I will begin this post by stating clearly that I do not know what happened on September 11 2001. I do not have confidence in the official stories. I have no pet theory or theories of my own that I am ready to publish. Perhaps I should say that I suspect that I will eventually be exposed to FACTS that I don’t yet have that will prove crucial to my understanding of 9/11. It is illogical to suppose that the same Bush administration that lied to us about most everything – counting votes in Florida, classifying CO2 as a pollutant, Iraq, WMDs, torture, spying on Americans, politicization of the Justice Department, the list goes on and on – told us nothing but the truth concerning 9/11.
So anyhow, there’s a foofaraw over at Daily Kos tonight over a diary
(1.8.11 – I can’t find Dylan’s version on YouTube anymore, so here are the Byrds…)
OK. Here’s a link to the internet sensation of the moment – Susan Boyle. (If a black Apture window pops up here stating “Embedding disabled by request”, click on the words “Susan Boyle – Singer – Britains Got Talent 2009” at the top of the black window to link to the video at YouTube). The video you’ll find at the above link has been viewed some 31 million times in the last week or so.
Indeed, the Internet is her stage, and the 47-year-old who has said she’s never heard of YouTube is the Web’s hottest entertainer. “She’s really the world’s singer right now,” said Julie Supan, a YouTube spokesperson who in her four years at the company cannot remember a video raking in this many views in such a period of time.
One view at a time, Boyle’s audience is proving that the social Web — where users aren’t just mere viewers but also distributers — makes the digital world feel smaller and more connected. And her global popularity is a testament that the marriage between old media (her performance first aired on Britisn television) and new media (it then made its way to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook) is broadening the reach of all media, from one channel to the next, one person at a time.
As a result, at any given moment, someone is passing along Boyle online.
That’s the kicker. If a YouTube video goes viral, that event trumps all the money and promotional apparatus of the content industry.
First, here’s a little introduction to Google Earth.
OK – here’s where I started writing this post before the scales fell from my eyes. I guess I had heard of Google Earth, but I had not yet really looked into it. Don’t be a sluggard like me. You want to check all this out. Really.