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Chill E.B–Fearless, Defiant, and Resolute

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Facing Reality

Before the Nazis started rounding up Jews and sending them to the gas chambers, they had the local police in Germany and Poland go around collecting guns and knives from all Jewish households. Today, a new branch of government you probably have never heard of, has suggested that all Americans forcibly be ‘tested’ for depression.  That fact should greatly alarm ‘every’ freedom loving American on the planet. Let me repeat that fact:

An Advisory Panel of the U.S. Government Wants to Force Every American to Have a Psychiatric Evaluation

That my friends, ‘is’ insanity, and the clear definition of the attempted creation of a psychiatric, totalitarian, police state. This should also be ‘headline’ news, and should be discussed by every major news outlet in America on a daily basis until the idea is stopped dead in its tracks for the fascist idea that it is, but unfortunately, it is largely not even a matter of public knowledge!

With the exception perhaps of, USA Today, which disturbingly reported the news in a favorable light, linking to a 10 question ‘depression survey,’ that ends by asking for the participants personal information, so they can be contacted by a psychiatrist, most mainstream media has not even properly covered this, save for those serving as a free mouthpiece to promote this disturbing plan. The early version of this creeping agenda, to attempt to forcibly screen every pregnant woman, was reported widely, including by The New York Times, which again, was favorable to the plan. This agenda is not a conspiracy theory, it is a fact, which you can research yourself.

Whether you believe in the use of psychiatry and psychiatric drugs or not, whether you like the music of the artist below, or the links to the persons or groups herein detailed or not, you must surely agree, as a freedom loving human being, that to attempt to ‘force’ any one to have a so called ‘depression screening’ is a tyrannical act, and has no place in a free society. We are not even talking about the individual who exhibits signs of insanity, such as one who is endangering the lives of the public, that they want to test. But rather, they want this new governmental mandate to be forced upon ‘all’ Americans. First, they began the forced introduction of toxic Genetically Modified Organisms they don’t want you to know about, and now, they are attempting to initiate forced psychiatric ‘tests’ which is the first step to forced psychiatric institutionalization, and forced psychiatric drugging among more.

Becoming Aware of the Threat is the First Step to Stopping Abuse

Friends, it has been said that those that do not speak up and fight for their freedom when they see it being taken away, do not deserve it. I am by no means suggesting that ‘you’ do not deserve your freedom. On the contrary, I suggest that you do. And so, we ask you to read on about one brave artist who is doing something about this trend, and how you can too.  So the good news is, we are aware, we are here, and we are standing up for our rights and the rights of all. Read on, visit the links, read the rest of this site, check back here often, contact us with ‘comments’ that we may choose to possibly publish via the ‘contact’ button at the left of this page, and share this article and site with everyone you know and everyone you are in contact with. Being aware of a threat is the first step to stopping abuse. Enjoy the new issue.

Chill E.B. Rocks the World with Message of Truth–An Exclusive Interview

–By Bruce Edwin

Chill EB. The Hollywood Sentinel

To those who say that music is unimportant to life, let them try live without out it. Music touches the soul. It is the heart of a nation, a city, a scene, or an individual. Nations have ‘National Anthems’ that lift up countries in efforts at patriotism. The most important landmarks of life or the remembrance of life are commemorated with music at marriages, funerals, peace marches and victory parades. Music can bridge colors, races, creeds and lands. It can lift up the soul and bring happiness like few art forms can. Music is the heart of worship among countless religions, the bond that binds groups in unity, victory, and love. Music is not merely important to life, music ‘is’ life, and without it, life itself would be near meaningless; a mute player, yearning to sing, stumbling through a silent land of light and shadows.

The Power of Rap

One of music’s greatest powers is the power of change through the message of ‘the word.’ The musical genre known as rap gave rise to its greatest stars when its artists were the bravest, speaking out against racism, poverty, discrimination, police brutality, slavery, and more. Of the small handful of rap pioneers that escaped the underpinnings of drugs, gang violence, and misogyny in their lyrics or life, perhaps only three such acts remain; Public Enemy, M.I.A., and Chill E.B.

Dropping on the world a myriad of powerful new singles with a unified message, Chill E.B. infuses politics, social commentary, and human rights into his message to help galvanize a new generation to seek better education, take direct action, and institute positive change regarding one predominant culprit that he has chosen to bravely take on; The #1 Killer in the United States, according the The Los Angeles Times; The major pharmaceutical companies, otherwise known as ‘Big Pharma,’ and within them, the psychiatric industry, and these two institutions widespread and historic abuses of life, health, and human rights.

