Journal: Web War II

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Web 2.0 Expo: O'Reilly Warns Of Web War

Paul McDougall November 17, 2009

Internet visionary fears an end to openness as Internet rivals consolidate power.

The Web, which began life as an open community where information and tools were freely shared across geographic, political, and social boundaries, is in danger of becoming segmented into a federation of closed camps led by a handful of increasingly powerful vendors, said Internet pundit Tim O'Reilly.”We're heading back into an ugly time,” said O'Reilly, during a keynote address Tuesday at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York City.

O'Reilly said efforts by Google (NSDQ: GOOG), Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), Apple, and other tech vendors—as well as publishers like Rupert Murdoch's Dow Jones—to create closed communities around their products and services are jeopardizing the freedom, and the spirit, of the Web.
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Review: Culture Warrior

2 Star, Biography & Memoirs, Culture, DVD - Light, Politics

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Right Up There With Mein Kampf, But Less Sensible,

November 12, 2006
Bill O'Reilly
Edited 24 Oct 07 to add links for those that actually read books. My reviews of the last two books listed itemized the 25 documented high crimes and misdemeanors of Dick Cheney as covered by the two books together. I reiterate my challenge to O'Reilly: one hour, live, no notes, no cell, no laptop, moderated by an adult, on the ten high-level threats to humanity and what to do about them. He can't do it. It's that simply. The guy is a phoney, a bully, and woefully ignorant.

There is a certain class of pundit in today's age of directed communications who can pretend to be educated without ever reading a real book. O”Reilly's “analysis” is nothing more than opinion, spewed forth in a segmented “organized” stream of vitriol and ignorance.

He does not appear to be familiar with anything the Founding Fathers actually wrote, including the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and most especially, the importance of having a God-fearing secular state in which TOLERANCE for all religions was a signal attribute.

He does not appear to be familiar with any of the literature of the dangers of intolerant fundamentalist religions (nor their hypocisy), nor does he seem to have a clue about the immoral predatory nature of modern “bandit” capitalism that is killing the working poor (see my review of the book by that title) and middle class, importing poverty, destroying pensions, devaluing the dollar, and on and on and on.

If you are one of those that used to say there is only one book that has to be read, the Bible, and then graduated to the “Left Behind” religion fiction series, this is your next read, taking you to third grade, where the bombastic articulate bully can hold court in the corner at recess.

On the other hand, if you want to actually get a grip on reality and have something to say about the future of both America and the world (which we are destroying, consuming one third of the energy and creating one third of the waste on the planet), then consider doing one thing and one thing only: spend two hours, free, reading my reviews of 800 non-fiction books about emerging threats, strategy & force structure, domestic politics as the destroyer of sane sustainable foreign policy, and the emergence of Collective Intelligence, which is what you get when people like O'Reilly are shunted off to the looney bin where they belong, and the rest of the world starts to think for itself and be open to dialog across all boundaries. [Note: my reviews are a pointer to the thoughts of others, intended as a map, not as a substitute for actually reading the books or thinking for yourself.]

Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly are the poster children for uninformed idiocy, and sadly, the incumbent President is their most avid reader. There you have it in a nutshell (pun intended).

Read, think for yourself, and get engaged. This book is a waste of time for anyone with a brain, and a vigorous reaffirmation for those without.

I confess to watching Fox News when Lou Dobbs, the new American hero, is not on air with CNN, but even in the intellectually sterile environment of Fox News, O'Reilly stands out as a street-corner idiot.

Postcript: Books with 200 reviews, most of them 1-2 lines with no substance, are a sure indicator of cult-like symbiosis. I meant also to point out that there *are* people who have progressive holistic solutions, just Google the web for <ten threats, twelve policies, eight challengers>. There is PLENTY OF MONEY to save the planet, it is simply too concentrated and protected by too many circles of corrupt politicians both Democratic and Republican. We can fix that in the near term.

The Lessons of History
The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past
The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead
Fog Facts: Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin
Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq
Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders
The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future – and What It Will Take to Win It Back
The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People
Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency
The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11

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Review: Those Who Trespass

5 Star, Biography & Memoirs, Censorship & Denial of Access, Culture, Research, Media

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insights into Workplace Terrorism and Network Corruption,

December 1, 2001
Bill O'Reilly
Novels by authoritative figures are a proven way of telling shocking truths without having to deal with lawyers. Richard Marcenko did this to U.S. Navy Special Operations with “Rogue Warrior”, Winn Schwartau did this for American's vulnerability to anonymous electronic terrorism with “Terminal Compromise.”O'Reilly was written a fascinating novel, one that is not only a first-rate thriller in its own right, but that also lays out some of the really outrageous manipulative and corrupt behavior that is common among senior network managers. He introduces the concept of workplace terrorism (by managers), of “bigfooting” (the theft–plagarism–of good work by field reporters so that the pretty face names (both male and female) can be reinforced); and the falsification of market surveys for the purpose of slandering and firing really good people who refuse to be cowed by bad and unethical network managers.
This novel has it all–engaging truths, a solid plot, a sentimental love story, good police thread, and a dramatic climax. I ended up buying a used copy and am glad I took the trouble. If you ever wondered what traitors to our national intelligence community and some senior network managers have in common, read this book–O'Reilly has put a stake through their hearts.
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Review: The No-Spin Zone–Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America

3 Star, America (Founders, Current Situation), Culture, Research, Media

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wanders–With More Structure, Sequel Could Be Sensational,

November 17, 2001
Bill O'Reilly
Unlike the first book, which offered a very fine slice of structured thoughts across 20 topics, this is more of an ego-driven one-upsmanship volume, and it does not help the intelligent reader (or their intelligent cheerful gifted pets) make sense out of the world. This one wanders.I would like to see O'Reilly do a “Mandate for Leadership” type book where he invites more than one expert at a time to his show, structured over the course of a year to cover each aspect of the real-world threat and how our government is organized to manage American on our behalf, and let's see if he can bring out the best of our distributed citizen knowledge.
We know the author is really good at rooting out the truth–can he take it to the next level and manage a national conversation that actually improves the State of the Nation?
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Review: The O’Reilly Factor–The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life

5 Star, Culture, Research, Politics

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Many Big Things Right–But Revolution Fizzles,

October 28, 2001
Bill O'Reilly
This is a really great book with 20 short chapters that span the full range of American life from class, money, and sex to politics, race, religion and personal relations.

There are some really sharp insights here, and a fundamental honesty, that should inspire the majority of voters–those who earn an honest wage and go about their business while being polite to others.
Best of all, O'Reilly has beat the media system and earned the power to tell it as he sees it, without bowing to the censorship that characterizes most news programs today, obsessed as they are with entertainment.
There is a down side–this one man show is just that, and both his own Republican party as well as the Democratic party have both sold out to class, corporate money, and a status quo that has the average tax payer paying for all the perks at the top.
There is a lot of beef to O'Reilly, but as one who agrees with most of what is on his mind, I am left with the unanswered question: where's the revolution? Where are campaign finance reform and a massive turn-out of voters able to take back the government and bring common sense back into government?

O'Reilly talks a good show, let's see if he can take it to the next level and start both a web site and a popular reform movement.
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