Are you still plugging into the matrix, despite knowing you’ve been sucked in? Maybe you don’t know how to get out, or you find it so enjoyable that you don’t want to leave. The thing that’ll blow your mind is that these days, a physical plug isn’t even needed to stay plugged in–it’s all wireless, baby! On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss the delivery of entertainment and other things most people think of as necessities via cable TV and the Internet.

Topics discussed include Beyonce and Jay-Z’s controversial anniversary vacation to Cuba, people paying $30 to spend the night in jail to test it and raise money for a children’s charity, how late-night TV is white male dominated, “zero-TV homes”–homes where there is no cable/antenna watching and all viewing is done online, a generation of young people who are “cord-nevers”–only using online platforms, no-contract cell phone service being the best deal, the inter-connectivity between apps and other programs invading privacy, Google linking up all Google-owned accounts–whether you like it or not, how so many sites let you log into their site with your Facebook account, the man who invented the world’s first search engine and didn’t get paid for it, a trip down Internet memory lane, online music collaborations, and more!

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  • Discussion about Beyonce and Jay-Z’s controversial anniversary vacation to Cuba.

    Two Republican members of Congress have asked the U.S. Treasury Department for information on what type of license American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z obtained for a high-profile trip to Cuba to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

    Beyonce and Jay Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary this week in Havana, where big crowds greeted them as they strolled hand in hand through the Cuban capital.

    They ate at some of the city’s best restaurants, danced to Cuban music, walked through historic Old Havana and posed for pictures with admiring Cubans, who recognized them despite the past half-century of ideological conflict that separates the United States and Cuba.

    In a letter dated on Friday, U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, asked Adam Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, for “information regarding the type of license that Beyonce and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.”

    Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart represent districts in south Florida where there is a high Cuban-American population.
    Source: Reuters

  • Why should they be allowed to go to Cuba when other citizens cannot go legally? Bottom line is that they are used to doing whatever they want because they are rich and famous. The Republicans are contesting this for political reasons though.
  • Discussion about how liberal media defended their trip, with comments like “Don’t we have more important things to worry about?”
  • Discussion about the classist implementation of U.S. policies.
  • Would you pay money to spend the night in jail? Some people in Lincoln Nebraska paid $30 to test out a new jail. The proceeds go to a children’s charity.

    A couple square meals, brand new bedding on a four-inch-thick mattress, and the chance to benefit children’s charities are attracting some law-abiding Nebraskans to spend a night in the unlikeliest of places: behind bars.

    Starting Thursday night at 6 p.m., the 90-square-foot cells at the new Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility in Lincoln, Neb., will be filled with voluntary inmates — 200 people from the community who signed up for a night in the pen. The cost for participants is $30.

    The event also will function as a dry run for the facility.

    “We want to use ‘compliant’ inmates,” Lancaster County Corrections Director Michael Thurber said. “We’ll use the intercoms, we’ll see how the camera angles are, how the views from our control center are. We’ll use the lights, we’ll run the water, we’ll see how everything drains.”
    Source: NBC News

  • Neither Heit nor Cheri would pay to spend the night in jail–even for a fundraiser…
  • Why shouldn’t the jail pay the people and/or the charity?
  • Discussion about how these people are paying to uphold the inhumane practice of locking people up.
  • Discussion about how the participants are basically having fun pretending to be locked up.
  • Members of the groups typically targeted for jail aren’t typically gonna want to spend a night in jail–even for charity.
  • Discussion about how how late-night TV is white make dominated.

    The role of female talk show hosts in late-night TV broadcast network history, all 50-plus years of it, can be summed up in two words: Joan Rivers. It takes just another two – Arsenio Hall – to do the same for minorities.

    There’s no indication that’s going to change in the latest round of musical chairs involving “Tonight” and “Late Night.” All the NBC, ABC and CBS showcase jobs at 11:30 p.m. Eastern and later appear likely to remain securely in white men’s hands.

    Jay Leno is handing off to Jimmy Fallon, with speculation tagging Seth Meyers as his likely successor. Meanwhile, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and Carson Daly are sitting pretty, without the faintest drumbeat of a pair of advancing high heels to signal a threat.

    There have been alternatives bandied about – Chelsea Handler, black comedian-writer Aisha Tyler – but no hints they or others are getting traction.