Human Rights Activist

Trailblazing rap artist, actor, humanitarian, community activist and youth advocate, Chill E.B. has the unique gift that a select few artists have; a powerful, galvanizing voice, a strong, poetic, lyrical creation, and a musical mastery of the songwriting field. With this unstoppable combination, he has been jet setting around the world, literally, for the past several years, tearing up stage after stage, in front of hundreds of thousands with his message of truth and hope.

Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Chill E.B. spent the majority of his early childhood in Germany. Just following high school, he served in the U.S. Army. At an intimidating 6 foot 5 inches tall, the United States Veteran later received a basketball scholarship to Lon Morris Junior College and East Texas State University, which he accepted.

Prove It!

While attending university, he had a role in a theatrical play called “Judgement Of The Troublemakers.” Screen legend James Earl Jones who was in attendance, and was moved by Chill E.B.’s performance. Mr. Jones encouraged him to continue to pursue the arts further, which he wisely did.

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After a few semesters Chill E.B. moved to California. Soon after, he released his first single “Freedom” on an independent label. He received national attention in 1992 with his video “Menace To Society”, which was played on rotation across American television screens (BET, Video JukeBox and California Music Channel).

Menace to Society

Chill E.B. was inspired to write his defiant song “Menace To Society,” when he heard a tragic story about a 13 year old boy who dealt drugs to help feed his mother and sister. In the year 1993, Punk rock legend Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedy’s heard Chill E.B. at a gig Chill E.B. played at. Jello soon thereafter released Chill E.B.’s 1st EP, entitled “Born Suspicious,” on Alternative Tentacles Records. Chill E.B.’s songs were also placed in motion picture films and T.V. shows including “NBC movie of the week Father & Son,” “Dangerous Relations,” “Nash Bridges,” and “Harts of the West” on CBS, among more.

Chill E.B, also an accomplished voice over talent and screen actor, then recorded the theme song for the Golden State Warriors “Don’t Stop The Noise.” He appeared in the Warner Brothers movie “Mad City,” and on National commercials including those for Sega Genesis, The San Francisco Giants, Partnership For Drug Free America, Nike, Nickelodeon, and the National Basketball Association, (NBA), among more. He most recently was hired to create the hit “Oakland Raiders Theme Song,” titled ‘Raider Nation,” for the 2015-2016 season.

Y’all Busted!

In 1994, Chill E.B. took a break from recording to start a family, returning later, with a fury. In 2008, he created his own record label; Kathartic Music Group, and in 2010, he dropped on the world his controversial single titled “Y’all Busted,” a damning indictment of the psychiatric industries greed, corruption, and abuse.

Define Better

His next searing hit single, “Define Better,” continued his theme of confronting crooks, con artists, and killers in the psychiatric industry head on, challenging the billion dollar industry to explain mental labels and their so-called ‘cures,’ that are created anew each year. The undeniably great song commanded headlines around the world. A-List stars John Travolta and Kelly Preston even showed their support by putting Chill EB’s video on their websites. A flurry of newspapers around the country and world courted controversy, by covering Chill E.B’s daring new work, with slants of sensationalism.

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On a massive international world tour since 2010, Chill E.B. has impressively injected his music into the hearts and minds of countless crowds in over 25 countries, and growing. Due to his staunch activism to spread the truth and confront evil head on, he has received a growing list of commendations and humanitarian awards, including;

-Proclamation from the Mayor of Jacksonville, NC proclaiming August 14 as Chill E.B. Day

-California Peace Award, presented by The California Wellness Foundation, and

-CCHR Human Rights Award, for his “outstanding contribution through music to raising awareness about a child’s right to be label and drug free,” among more.

It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to making the world a better place, through the art of music. And with that, we are very pleased to bring you here our second rare, exclusive interview with rap star Chill E.B.

Listen to that now, here, by clicking on the left arrow in the link here below. Users of Firefox are encouraged to listen via Chrome or i.e. if delay occurs.

Visit the official website of Chill E.B. at:  www.chilleb.com

Psychiatric Abuse

On his official site, Chill E.B. reminds us that, “Planet wide, psychiatrists have hooked over 100 million people on psychotropic drugs that bring in over $80 billion per year.

