More Where That Came From?

I am a person that when an idea gets stuck in my head, it can pick up momentum.

So it shouldn’t surprise me that I came up with a few more ideas for apps that I could find myself developing.

I could see what I call the “micromedia” as playing a role, especially in the minority communities that would bear the brunt of a Trump presidency.  Podcasts and blogs might want to have standalone apps.

Organizations like the One People’s Project, or other anti-racist/antifascist movements  might also want to have apps.  Could a Trump Presidency re-activate “Refuse and Resist”?  Let’s hope we don’t have to find out.


The App-tivist?

In April, a few days before the Pennsylvania Primary, I attended a community forum organized by Bernie Sanders’s campaign.  Among one of the speakers was actress/activist Rosario Dawson, either she or one of the organizers may have referred to her as an “actressivist”.

This week, my efforts to develop apps for smartphones , cleared another hurdle.  I managed to splice two videos together that will be a part of the Ohio State-themed app I plan to develop as a test or demonstration of the extension of the app development tool I am using.  I also may try to develop a version of a personality test that was in the book “The Authoritians.”

I couldn’t help but continue to think that app development may be a major component to the resistance to Trump, should he be elected.

Consider the scenario, as part of his efforts to deport the undocumented, Trump orders ICE to start doing sweeps of neighborhoods.  I could see apps to perform three purposes being useful.  An app to record their activity, similar to the ACLU’s “Mobile Justice” app, or my planned app to counter “Stand Your Ground”.  An app that would alert the ACLU, etc should ICE come to ones door, and an app that would direct people to other resources.

Alas, I fear much of the “Bernie of Bust” crowd, whose efforts may inadvertently help put Trump in power, would make little use of these tools.  They’d continue to think that hashtags and memes will be enough.


Requiem For the Activist?

Yesterday, like many Americans, I awoke to hear the news of the passing of Muhammad Ali.  Tributes came from all corners; there was a moment of silence before a NASCAR race and the Pittsburgh Penguins-San Jose Sharks hockey game.

My exposure to Ali and his career was mostly after the fact.  The Ali I saw with my own eyes was the man whom the sport that made him a legend, made him a shell of himself.  I did not see the man who battled with Joe Frazier and George Foreman; I saw the man whose trembling hands lit the torch at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Now many may say that Ali may have been the first modern athlete.  I am sure athletes have been talking trash for as long as there has been competition, Ali did it with a style all of his own.  It is interesting that the athlete that reminds me most of Ali in many ways is a competitor in the sport that has possibly surpassed boxing as the main combat sport, mixed martial artist Conor McGregor.

But Ali was more than just an athlete, he was also an activist.  As a younger person, he was likely a public voice of the civil rights movement, and perhaps a growing activist wing within in. His career was put on hold for three years because he refused to fight in the Vietnam War, a war that he saw perhaps as unjust and unnecessary.

In later years, before his career truly took its toll on him, he was a sort of global ambassador.  Who can forget his remarks during the telethon for 9-11.

It is not too often that it can be said there will never another like a person.  That may be able to be said about a man of whom the title “The Greatest” may apply.