Why yes, the subject both relates to today’s post, and the fact I can’t think of a better one – huzzah! And speaking of – let’s begin:
I See What Occupy Vancouver Did There…And It’s Brilliant
Honestly, it IS a brilliant idea – throw back claims of how much the occupations are costing by pointing out all the social good they have provided/try to continue providing. I’m sure it won’t silence those who want to whine loudly about how much of their tax money is being wasted on babysitting/clearing out the camps… but then, I suspect these are the same people who don’t mind that more than half their US taxes go to the war business machine. Whatever the case, being able to offer facts and figures to naysayers can’t do any real harm. It’ll probably help the fence-sitters realize that the camps are not a big social drain, and just make the detractors whine even more (which can have humorous results *cough*).
Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook for the 99%
Once again, a clever idea, and one I cannot wait to see the positive ramifications of. That is to say – I’m sure the US government (and probably others) will be up in arms and try to scare people with claims of terrorism and bomb-making and THEY ARE IN YOUR TOWN!!!111one, but that’s the thing – there’s going to be that built-in vetting system. It sounds like they have a long way to go before their hopeful springtime launch, but I wish them the best of luck. That it’s to be a group-centric social network that seems homage to the working groups set-up of current occupations seems ideal, and that it will enable worldwide sharing of important bits – I know it’s doable. I’ve seen it in action in places. If they can make it go and not get blackballed like woah (Tor is gonna be a big player in keeping this alive, I bet)… I guess we’ll just have to wait and see until Global Square goes live. Until then, colour me excited.
That’ll have to do for now – things are still holiday quiet, and I’m still holiday sleepy. 😉