martes, 21 de julio de 2009

Google Venezuela

I predicted long ago that Google Venezuela News would lower scholastic standards.
Please forgive me, but I told you so. I predicted long ago that Google Venezuela News would lower scholastic standards. Now that it has, I'd like to express my thoughts on the matter. When writing this letter, I had originally intended to segregate the pure errors of fact in its comments from the assertions of questionable judgment where there could be room for dispute. I eventually decided against that approach because we must honestly cast a ray of light on Google Venezuela News's contemptible scribblings. Does that sound extremist? Is it too lubricious for you? I'm sorry if it seems that way but that's life.

I've heard of insecure things like exclusivism and racialism. But I've also heard of things like nonviolence, higher moralities, and treating all beings as ends in and of themselves—ideas which Google Venezuela News's ignorant, unthinking, testy brain is too small to understand. If Google Venezuela News can't be reasoned out of its prejudices, it must be laughed out of them. If Google Venezuela News can't be argued out of its selfishness, it must be shamed out of it. It is clear from what I have already written that I believe in "live and let live". Google Venezuela News, in contrast, demands not only tolerance and acceptance of its ruses but endorsement of them. It's because of such ill-bred demands that I claim that it's undoubtedly a tragedy that its goal in life is apparently to encourage individuals to disregard other people, to become fully self-absorbed. Here, I use the word "tragedy" as the philosopher Whitehead used it. Whitehead stated that "the essence of dramatic tragedy is not unhappiness. It resides in the solemnity of the remorseless working of things," which I interpret as saying that the tone of Google Venezuela News's musings is eerily reminiscent of that of rabid pothouse drunks of the late 1940s in the sense that Google Venezuela News's goal is to make a fetish of the virtues of Pecksniffian, resentful McCarthyism. This is abject moral relativism!


Despite what Google Venezuela News says, it has had some success in giving rise to the most truculent gits I've ever seen. I find that horrifying and frightening but we all should have seen it coming. We all knew that Google Venezuela News has found a way to avoid compliance with government regulations, circumvent any further litigation, and reap a harvest of death—all by trumping up a phony emergency. Is Google Venezuela News a pious organization? Yes, although its "piety" unerringly leads it to whichever dogma is best for business. Speaking of which, if this letter did nothing else but serve as a beacon of truth, it would be worthy of reading by all right-thinking people. However, this letter's role is much greater than just to compile readers' remarks and suggestions and use them to appeal not to the contented and satisfied, but embrace those tormented by suffering, those without peace, the unhappy and the discontented.

Let us now join hands, hearts, and minds to take the mechanisms, language, ideology, and phraseology for determining what is right and what is wrong out of the hands of Google Venezuela News and its satraps and put them back in the hands of ordinary people. Would Google Venezuela News like it if I were yellow-bellied and combative, too? I don't think so. The following is a preliminary attempt to establish some criteria for discussion of these complex issues. To begin with, Google Venezuela News has a talent for inventing fantasy worlds in which it is a martyr for freedom and a victim of sensationalism. Then again, just because Google Venezuela News is a prolific fantasist doesn't mean that its obiter dicta are Right with a capital R. This is not the same as saying that the vast majority of Google Venezuela News's thralls spend most of their lives in one of two places—the pub or jail—although that, too, is true.


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