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The internet has given a disproportionate voice to those who prefer to ridicule and shout down those who disagree with them instead of having civil, adult discourse. Social media has only amplified it. People post pictures and stories that ridicule the other side to score points with their like-minded friends, but it adds nothing to the debate of ideas. The problem is just as bad on "both" sides (I put that in quotes because it's an unfortunate side-effect of our political system that we have become a permanent two-party nation).
I do disagree with your notion that America isn't exceptional, because it is, by any sane measure. WE aren't exceptional people though, which I believe is the point you were making. We are flawed just like everyone else in the world, but the opportunity that has been given us my the sheer blind luck of having been born here is not a trivial thing.
To quote a president whose name I won't mention for concern of the statement being politicized: "freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction".
2 years, 5 months ago on The Unfinished Story of Us
Pro tip: the phrase "Craigslist killer" is generally taken to mean something completely different from the usage you intended.
2 years, 5 months ago on Three Tips To Save Your Labor Marketplace
Great well-balanced article. If nothing else, the steady stream of big-name announcements shows that the Ouya team is really thinking about this thing from all angles. Not to mention it shows they are savvy about managing earned media coverage. None of this means they'll be successful, but reading the prattle of naysayers is getting tiresome when this is indeed uncharted territory.
2 years, 7 months ago on Can We Finally Take OUYA Seriously?
To me, the far more egregious part of his speech was:
"If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there."
This man can never resist a snide, petty, elitist dig. Sure there are exceptions but entrepreneurs are by and large incredibly hard-working and intelligent. Regardless of whatever larger point he was trying to make, we don't need the President of the United States running down the very people who are working to make this country better every day.
2 years, 7 months ago on Obama Didn’t Slam Entrepreneurs, He Spoke the Silicon Valley Ethos
@marcchambers Uh, I didn't see it as a "lame jab", the same could be said of Objective C or Java/Dalvik. None of them fit the needs of game developers like true native support does.
2 years, 8 months ago on Windows Phone 8 Is Microsoft’s Last-Ditch Effort to Remain Relevant
2 years, 10 months ago on The Average American Likes Google, Hates Twitter | PandoDaily
agree with Tinu, there's no friggin way this post was an "accident". good read though... part about PSN was hilarious
3 years, 4 months ago on Google Engineer: “Google+ is a Prime Example of Our Complete Failure to Understand Platforms”