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The Private Eye Cloudburst Edition by Brian K. Vaughan

Brian K. Vaughan. The Private Eye.  Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, December 17th, 2015. 300 pp.

Warning: Spoiler alert.  This is a clever story about the issue of freedom, privacy, the government, technology and the internet.  The story takes place in a futuristic Los Angeles after the electronic “cloudburst” in which everyone’s online activity such as internet searches has somehow become public for all to know and see.  The world after “cloudburst” has become hyper-vigilant about privacy, where internet has ceased to exist and people walk around in masks and disguises called “nyms” (etymologically related to “anonymous?”) and people use fake names and nicknames in public.  This alternative world also give rise to the “Private Eye,” which is now an illegal occupation but the black market for them continues to exist since people still want to find out information about others.  It’s in this world that we have our protagonist, a Private Eye who was asked by a client to search up dirt on herself but then was mysteriously murdered.  While reluctant to be involved with the investigation after the client’s death, he is pressured by the client’s sister and also by his paid getaway driver (whom later we find out is just a high school student) but also as the story unfolds because of the parallel to his own mother’s death.  They soon discover that the dead client was involved with something far more complex: a conspiracy to resurrect the internet with the leader being someone who is very powerful and affluent.

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And Then There's This How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture

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I am reviewing this book from the standpoint of a Christian worldview though the book is not Christian. This is a book about the internet and internet sensation, what today people refer to as something “going viral.” The author was the founder of “Flash Mob” and his account of how it began, his planning and reflection was an unexpected part of the book–and I think this alone is worth reading the book! What I took away from this book is the fact that things on the internet can come and go at a much more vicious cycle than in other past culture–one can overnight be an instant celebrity mentioned as a household name and searched on google by millions of individuals in a manner of hours, only to have people forget about you just weeks later, as the internet moves on to other “nanostories.” At the time of this writing, I wonder if a few years from now people will know of Susan Boyle of “Britain Got Talent” fame and Charles Ramsey who freed Amanda Berry (or even in a few weeks!). The book reminded me of the theme from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible about “vanity” and how everything moving on and fade like a mist which accurately capture our internet viral age. Even one’s legacy is something one can’t control especially in the viral culture since events and individuals can easily get imposed upon with a story or spin online to fit a larger narrative something the author discusses. The book also talks about how this viral culture on the internet has allowed a level playing field of regular people to blog and become a celebrity of sorts in their own rights, and also individuals to be pundits whom in the day of traditional media would have not been able to make an impact of hundreds and thousands of people. Think of blogs. Think of twitter. Sometimes the mainstream media end up covering the news of what’s going online on social media! And no doubt this very review online is an example of that. Very interesting work. The author is quite insightful, witty and makes you reflect about the age we live in. I highly recommend this work–and I don’t want to take away from this work, but this book got me thinking about “The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion” by Tim Challies which is an attempt at a Christian theology of technology.

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The internet has become a place for people to retreat away from the real world through online gaming, “reality” worlds, forums and pornography

This is sad, and also ungodly.

Several days ago this was on the news and it made me grieve thinking about the effect of a generation who have grown up stuck with the TV tube, gaming and internet for hours, rather than grow up to be Men that God has called males to be.

From the BBC, the headlines states “S Korea child ‘starves as parents raise virtual baby”

S Korea ‘web neglect’ baby dies

A South Korean couple who were addicted to the internet let their three-month-old baby starve to death while raising a virtual daughter online, police said.

The pair fed their own premature baby just once a day in between 12-hour stretches at an internet cafe, the official Yonhap news agency reported.

Police officer Chung Jin-won told Yonhap they “lost their will to live a normal life” after losing their jobs.

He said they “indulged themselves online” to escape from reality.

The 41-year-old father and his 25-year-old wife were arrested in the city of Suweon, south of Seoul, earlier this week, five months after they reported the death of their baby.

An autopsy showed her death was caused by a long period of malnutrition.

The couple had become obsessed with nurturing a virtual girl called Anima in the popular role-playing game Prius Online, police said on Friday.

The game enables players to interact with Anima and as they do so, help her to recover her lost memory and develop emotions.

This is the generation I have grown up surrounded with, and which I minister to.  Some may laugh and indeed it is ridiculous, but sin is irrational including the idols of the internet as some sort of retreat from the real world.  What it comes down to is the issue of the heart, and the ungodly neglect of responsibility.  It is wicked in the sight of the Lord and God judges such sins.

I pray that God will use this entry providentially to call sinners who have been consumed with the internet and neglecting their responsibilities in the real world of work, taking care of the family, being a good son to their parents, or BEING PARENTS or from pursuing Godliness in their own lives, to TURN AWAY FROM THEIR IDOLS  and come to Jesus Christ and surrender themselves to HIM as their LORD and SAVIOR in order that they be forgiven by God and be right with God.

We live in a world where the average gamer is now 29 years old…we are in a world of males who are nothing but Peter Pan…that needs to shave.  It’s time to grow up in maturity and to stop settling for the easy path of thinking that the battle they have to fight is some animated Captain Hook or go out with some internet gal of a Tinkerbell to impress. Repent (turn away from it!) and replace that with Jesus the Lord and SAVIOR.

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This audio from Unchained Radio is worth buying and saving on your hard drive if you follow the rational responders

Brian Culter on Rational Responders stated on National TV that they would debate anybody

Paul Manata inquire for a debate and this show is about his request for a debate with the Rational Responders and what did not happened

http://unchainedradio.com/new/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=285&category_id=30&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=26

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The Watchtower Tightens the Leash on “JW Apologists” Once More

The Link as follows: http://aomin.org/index.php?itemid=2166

 THis is an interesting article by James White on how the WatchTower (Jehovah’s Witnesses) have been tightening up on Jehovah Witnesses ‘apologist’

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Olkahoma Atheists and Religious Neutrality by Jimmy Li

http://www.teamtruth.com/articles/art_oaneutrality.htm

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Have you notice how some of these health and wealth gospel preachers act more like ‘pimps’?

Well, here’s a list of fifteen things on their latest blog entries which has a survey of how “You might be getting pimped if…”

The link is as follows:

http://www.pulpit-pimps.org/archives/2007/06/22/you-might-be-gettin-pimped-the-vote#comments

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