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So after reading about invented worlds for the first part of this course so far, I have to think that this world I am living in is going to be very different in the next ten years. This invented world that I have created for myself is about to change drastically and I cannot say that I will like it nor get used to it. Ever since that fateful day in early September, 2001 my life has been very different and I can honestly say it makes me yearn for the youthful days of the nineteen nineties. I am grateful however that I am old enough now, three months from age twenty, to realize these days we live in are quite similar to the experiences of my parents generation during the 1960's and 70's. Now before you scare me out of town like an angry lynch mob, let me explain a few things about why I chose a somewhat cliched starting point to begin this blog. As I stated, this first decade of the new millennium, is like the 60's and 70's. But I am afraid that what we are facing now is more monumental than anything our parents faced. We are in an age where peak oil is near, global warming is very real and "No Child Left Behind" is a fantastic idea...wait maybe if it was funded properly. I hate to sound like a pessimist, I really do. On the contrary I like to think I have a positive outlook of humanity. It pains me to see things that make me think we are heading in a direction in which I have no control over. Like Neo in the Matrix, I don't like the idea of somebody else controlling my life. Its almost ironic to point out I'm Roman Catholic, but I have enough issues with them right now to make me bypass the human interlopers and go straight to the man upstairs. Anyways, on to what I set out to comment about in th
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The following link leads to a news story from the CNN website. (Kinda makes you think...) Maybe it's just me and maybe I'm overreacting, but after thoroughly reading the entire article, I could not help but feel somewhat disturbed. $1 Billion, 10 year contract that will start to create a biometric database of Americans' hand prints and retinas'. Kimberly Del Greco of the FBI's Biometric services says it's "important to protect the borders to keep the terrorists out, protect our citizens, our neighbors, our children so they can have good jobs, and have a safe country to live in." Hmmm sounds pretty familiar to me. I think I've heard that before. Probably from my president during one of his many press conferences on the Iraq War. Forgive me for not remembering which one, they're all a large blur at this point much like high school was to Sean Penn in Fast Times At Ridgemont high. I try to be humorous about this because what better way to get a point across, especially when dealing with ripe satiric content such as this. I think Hunter S. Thompson sums up my convictions on the subject quite neatly when he said "The Edge...there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over." I speak of course of the current affairs in this great country of ours, but has humanity altogether crossed over this edge that Thompson speaks of without any hint of reprisal, into the void? This is the existential question that I ask myself. What makes this even weirder is that I don't consider myself to be all that liberal in my school of thought. What I mean is I'm not one to carry a sign for PETA, nor be a card carrying member of ACLU. I'm a registered voter of one party, (I'll give you a hint, its the one that is a big elephant) but I also have a brain, that allows me to interpret information for myself and analyze my own opinion on things without having to be told. See thats kind of what drew me to republican values in the first place, mainly the fact that true republicanism should grant me greater freedom to keep my privacy. I guess you could label me one of those guys that will kick and scream into the future. Well, you better hold on tight, because any chance I get and I'm breaking free.

So what are we to do about all this? For one, it is clear to me that as this decade trudges along, that more and more young people, particularly my generation, are becoming more involved in the political process. The technological advances of the past ten years have made politics not only accessible to the masses, but at this point not knowing anything about candidates or the issues that they stand for is not only ignorant but troubling to me. There is no excuse to not become involved; one simply has to read the newspaper daily or catch the nightly news to at least get a gauge on current events. Which brings me to my main point of this blog. Over the course of the past year I've somewhat developed a fascination with the counter culture of the 60's and in particular the journalistic response to these events of documented history. It is in the spirit of great journalists of old that I will try to carry the torch of light into the next decade and maybe catch a glimpse of the world we could be living in.


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