Psychiatrists receive over $20 billion a year prescribing powerful psychotropic drugs to children for ADHD-just one of over 300 so-called “diseases” and “disorders” which have never been clinically proven to exist.

Insurance companies pay out more than $69 billion dollars every year for psychiatric services, doubling the cost of medical insurance premiums. Meanwhile, psychiatry contains the highest incidence of fraud of all the “healing” professions.

Psychiatrists electroshock 2 million people a year, killing 10,000. For $12 worth of electricity, American psychiatrists rake in $5 billion a year. Nearly twice as many Americans have died in government psychiatric hospitals alone in the past four decades than in ALL U.S. wars since 1776. While raking in over $2 trillion dollars every year, psychiatrists cannot point to a single cure.

Education

The attack on education was essential to psychiatry’s future because in the schools, psychiatrists and psychologists could turn the next generation into lifelong customers of their psychiatric drugs. Today, teachers are required to evaluate their students not on academic performance, but against a checklist of behaviors based on psychiatry’s diagnostic manual. In the past 40 years, money doled out to psychiatrists and psychologists to improve literacy in American schools has soared to more than $28 billion dollars, while through those same 40 years functional literacy rates have plunged.” (source: CCHR)

For more information on the truth about the psychiatric industry, visit www.CCHR.org

U.S. Government Panel Wants to Force Psychiatric Screening on All Americans

According to politician Ron Paul, “The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening.”

Freeze! You Look Unhappy!

Mr. Paul further states, “If the preventive task force has its way, Americans could lose their Second Amendment, and possibly other, rights simply because they happened to undergo their mandatory depression screening when they were coping with a loved one’s passing or a divorce, or simply having a bad day. As anyone who has been mistakenly placed on the terrorist watch list can attest, it is very difficult to get off a government database even when the government clearly is in error. Thus, anyone mistakenly labeled as depressed will have to spend a great deal of time and money in what may be a futile attempt to get his rights back.”

Forced Drugging

Ron Paul adds, “Mandatory depression screening will endanger people’s health by increasing the use of psychotropic drugs. These drugs often have dangerous side effects. Their use has even been linked to suicide. The fact that almost every mass shooter was on psychotropic drugs is another good reason to oppose any policy that will increase reliance on these medicines.”

An Industry of Opinion

Mr. Paul continues, “The Preventive Services Task Force’s mandatory depression screening mandate is based on the fallacy that diagnosing mental health problems is analogous to diagnosing cancer or diabetes. Even mental health professionals acknowledge that there is a great deal of subjectivity in mental health diagnosis.”

The Politics of Social Control

Ron Paul adds, “Consider that until 1973 homosexuality was considered a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Today, some mental health professionals think that those who believe in limited government, free-market economics, or traditional values suffer from mental disorders. If mandatory depression screening becomes a reality, it is likely this mental health screening will be expanded to cover screening for other mental illnesses. This could result in anyone with an unpopular political belief or lifestyle choice being labeled as ‘mentally ill.'”

Attempting to Destroy a Free America

Lastly, Ron Paul reminds us, “Even if mandatory health screening could be implementing without increasing costs or threatening liberty it would still be a bad idea. Government health care mandates undermine the basic principles of a free society. If it is legitimate for government to tell us what types of health care we must receive, then it is also legitimate for the government to tell us what to eat, when to exercise, and even how to raise our children. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, a tyranny imposed for our own good is the worst form of tyranny because it is a tyranny without limits. All who love liberty must therefore oppose mandatory depression screening, or any other health care mandate.”

The above abridged information from Mr. Paul is taken with permission, from the official Ron Paul website, and is copyright, 2016, Ron Paul. All world rights reserved (‘Headlines’ are copyright, 2016, The Hollywood Sentinel. To read the full article, and learn more about Mr. Paul, visit the Official Ron Paul Website at: http://ronpaulinstitute.org/

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Who Killed Elvis?

Big Pharma and an unethical doctor, that’s who. The Dr. who helped kill Elvis has died. 88 year old Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, Elvis’ doctor when he overdosed in 1977, and years prior, died Wednesday in Memphis. He lost his medical license for over-prescribing addictive drugs for years to numerous patients. Good riddance.

