The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.”
This family of blogs (OccurrencesForeignDomestic, The Sullen Bell, and BoyDownTheLane) is dedicated to such people as Veronica Guerin http://www.globaljournalist.org/stories/2000/07/01/veronica-guerin-ireland/, Don Bolles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Bolles, and others http://www.cpj.org/ journalists who gave their lives to point the spotlight at the nexus of socio-political criminal behavior and cultural complicity in it.
And it is dedicated to “Mr. Jim” and his friends: Mr. Jim was a “virtual” friend, the citizen IT fellow from the West Coast who was one of the first people talking about state crimes against democracy on networks strung between software engineers and computer operators long before we knew about or came to call it the Internet. “Mr. Jim” passed from colon cancer some years ago but his spirit is alive and well throughout the Internet and you will hear echoes among many blogs. And so it is dedicated to those to whom I will link.
Mechanisms for comments and contact will exist in all three blogs. Podcasts may in time be linked in, with some production by me for the purposes of dialogue among bloggers, interviews in the related topical field, and perhaps for use by others in the long run.
Long-term plans may also include a community discussion board, especially if I can build the community and find volunteer moderators and contributors slowly and carefully with articulate and respectful members whose intent is understanding, construction (not destruction), and who are willing and able to back up their POV with facts, sources, etc. .
#1) BoyDownTheLane ( http://boydownthelane.com/ ): Personal and guest author commentary with side-trips on the topics of life, adolescence, learning, choices, paths, fitting in, conformity and non-conformity, social ostracization, dysfunctional families, complicity versus compliance, and more. It’s also about “shooting the messenger”, the police state and totalitarianism, intimidation, destruction, and psychopathology.
#2) OccurrencesForeignDomestic [ http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/ ] is a basic news and op-ed collection with limited commentary, sidebars for Blogroll and News Links, social media sharing, and static pages on news sources, links to organizations in the field of news and media monitoring, journalism, and the social media.
America’s first newspaper, Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick, was published in Boston in 1690. It lasted for just one issue. Hopefully we’ll all last a little longer.
The masthead image is a blurred piece of photographic art by Julieta Aranda and Effearte in Milan, Italy; I have written to ask permission.
#3) The Sullen Bell [ http://www.thesullenbell.com/ ]
See Shakespeare’s Henry IV (Part 2)(1598)
“Thou shakest thy head and hold’st it fear or sin to speak a truth. … Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news hath but a losing office, and his tongue sounds ever after as a sullen bell, remember’d tolling a departed friend.”
Personal and guest author socio-political commentary (and book/film reviews) on media, social media, culture, perception management, mind control, news and opinion, politics, personal sovereignty, militarism, totalitarianism, surveillance, media criticism, media literacy, media psychology, cultural observation and reflection, and freedom of thought and mind, with sidebars for links and resources. It may also include music, videos, and photographic art.
The website owner, creator and editor has been blogging and active within multiple online communities on the Internet in one venue after another since 2004, and has a hard-earned undergraduate degree in political science and mass communications followed by three decades of experience in the schools of hard knocks, work, unemployment, marriage, parenthood, and other short and long seminars and symposia of an interpersonal and intra-personal nature.
The website owner, creator and editor has also been an amateur writer, and photographer (recently digital), and the three sites will showcase his work after the Muse comes by for dinner and a dance.