    “In real life it seems to me that women have definitely shown themselves to be able to carry on a conversation,” said Merrill Markoe, the Emmy Award-winning writer who helped David Letterman create “Late Night” at NBC. “Women have exhibited an interest in talking for centuries. I’m not sure how it is that no one has seemed to notice.”

    NBC did not respond to requests for comment on the issue.
    Source: Huffington Post

  • Discussion about Arsenio Hall’s late night show from years ago.
  • Discussion about late night TV gigs, like The Tonight Show, let their hosts stay as long as they want.
  • Discussion about the late night wars and time slots.
  • Discussion about how people say “we have overcome”, yet there is not representation for Blacks, Browns, and women in many areas of entertainment and media.
  • Discussion about “zero-TV homes”–homes where there is no cable/antenna watching and all viewing is done online.
  • Discussion about Neilson Ratings starting to monitor online viewing of shows this fall.
  • Discussion about the expense of cable TV, including the large amount of commercials.
  • Discussion about people’s willingness to watch tons of commercials because they love a particular show.
  • Discussion about marketers using old and outdated models to reach consumers.
  • Discussion about the generation of people, called “Cord-Nevers”–they are strictly Internet users.
  • Discussion about people who don’t have a lot of money and use their cell phone for internet and entertainment activities.
  • Discussion about the prevalence of Twitter use among blacks, and why.
  • Discussion about no-contract cell phones being the best deal out right now.
  • Discussion about the reason why people still opt for contracts on cell phones.
  • Discussion about the iPhone sales and why people want them.
  • Cheri discusses why she loves her iPhone.
  • Discussion about the apps on the iPhone.
  • Discussion about the typing differences between Android and the iPhone.
  • Most of these phones are all the same these days.
  • Discussion about apps on cell phones.
  • Discussion about the inter-connectivity between apps and other programs invading privacy.
  • You might as well just forget trying to fight it, because this is the direction the industry is moving in.
  • Cheri discusses a recent incident where a Google email sent a text message from her Google voice account automatically to one of the email recipients.
  • Google is pretty much linking up all Google-owned accounts–whether you like it or not.
  • Discussion about how so many sites let you log into their site with your Facebook account.
  • Discussion about how these intrusions don’t allow for a real separation between business and personal life. It’s possible that this could shift culture favorably.
  • Discussion about the man who invented the world’s first search engine and didn’t get paid for it.

    Alan Emtage invented the world’s first search engine, but he didn’t earn a single cent from his groundbreaking invention. “I wrote a piece of code that gave birth to a multibillion-dollar industry,” he tells The Huffington Post in an exclusive video interview. “I didn’t make any money off of it, but I wouldn’t change anything.”

    The self-proclaimed geek majored in computer science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was working as a systems administrator for the School of Computer Science, where he was responsible for finding software for students and faculty. At the time, there was no other way to locate the software beyond a manual search through the directory archives, a “tedious process” that he decided to automate.

    “We built this very simple program that allowed people to do the search themselves,” the native of Barbados says. The program needed a name, so Emtage called it “Archie,” which is “archive” without the V. Within months, half the internet traffic to Canada was going to the innovator’s machine.

    “At the time, nobody was making money off of the Internet, and we didn’t patent any of the original ideas behind Archie,” he explains. “So the patents would have been where I would have made the money.” Archie used the same techniques that every current search engine uses, so, Emtage adds, “in that way, Archie was the great great grandfather of Google and all of those other search engines.”

    Today, the Search industry earns $780 billion dollars annually.
    Source: Huffington Post

  • When he invented the search engine, he didn’t do it with the intention of selling. That’s why so many things suck today–people inventing things solely with the idea of selling them.
  • Discussion about the notion that competition creates the best products.
  • Discussion about the number of search engines there used to be compared tho three major ones today (Goole, Yahoo!, and Bing). Back in the day, there was Excite, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, Alta Vista, and others.
  • Discussion about the WebTV device from back in the day.
  • Discussion about webrings from back in the day.
  • Discussion about the cost of web hosting over time, and the difference in space required for sites today.
  • Discussion about how there were only .COMs and .NETs in the beginning.
  • Discussion about online music collaborations. These are common now, but Heit used to collaborate like that back in the 1990s.
  • Discussion about the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony album, Thug Stories, that was completely done via remote collaborations.
  • Discussion about College Club social networking site, which folks used before Facebook became popular.
  • Discussion about how chat rooms were much more popular than message boards back then. Now, we see the message board, with real-time updates, as the most popular today (like Facebook and Twitter).

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