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Child Sex Abuse Gets the Spotlight at The Oscars 2016

Presenter Charlize Theron arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

The beautiful and sexy Charlize Theron, always looking amazing, lands our front page here again this year,  as Presenter for The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Welcome to the new issue of The Hollywood Sentinel! The Hollywood Sentinel is the only free entertainment site that reports ‘only’ the good news, that is read by some of the biggest stars on the planet. With exclusive interviews with the stars, and covering all areas of the arts, The Hollywood Sentinel brings to the world each Monday, with breaking ‘daily news,’ its message of power, education, and spiritual messages, that is not mere political taglines, but rather, our way of life. Be sure to check out our daily Oscar coverage on our various pages. Congratulations to all of the Oscar nominees, and winners!

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SPOTLIGHT WINS BEST PICTURE

Child sexual abuse has gotten the SPOTLIGHT in a big way this year, with the films win for BEST PICTURE.  The Hollywood Sentinel would like to the Thank The Academy for recognizing the importance of putting child sex abuse at the forefront of the minds of the world, with this brave, and landmark decision in acknowledging the importance of this film.

Winning Best Picture for the Oscar, The film Spotlight’s acceptance   speech was given by the films’ producers; Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, with an excerpt as follows;

MICHAEL SUGAR stated,  “Thank you, hello everybody. I love you, Lauren, we did it. This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith. Thank you very much.” Amen!

BLYE PAGON FAUST stated,We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters. Not only do they effect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity for investigative journalism.”  Thank you to that.

The filmmakers further gave a shout out to (…)the  brave survivors of abuse worldwide.

This content is Copyright 2016, The  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, A.M.P.A.S.®, all world rights reserved.

Sexy Rooney Mara a Class Act at The Oscars

Rooney Mara attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
The lovely Rooney Mara attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Check out her full beautiful dress here in this issue.

Also, in this issue, we bring you our exclusive interview with rap star Chill E.B. Chill E.B’s message is vitally important, and in this feature, you will soon learn why. Click the page titled ‘subnormal’ at the table of contents tab to the left to read this story.

Enjoy that, visit the links, read the rest of this site, check back here often, contact us with ‘comments’ that we may choose to possibly publish via the ‘contact’ button at the left of this page, and share this article and site with everyone you know and everyone you are in contact with.

HOSTS ANNOUNCED FOR “THE OSCARS® BACKSTAGE” ON OSCAR.COM

This year’s “The Oscars® Backstage” on Oscar.com, which is the ultimate second screen experience for fans watching the show, will be hosted by a multi-talented group of TV personalities, including actor/writer/producer Orlando Jones, actress and TV personality Diane Mizota, actor Matt Shively, film critic and entertainment reporter Ben Lyons, and entertainment and sports reporter Chris Connelly. The director’s cut from the best of the live backstage cameras will also be available on ABCNews.com, AOL, Comcast Xfinity and Yahoo.

Presented again this year by Samsung, “The Oscars® Backstage” allows fans to choose from four channels that will pull from more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the red carpet and backstage at the Dolby Theatre®, providing fans with insider views into the most memorable moments of the night. Pre-show channels include: Director’s Cut, Arrivals, Fashion and Red Carpet. During the show, the channels are Director’s Cut (including the popular Thank You cam), Audience, Backstage and Press Rooms.

Jones (“Sleepy Hollow,” “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “MadTV”) and Access Hollywood Live’s #MyStyleFinds Mizota will host “The Director’s Cut” feeds during both the pre-show and awards telecast. Shively (ABC’s “The Real O’Neal’s”) will report from the fan bleachers on the red carpet with The Players’ Tribune Chief Correspondent Ben Lyons reporting from behind-the-scenes. “Good Morning America” and ESPN contributing editor Chris Connelly is returning as the official greeter of The Oscars red carpet, which includes welcoming nominees, presenters and performers to the show.

From Left to Right: Oscar® nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone at the Oscar® Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 8, 2016. The 88th Oscars®, hosted by Chris Rock, will air on Sunday, February 28, live on ABC.
From Left to Right: Oscar® nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone at the Oscar® Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 8, 2016. The 88th Oscars®, hosted by Chris Rock, will air on Sunday, February 28, live on ABC.

Pictured above, Oscar® nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone at the Oscar® Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 8, 2016. The 88th Oscars®, hosted by Chris Rock, will air on Sunday, February 28, live on ABC. We’re glad Sly has that name tag on, otherwise we might not know who he is. (Yeah right)!

Are the Oscars Black Enough?

