Saturday, May 17, 2008

Two from Sam Smith


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One of my regular reads is Sam Smith's Undernews, the online report of the Progressive Review, a journal and archive of alternative news. Mr. Smith is a Coastie (assuming once a Coastie, always a Coastie). Two bits from Undernews today were of note; one was about the power of the Internet to bring together diverse neighbors and the second was a link to an essay about the "age of insecurity."

Mr. Smith, who lives on Capitol Hill, recently noticed a thread on a local listserv in response to a few teenage muggings. At first there were calls for a march on the local public housing project; and then there were voices seeking something far different: learning about those neighbors, who were people, but of a different race, a different culture, a different economic class. Interesting reading about a positive power of the Internet.

Mr. Smith also points us to Tom Engelhardt's Tomdispatch.com, a site "for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of our post-9/11 world and a clear sense of how our imperial globe actually works. Wrote Mr. Englehardt earlier this week, Welcome to the Age of Homeland Insecurity where he suggests Kiss American Security Goodbye: 15 Numbers That Add Up to an Age of Insecurity. Interesting reading.

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