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The Apple of My Eye: iPhone

We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human race.“–John Naisbitt

A brilliant three and a half inch sleek touch-pad interface and screen, the simplicity of only one button, and the ability to make a phone call, watch videos, listen to music, surf the Internet, take a picture and organize your life, all in one newly unveiled product: iPhone.

The famous iPod creators have almost outdone themselves with this new and most certainly revolutionary new gadget. If the iPhone bodes well in the marketplace come June, when the phone will be made available, then Apple will literally revolutionize phones and multimedia technology as we know it.

Aside from the eye-candy and unbelievable capabilities and features, its success among consumers will rely on the most basic feature of all: the price.

While competition appears poised for a spike, both Agostino and Harris pointed to the pricing of the iPhone — at $499 for the four-gigabyte device — as high.

“If you’re targeting the consumer market specifically, then obviously consumers tend to be more price sensitive,” Agostino said. “I’ve got to question the early-day pricing strategy here.”

Source: thewashingtonpost.com

Note the 8 GB hard drive model will cost consumers about $600. The iPhone has given priority to AT&T’s wireless carrier, Cingular to be the first to offer the phone. Many market analysts are speculating that this all-inclusive phone will be out of reach for many consumers, and will more likely appeal to the business consumer.

It may take months if not a few years before the price becomes reasonable for the average consumer. When that happens, a mildly trendy advertising campaign and the name brand loyalty from iPod users, will be all it takes to make the iPhone a complete monopoly among handheld multimedia and communications.

To learn more visit: http://www.apple.com/iphone/

I will not underestimate the fact that no one needs this glowing sliver of a device, but I will tell you that my awe of the technology is grounded in the love of human invention and possibility.

Human Element: Creativity. So will you be purchasing the iPhone in the near future? Share your thoughts.

You’ll Only Listen to What I Tell You and You’ll Like It

Source: slate.com Cartoonist: Stuart Carlson

 The media has complete control over a story, how much air time it should get, if that is any at all. The media decides whether something is newsworthy, even if that story is just a genocide. I understand priorities, I know it all and the problem in Darfur today is out-of-reach for most Americans. But think about it: why is it out of reach? The news networks and mainstream media decided to make it that way. Nobody can deny the power that the media holds when it comes to telling us what to talk about.

 But let’s not give the media all the credit.

Human Element: authority. Share your thoughts.

Medical Treatment Keeps Ashley Child-sized

Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word ‘human.'”–Suzanne Lafollette

I don’t know how many of you have read or heard about Ashley. She is a mentally and physically disabled child now in the spotlight for the surgical procedures performed on her to keep her child-sized for life. The nine-year-old’s parents decided to stunt her growth and remove her womanly organs in order to give her the most comfortable and best qualitative life possible. The young girl has what’s known as static encephalopathy. Her brain is therefore unchanging, it is static. The brain has not matured past the capabilities of a three-month-old in Ashley’s nine years of living.

Is this ethical? I will boldly and proudly say, yes it is. It is ethical to utilize medicine for the benefit of your child. In Ashley’s case, her brain damage is so severe that she will not be able to talk or walk. Many people do not understand this. They are not informed on just how severe static encephalopathy is, or even what it is. A commentor, by the name of Carla Pinder writes the following on the news.com.au article about Ashley:

I find this the most outrageous invasion of the rights of a HUMAN BEING. I cannot belive that in this day and age of medical, technical, and equipment advnced way of life that the parents and doctors could not find a more humaine and dignified way to to care for this child then to remove a part of HER body. If this child seems so unable to communicate how do the parents and doctors know what she may or may not feel or understand or want for HER life.

First of all the rights of Ashley as a human being have never been underestimated. That is why her parents chose to give her a good life. They are treating her as a human being, caring for her rather than throwing their hands up and saying, “well, looks like we can’t do anything for her.” Secondly, yes in this “day and age of medical, thecnical, and equipment advanced way of life” the way they chose to take care of there child is the most dignified. Medical advances do just that, right? They make human suffering lesser, they make for a more comfortable life. How could her parents be criticized for doing what’s in the best interest of a young baby. Finally, the tragedy is that she is “so unable to communicate.” She is a three-month-old baby, her cognitive skills are not developed, she can not tell, show, or even blink to her parents what she wants. This is what she can do as a three-month-old, just to clarify:

Simple reflex activity such as grasping, sucking.

Source: childdevelopmentinfo.com

This is the extent of Ashley’s cognitive skills. Then I read this, “Well, what if she wants to have children one day! Then what!” Excuse me, but here are two loving parents trying to keep their child in the best care possible and here is someone uninformatively complaining about Ashley wanting children. People don’t understand that her disability would not even allow her to understand or think of what a child is, let alone have one.

Ashley must be a joy to her parents. Her life is no fairytale, and her parents understand that. I commend her parents for understanding what reality is. I commend them for weighing the positives and the negatives when making the decision to go forth with this kind of decision.

This is just a family in the end, a family that had to make a decision. Yes, it was a surgical procedure and yes they utilized medicine rationally all in the hopes that their baby girl could live the best life she could. Ashley’s life is unfortanetely and sadly stunted already by her mental disability, her parents have complied to this reality. They gave their daughter the best life she could have. I’m sure any parent willing to go to hundreds of doctors would make a similar well-informed and compassionate decision.

After writing this I see one final truth that remains. People love to judge others on their actions. I’m doing just that, but in any light, I am just glad that her parents did something to take care of her. I am glad that they utilized medicine, just as parents of a child with cancer would utilize treatments to make their children live better lives. Ultimately, letting Ashley grow and go through puberty would almost be–and this is strong–but it would be more like neglect.

The Human Element by Ashley’s Parents: love. Share your thoughts, please.

The Year is 2007

Like thousands of other human beings inhibiting the planet today I have made a new year’s resolution. I have decided to start writing down thoughts about the world around me for others to agree with, disagree with, criticize, indulge in, or simply read. I want to know how I think. I don’t think I really know, even after so long how I express myself through words. Hopefully this will change all that.

You see, I never can keep a resolution, because it usually involves doing something away from the computer. This should make things easy though. I won’t have to go far to fulfill this resolution and it will probably be twice as rewarding if not more. I’m excited to find just that out.

I have come to believe that one of the most powerful things a human possesses is the ability to learn from themselves. I see that everyday I see something or hear something that affects me. It is the outside world prodding me, trying to sway me one way or the other with its information or behavior. But I see that the way to understanding does not come from the outside world, it comes from the analysis of one’s self in that outside world.

Anyways, this is a hello, a “welcome-me-please-you-peoples” kind of first post. I can’t wait to start blogging. Good Night!