The recent uproar against the Oscars for not having any Oscar nominated stars this year in 2016, is a sign of the cultural sensitivity of our times. I had the pleasure to see in person the head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences– Ms. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a number of years ago at the Memorial for A.C. Lyles; Paramount Pictures Producer, who was also publicist for the studio at one time, and repped some of the biggest stars of all time including Marilyn Monroe and James Dean among many more. Ms. Boone Isaacs– President of the Academy (who is African American), is a lovely and very intelligent woman, who A.C. always spoke very highly of to me. She and others at the Academy have sadly been the brunt of certain hostilities toward this legendary institution, which fortunately seems to have simmered down.

With that said, The Academy took the heat from Spike Lee (who they recently hired for a job), Will Smith (a regular Oscar presenter), and others, and then decided to make some changes. They then recently announced new policy. Witness;

ACADEMY TAKES HISTORIC ACTION TO INCREASE DIVERSITY

Lifetime voting rights re-framed; new governor seats added and committees restructured, with goal to double number of diverse members by 2020

In a unanimous vote on January 21st, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse. The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.

“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members. In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars.

At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity. In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.

The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders. Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives. (source: The Academy)

As host, Chris Rock’s opening speech ranged from a few mild laughs, to poignant, as he discussed at length his feeling on how ridiculous it was to boycott the Oscars, and how he was glad just to be working in this day and age. Others I spoke with, wondered why other ‘minorities’ have not been the focus of so called ‘diversity,’ such as Native Americans, who were here before us all. This is obviously a broad ranged and touchy subject, which we will not digress here upon now, but will save for a future online ‘radio’ conversation, here at The Hollywood Sentinel .

The 88th Oscars were held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and were televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation was also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

This content is copyright, The Hollywood Sentinel, and AMPAS 2016, all world rights reserved.

Hi! I’m all like…uh…socially awkward!

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I went to the famous rock club The Whisky a Go Go recently for one of my clients that I booked there, and I got talking to someone that really made me think about something important. This person stated to me, and I quote, “I’m sorry. I’m very–uh, socially awkward!” Wow! Now, I admit, when I was a teenager, I may have been a bit socially awkward too, by getting nervous around other kids that really impressed me. But, I would never tell them that I was socially awkward. Now, I suppose I could respect the fact that this person was at least self realizing enough to recognize this, and even brave enough to admit it. However, I have also learned over the years, that what we put our attention on, is usually what we get. If you go around telling everyone that you are socially awkward, well then, chances are, you probably will be. And even if you are not, and people are informed that you are, well then they will probably tend to think you are. The words we say and hear have power. Choose your words wisely. Speak of that which you wish to be. I’m not saying to go around lying and introducing yourself as a billionaire or superstar if you are not, but certainly don’t demean yourself to others, or to yourself.

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While modern technology has brought us many great things, it has also sadly eroded the intelligence of the average person. Note that I state average. I am not talking about the un-average, I am talking about the normal, usual, average person. Also notice that I didn’t just state the young person or today’s teenager. I don’t think its fair to single out an entire generation with generalities. I hated when people did that when I was a teenager, and I don’t believe in that now. There are some exceptional, un-average teenagers that do not fit into any statistical attempts at defining their generation. And there are people of every generation whose intelligence or learning growth has been eroded– not just teenagers– due to new technology.

Take driving for example. A large number of people text and drive, or at least talk on their cell and drive. This alone has caused more traffic accidents and fatalities throughout the world. This is stupid. Yet, like drunk driving, it still keeps happening. So called smart phones in general, have taken what was already a major distraction when at home–the internet on home computers, and turned it into a non stop distraction at home, school, work, at play, literally anywhere and everywhere.

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So called social media, which should actually be called anti-social media, has further eroded social development by addicting the masses to a digital, artificial reality of so called friends. People get upset when their so called FaceBook friends don’t ‘like’ their comments quick enough, or forbid, not at all. Going outside and actually engaging with real human beings face to face has become the exception, not the norm.

At parties, concerts, and other social or public events, places where people used to meet, mingle, and make friends has largely become places where room fulls of socially inept loners nervously fidget with their phones, pretending to stay busy. Apps for engaging with someone live with their faces on streaming video, has removed the need for some, the desire to even see a person face to face in real life, cutting down the three dimensional reality of a live human being in the flesh and blood before someone, to a mere video capture of them that can of course, always be manipulated, or hacked for the world to see.

