Wednesday, March 18, 2009


This afternoon CNN came up with the answer for the unemployment blues in America. In less than fifteen minutes, simple: Facebook! If everyone who's lost a job would just say so on the pre-eminent social networking site and keep working that, others around the country would see their pleas for help and do something. There's no shame. Crisis fixed!

It's no surprise there are ninnies in the prominent chairs of the mainstream media. CNN's top simpletons in this particular bit were Ali Velshi and Campbell Brown. After asking how many people got jobs through Facebook, three or four anonymous answers were whipped out: One free-lance spot and two other full-time jobs, maybe. Problem solved, a two and a half minutes of good news. Chin up, unemployed. Just friend everyone you can on Facebook.

A journalism prof from Columbia University, Sree Srinivasan, was furnished as an expert.

"Every year he instructs new Journalism School students and faculty on the better use of the Internet," reads his Wiki bio, presumably self-written. "His Internet seminars for new students are a staple for the school's summer curriculum ... He teaches Internet workshops called 'Smarter Surfing: Better Use of Your Web Time.'"

One wondered if Sree's students ask him how he can recommend careers in journalism when newspapers are going under, shedding jobs almost as fast as they can be reported. One can see Sree recommending budding journalists vie for work at the website of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which just went out of business except for its website, going from 150 jobs to about twenty. All one needs to do is be one of the lucky in the game of new media musical chairs! Or all the Columbia journalism students could work for free for a few years. Good for the soul, y'know, build connections, teach a solid Protestant work ethic, that sort of thing.

Did Sree have anything practical or useful to say about unemployment? No. Perhaps he was pondering what he could add to his Wikipedia bio.

"In 2004, Newsweek magazine named him one of the 20 most influential South Asians in the U.S.," it reads. And "In July 2007, India Abroad named him one of the 50 most Influential Indian Americans in the U.S."

Campbell Brown wrapped the segment with priceless information on the two economies showing most growth in the world: Azerbaijan, because of oil, and Macau.

Macau is where all tyrants, crooked bankers and corrupt financiers of the world launder their lootings. Recent times have apparently been great for business. Campbell Brown did not explain this, tee-hee.


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