPhone and Android brought the Internet to our hand and thumbs. Amazon and Apple launched their tablet reading devices, Kindle and iPad. Others followed. The numbers are truly amazing. Over 2 billion tablet computers were sold between 2010 and today. The sale of e-books rose enormously.
On the way to the funeral books proved to be the zombies of the paper media world. Newspapers and magazines have continued to decline.
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For years I have been disturbed by my lack of knowledge of Africa. This lead me years ago, stimulated by Michael Crichton’s pulp novel Congo, to investigate Mercator maps and the true size of Africa. You can find some of that in an earlier twice revised post, “Michael Crichton’s Congo and the Transformation of the Western Mind“.
Now comes a more compelling graphic from Kai Krause, “The True Size of Africa“.
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Who and What Is Tea Party Nation?
I generally don’t have that much interested in fringe weirdo politics. But, with the continuing eruptions on the right wing of the right wing Republican party, I thought that I might investigate.
So, I became a member of the TeaPartyNation.com website. I spent maybe 30 to 45 minutes looking around. Lots of rhetoric but no policy approaches to any issues that I, and probably most people, think are of concern. To probe further,I went to the Forum section of the site and searched for policy statements or discussions. None came up. Time to start a discussion. I started a new thread on the Forum, titled (this is an approximation for reason that ill become clear in a moment), “Where Can I Find Policies or Approaches to Issues?”. In the body of the entry I asked for someone to point me towards policies or approaches to (1) high unemployment, (2) falling earning power of the middle and working class, (3) inaccessible and expensive health care, (4) crumbling highways and infrastructure and a few more along this line of questioning.
Banned in Tea Party Nation
This morning I remembered to go back and see what responses I had received to my query. Banned. I have been declared a non person in Tea Party Nation. So much for quenching my thirst for knowledge. Guess I will have to be satisfied with th Tea Party Nation’s version of freedom.