A number of years ago there was a film called “Network“. It wasn’t about computer networks, but about a television network. Even if you’ve never seen the movie you may have heard/seen one of the more famous lines from the movie: I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. In the movie, the main character became a sensation because of his viewpoint and his willingness to stand up and address issues.
In 2015 the United States has Donald Trump. A caricature of the fictional character from the movie. (And who says life doesn’t imitate art?!)
When we move towards the real world we have people like Mike Masnick, the founder, and CEO of Floor64 and the editor of the Techdirt blog. If you thought I wrote a lot, you should see Mike: 47,435 blog posts. That’s a lot of writing. And over the years Mike has changed, he’s become angrier at the world as the world continues to astound him with its stupidity. He comments on security, phone companies, the internet, spying, etc:
- House Intelligence Committee Orders Investigation Into Surveillance Of Congress That It Authorized
- T-Mobile Is Flat Out Lying: It’s Throttling Video Even Though It Says It’s Not
- Homeland Security Admits It Seized A Hip Hop Blog For Five Years Despite No Evidence Of Infringement; RIAA Celebrates
- One Of Congress’s Biggest Defenders Of NSA Surveillance Suddenly Aghast That NSA May Have Spied On Him
- UK Home Secretary Wants Everyone’s Metadata; But If You Ask For Hers, Gov’t Says You’re Being Vexatious
Mike is an angry man. Much like the fictional character from Network, Mike is mad as hell. He has even been sued a number of times, usually by people who don’t like the fact that Mike has publicized their stupidity. Instead of the world gradually becoming a better place it seems to be devolving into something resembling the sticky stuff on the floor on a bottle recycling depot. You know, the stuff your feet seem to stick to if you stand still too long while they count your empties. Is it left over pop? Beer? Wine? Or has it started to evolve and create its own evolutionary trail?
Mike provides an interesting service, however, in that he brings to light things that traditional media does not cover or fails to cover accurately. Many reporters, as ignorant about technology as the average person in our relatively computerized society, don’t dig deeper into news stories, but merely parrot the “officials” who are looking into the matter without doing the research themselves. Mike calls them on it, provides the evidence as he knows it and then lambasts them for not doing a better job. And sometimes he even covers the Canadian scene.
So, if you want to view the world from an angry perspective (no, not mine) go visit Mike at TechDirt.