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Death Videos on YouTube

February 15th, 2009 No comments

I came across a video of a diver dying. It was posted on youtube. It was kinda a strange video like a short documentry. What was intersting to me is that YouTubes “Related Videos” contained more videos of people dieing. Now I seem to have a unique view of death based on other people I have talked to but I wounder is this accessability to seing people dying will change our culture. It is clearly different that being on the news for several resons. You don’t realy choose what you see on the news and I can’t ever think of a time I actualy saw a person dying on the news. Maybe in an abstract way like when the twin towers fell. Obviously there were people dieing. Well I guess the news showed people jumping but did it show them landing? I don’t remember. I hope they did not becuse if they did I would feel bad for forgeting. I am getting of topic. It is interesting to wounder how the assesability of death to those of all ages, cultures, ….. will affect there outlook on the subject. Does it matter?

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Interesting sentence

October 16th, 2008 No comments

The Bush administration, having entered office as social conservatives, leaves
office as conservative socialists, proprietors of the most sudden large
expansion of the state’s role in the US economy since mobilisation for the
second world war.

Brad DeLong here.

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Selective memory

September 17th, 2008 No comments

It seems that selective memory is often used as a criticism. I was listening to “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,”  and the question was “what 1990 teen age show was resently remade?” The contestant had no idea; I didn’t either. The hint was “zip-code,” then I knew: 90210. The contestant still didn’t know–he said he didn’t really watch tv. In fact, when given the answer he had never heard of the show. I was listening to this as I was trying to remember the code to get in the gate at my storage unit. Wouldn’t it be great if we could select what we remembered and what we didn’t? I place no value on remembering the name of the show, but I sure would like to rememer other things. This of course bring up another problem, remembering the things I don’t remember, which points out the problem that if you could select what you remember you would later realize what you didn’t need to remember, but not what you should of remembered.  This is hindsight vision that is 20/20 in only one eye.

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