Social Studies

Topics and discussions related to US society and individual awareness.

The Power of Lando

Billy Dee Williams Why devote any space on an SEO site to Billy Dee? Have you ever met Billy Dee? Do you know his impact on the African American community or the fact that he has help revolutionized civil rights for the African Americans in the film industry?! Yea, me neither. I just happen to be a big fan of Star Wars. I have only known about Billy Dee since Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. But, Lando Calrissian as he is called in the movies, made an impact on my impressionable mind in the 80s as one of the only black actors to have a leading role in a major motion picture of this magnitude. It was only after Billy Dee’s portrail of an enterprising black smuggler turn leader of Cloud City that I began investing time into African American issues and civil rights became real to me after learning of the struggles that black actors faced in obtaining ‘real’ parts in movies: from Sidney Poitier (“They call me MISTER TIBBS!“) to Etta James. The fact of the matter is that the struggle for equality has always been hard, and has always been real. Billy Dee was one of many that worked hard to find a place and success in a world that neither fully accepted nor credited them [Blacks] with their abilities outside of manual labor. Some of these stigmas and stereotypes still exist today as well as changed forms into stereotypes on other nationalities, such as latinos and hispanics. But just as Hattie McDaniels of Gone with the Wind fame was able to show case the abilities Blacks have at their disposal, every ‘dog’ has it’s day and every human has potential – if we are only willing to accept and appreciate it. Although he has been reduced to doing ads for Colt 45 (which I happen to enjoy as a low-cost alternative to anything good), I think he has made a lasting impact through his few, but powerful roles in movies. Thanks Billy...

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Ethics and integrity in data gathering

Ethics and integrity are big concerns of my organization. We have four key areas of excellence: Team driven culture, integrity, creative enthusiasm and customer service. Operating in an ethical manner will typically result in meeting at least two of these areas if not all of them. Information is a unique commodity that requires a new perspective compared to what most would consider an ethical concern in the less-technology driven cultures in the past. Customer information, data, and knowledge carry value and power – with that power comes a responsibility to use it in a way that reflects the values of the customer as well as the values of the organization; where those values are upright. According to the article by Winn and Jondet, there is no current standard for handling information and communication technology (ICT) networks. ICT networks handle the expanse between consumers, suppliers and businesses. As such there is little that governments can do to regulate ICT networks, similar to how there are no large scale regulations for the Internet as a whole. Ethics plays a pivotal role in how professional organizations handle the information the customers generate, it is counter productive to be inconsistent or negligent with the security of consumer data. Regulators and standard organizations offer programs that help promote standards, but there is little oversight in the long run. For our organization, we handle the clients’ leads, phone calls and initial case interviews. The information we collect is extremely sensitive and very valuable in itself. We are obligated not to use the information directly, release any details outside of our organization, and responsible for protecting clients (and their clients) from any adverse affects that could result from their information being publically available. For these reasons, there are a number of security systems – with multiple layers, to ensure as much protection as technologically possible. To support this mission even more, our security policies are very detailed, explicitly enforced and readily available. Winn, J., & Jondet, N. (2008, December). A “new approach” to standards and consumer protection. Journal of Consumer Policy, 31(4),...

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A Comment on Commitment

In reviewing my life over the the last year, seeing as my birthday is coming up soon, I have some advise for managers out there. Expectations and making commitments are often big parts of the professional environment, but over-commitment is also a big part of it as well. Why? Because so many people do it. That’s why the professional world is stressed out and over worked! Over-committing seems to be a big issue with a lot of companies. It often comes from a lack of knowing what is actually going on at the employee level and just how much work goes into each task. I would have to say however, that setting the right expectation is not only a managerial duty but an employee duty as well. If a manager gives employees his trust, that they will do the job they were hired to do – within their skill set, then they have a responsibility to ensure that the expectations of his or her manager are realistic. Not that all managers will listen to the complaints of the personnel under them, but from an ethical standpoint, the employee is justified and can have a clear conscience. Remember, expectations have to come from somewhere, better that you set them – than someone else setting them for...