Concert photography, once limited to valid, professional photographers, has denigrated to bands and most venues letting everyone take pictures of the artist at any time during the shows, which has resulted in the destruction of a natural crowd in the moment, enjoying the scene, to a crowd of wanna-be photographers and wanna be videographers destroying the vibe with their arms raised in the air, and bright cell lights illuminating what should be a dark concert hall, just waiting to get home and upload it to share with their other so called friends.

News stations and newspapers, who used to fact check and have journalistic standards, now simply copy verbatim, stories published on amateur blog sites written by people with no experience, and pass it off as news. When the mainstream, supposed respectable news sources don’t completely duplicate lies and posit its legitimacy, they get so scholarly as to tell us, ‘This story has not been verified for authenticity,’  yet report it anyway.

People, reading and watching news online, often consider it infallible. If its online, it must be true, some think. On the contrary, if it is online, it might ‘not’ be true, and one should find out as to whether it is real or not, by scholarly fact checking, themselves. And yet, only some of the college educated, properly taught how to do professional research, know how to find out the truth of something, based on scientific research. Thus, masses of people getting some, most or even all of their news from the internet are deluded into not knowing what is real, and having a false sense of truth and reality.

Laws against slander and libel, which used to be enforced in hard copy press, have no bearing in the digital domain, where anonymous hacks can call persons rapists, murderers, or criminals, whether true or not, and get away with it under the guise of freedom of speech. Criminal run blogs can extort money from attacked victims on their libel sites, and the government, busy committing their own crimes, does nothing.

Privacy violations, made publicly aware with the NSA computer spying, (popularized by rebels including Bradley Manning and Julianne Assange), which have always existed since computers existed, reminded us all that there largely is no privacy any more. Department stores, shopping centers, convenient marts, stop signs, traffic lights, and street corners often have cameras, recording our every move. Companies such as Google are simply like another branch of the government, used to monitor, and modify public opinion. Companies including FaceBook conducts social experiments to control what information gets posted in users ‘timelines,’ to control their mood, and monitor and sway their buying habbits.

Lastly, live social interaction has not only become more ‘awkward’ for multiple generations of internet addicted victims, it has declined. “People don’t go out more,” one hipster told me not long ago. “I can’t get my friends to leave the house,” another said, “They’re too lazy. They’d rather stay home and be on the internet.” All of this inactivity, has turned a generation of ‘couch potatoes,’ that at least used to get up once in a while, in to cross generational internet junkies, that don’t even need to leave home to go shopping. Countless record stores and book stores have shuttered their doors, going out of business, as movies and music are hacked or downloaded online, and new generations of children get fatter and fatter, not only becoming a social disgrace to be mocked and laughed at by the kids lucky enough to not get fat, but even worse, becoming a health casualty getting major diseases due to poor diet and inactivity.  Presidents’ wives take on America’s ‘fat epidemic,’ yet meanwhile, the same administration pushes to get computers in every home and school; as the arts, sports, and science classes get cut from educational programs nationwide, and cursive is dreadfully eliminated.

The failure to communicate with people in person has further– resulted in a fear of people, leading to increased anxiety, stress, paranoia, and ultimately, violence.  Idiots that have been dumbed down by TV, video games, and worse, chat rooms or social media, get in ‘flame wars,’ or simply begin engaging in ‘cyber bullying,’ leading to suicide among adolescents and teens.

Becoming bored, depressed, tense, or uneasy, tweaked out internet junkies get diagnosed by quack psychiatrists with the next new label, and doped up on the latest psychiatric pill peddled by Big Pharma. This of course, leads to more depression, violence, suicide, homicide, and those ever popular school shootings.

So while technology certainly has its good points, its points of abuse are not difficult to find. The moments when people introduced themselves with lines like, “I’m sorry, I’m uh, really socially awkward,” should be relegated to comedic films, not real life. Clearly, things need to change. So readers, I dare you, if you don’t already, pick a day, perhaps a Sunday or any other day you can, and avoid the cell phone. Avoid the internet. Stay off the computer. Stay away even from any other phone or T.V. and video games. Get outside. Meet people face to face. Demand they look at you instead of their phone. Make them listen. Listen to them. Shake some hands. Give a hug. Go climb a mountain. Swim in the Ocean. Take a walk in a park. Touch some trees. Enjoy nature. And leave– if for not longer– at least for one day, your phone and internet connection at home. And who knows, maybe one of these days, I just might un-plug things myself for longer than a few hours (after making the next issue here you must NOT miss) and join you.

– Bruce Edwin

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subnormal magazine, 2016