Incidentally, regarding the UCLA post, here is my favorite video response so far:
In case you're out of the loop regarding Usage Based Billing (UBB) controversy in Canada, check here:
So, back to the UCLA post. A few general thoughts:
- I like that people can say whatever they want.
- She’s right. A lot of Asian people don’t have any goddamned manners.
- Racism can be funny.
On the other hand,
- The more you say, the more stupid you might sound.
- You don’t have to be Asian to lack manners.
- It’s not that what she’s saying might be incorrect– it’s that she considers herself better than Asians that bothers me.
Anyone who says “Everyone knows that I’m not a politically correct person” is, according to statistics I’ve gathered through my life, very likely to be a douchebag. Just like how although most fairy tales start with “Once upon a time,” I’ve found that some begin with “If I am elected.” Saying that one isn’t PC doesn’t mean that one is necessarily smart– more often than not, it means they’re whiny bitches who like to backtalk instead of attempting to communicate ideas for change to the people who they think need changing. There are politically correct ways to say just about anything you want to say, you just need to think about a proper way to say it. I’ve never been a poly sci major but my guess is that she doesn’t get very good grades for diplomacy, at least not if UCLA teachers have anything but shit for brains.
For everyone’s future reference: if someone is being what you consider rude in public, maybe you should discuss it with them? Going online and complaining to the world at large is a very good way to just piss people off– and you won’t have raised any awareness about the things that you’re so concerned about, because non-involved people will be too busy crucifying you.
But hey– it’s a vlog. People are supposed to say what comes to mind, right? So bravo, girl, bravo.
One of the big arguments against UBB aside from the fact that Canadian telecom companies are just being greedy is that we’re not just dealing with a commodity which some people can decide to ignore. A comparable case might be in Quebec vs McGill university, http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/mcgill-fined-2-million-by-quebec-government-for-hiking-mba-tuition-900-per-cent-117951004.html , where the Quebec Government fined the University for hiking up prices for it’s MBA program. It offers one of the only MBAs in Montreal (which wouldn’t be too big a deal, except that Montreal is considered one of the education Meccas of Canada). McGill’s stance, like the Telecom side of things, is that they’re offering a service, for a price– take it or leave it.
The special circumstances come up because increasingly, we’re seeing that education and internet probably shouldn’t be considered just something to trade like any other commodity. Nowadays, to realistically want to do well in North America without accessibility to education and internet is a pretty ridiculous idea– that’s why anyone who tries to play tollman on those services probably comes off as being pretty evil.
The fights against UBB are, as I see it, fights against caps against the basic infrastructure of our futures. Things like the UCLA video might be inflamatory– but, at least it’s transparent and out int he open. Multimedia internet capacity is important because it provides a forum for this kind of discussion. Every social campaign, whether it’s been regarding against drugs, drunk driving, safe sex, gambling, etc has only enjoyed measures of success through the spread of education through media. Back in the 90s, that meant a great deal of advertising dollars spent on after-school programming, to put the ideas in the minds of the youths. Today? We throw over despots in Egypt, and large part of the victory is attributed to social networking as a mass coordination tool.
The underlying infrastructure employed though was the internet. Egypt couldn’t have done whatthey did the way they did had they been using 14.4 dial up modems– we were talking about mob syncronization through cell phones synched with social media. How long ago did that technology come out?
I look at the kind of telecommunications infrastructure I had at my disposal when I was back in South Korea, and I’m talking– back about 4-5 years ago– and I still feel that the level of technology that’s accessible to me now is behind in Montreal.
And why? Because some telecom giants feel that them and their copper wires are being taken advantage of? So, because some fat cats want to make more money, we’re going to stunt the development of our entire nation’s telecommunications growth? Maybe if you’re losing money, you should stop blaming your resellers and clients– maybe you should open up the coffers to innovate, and make a more efficient product infrastructure.