The Grinches That Could Steal Our Christmas

Holiday sales this season are generally projected to increase by 5 to 5.6 percent, and e-commerce sales with smart phones, online shopping, and others to increase by 17 to 22 percent, to over $1.1 trillion. Many of these purchases will be digital devices, such as smart speakers that will be owned by the end of this holiday season by almost half of US consumers.

These results also promise personal data presents for Facebook, Google, and other corporations in the “data industrial complex,” as described by Apple CEO Tim Cook, to analyze and track. Cook claims that these corporations have weaponized personal data, which are being “carefully assembled, synthesized, traded and sold,” and he calls for data privacy laws based upon minimization, transparency, access, and security.  Continue reading “The Grinches That Could Steal Our Christmas”

Singing And Standing

I didn’t watch the Oscars — I’m more interested in the awards than the ceremony — but I was moved nonetheless by Common’s and Andra Day’s performance of “Stand Up For Something” from Marshall at the 90th Annual Academy Awards, which I first read about and later watched.

This song, which was written by Lonnie Lynn and Diane Warren and nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy, challenges listeners to have the courage of their convictions, and it appears in a movie about a young Thurgood Marshall, who would later become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. For their Oscar performance, Common and Day created the spotlight design and contacted to join them on stage.  Continue reading “Singing And Standing”

Grumpy and Grumpier

I apparently am a member of Generation Grumpy, or those, at least in its original designation as Grumpy Middle, born between 1962 and 1971, and didn’t even know it.

Those of us between 45-54, according to the Chicago Tribune editorial writers, have had “a remarkable mix of boom and bust, pleasure and pain” throughout our adult lives, including multiple recessions (e.g., the 1980 and 1982 double recession) and crashes (e.g., the 1987 stock market collapse), as well as have experienced the effects of globalization and the internet. Moreover, our gains, such as record stock market growth, have been limited by lingering losses, such as years or weak economic and wage growth.

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