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My Ideas on Online Marketing (part one)

There comes a time in every Internet Marketer’s career where you look at what you’re doing and what you should be doing. I need to segway in this blog to get myself back on track by putting it out there that I am not marketing right now, just looking for feedback, ideas and direction. Nevertheless, these are my thoughts on how to use online marketing and some ideas combined from peaking in and hearing the conversations between giants over the last month. (Notes for safe keeping in my own blog… really.) Marketing Online 101 First, one should have a collegiate understanding of what it means to be a search engine marketer and why twitter is viable. In addition to an efficacious keyword targeting system… have I lost you yet? I should have, if not then you are a true marketer and not a people person. Marketing online involves one very vital aspect; not how black hat or white hat you are, how many followers you have or friend request you send out daily; its about targeting an audience. Giving them what they are looking for honestly (bad press/’word of mouth’ is bad press, just like bad breath is bad breath), with a focus on respectability in information. Its good to have a Marketing Degree for doing Online Marketing, just as an Information Technology Degree is useful in designing a social media system; but that teen sitting in her room after being grounded for sneaking out can do more effective marketing than some 40 something Marketer with a MSIT could in a week. Why? Because of the nature of this beast. It takes understanding, integration, and networking value. Sure you can blast emails, or tweet your head off, but if everyone deletes your email or never follows your ‘bird’ channel, you’re wasting your...

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Selling Polution

I happen to be listening to NPR, (Nashville Public Radio) and they were covering a story on governmental policies regarding air pollution. Despite all the bad press, the air condition currently is a lot better than during my pubescent period during the mid 1990’s. Nevertheless, it is apparent to the masses now that our planet and the earth-sphere, as mentioned in The Next One Hundred Years by Jonathan Weiner, is encountering some issues. Isn’t it human nature to deal with a catastrophe only after it has run it’s course or after the event horizon? In the course of the story covering the purposed bill to limit the amount of CO2 and CFC’s companies are allowed to output, it occurred to me, is it the right of the government to regulate what companies due with their land and their ‘air space’? Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree that all things are shared, the air I breathe may have come from a tree near a river in Hong Kong. What begs the question is whether polluting should be seen as a commodity to be sold or exchanged? Obviously, it will happen and has been happening, but should it be seen as a moral imperative, an ethical taboo to profit from pollution in a direct means because the government allows a company to sell its ‘pollution rights’? Where does one’s moral compass have to be pointing to make this right or wrong? If you allow someone to purchase the rights to pollute more than what they are suppose to but buy more ‘pollute time’ is there any benefit other than more tax revenue for the government. Just food for thought. http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/05/would-a-carbon-tax-be-worse-than-this.html...

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Economic Victims and Tent Cities

In recent weeks, American societies and global economies for that matter have become accustom to hearing financial figures in the multi-billion dollar range if not the trillion dollar range. With all the talking begin done in the American government a few actions have been invoked that require American societies and cultures to understand what is valued by each individual independently; sacrificing has become common place (Keilar, Sherman & Walsh, 2009). Although the story is not overtly stereotypical or heavy in cultural stigma as it concerns diversity, the news story is still a broad representation of the view of young adults of African and European descent and represents these individuals lacking social motivation to spend every waking hour to secure financial stability. In a converse view, Nashville tent cities have sprung up as refuges for individuals that have lost financial security and were evicted from their homes or apartment (Neiwert, 2009). These individuals are ‘colorless’, men and women from every culture, diverse societies, and economic level. Even so, all these individuals are equal in an economic culture in the grips of turmoil. As presented, the world economy is in a true downward spiral and although no one in government can see the future, as far as the laymen know, infusing the suffering communities with financial resources is seen as the answer. Diversity plays into this decision not only from the accepted belief that economic culture demands financial rescue, but also that the diverse cultures of an American society will reap the benefit. Nevertheless, the article investigated does not explore the true diversity of American culture nor does it touch on the impact that it has on the lower classes, mainly the inhabitants of Nashville’s tent cities. It may seem like throwing money at the communities offered an answer to economic woes, but who is truly able to catch these financial fast balls? Channel 5, News http://www.newschannel5.com/global/story.asp?s=9974356 Kirchhoff, Sue http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-12-stimulus-package-effects_N.htm Keilar, Brianna, Sherman, Emily, & Walsh, Deirdre. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/05/obama.stimulus/ Neiwert, David. (2009, March 9)...

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