Tag: Dallas

Instant indignation impact

Monday, 11 July, 2016 0 Comments

This is an era of instant indignation impact. People now spend hours online each day searching for videos, photos and stories about “injustice” and then instantly share them with others. The result is increased indignation impact. Social media has changed the rules and the playing field has not just been levelled; it’s been paved over. The antiseptic output from traditional media outlets has been replaced by raw, unedited, personal input reports from the front lines that have an immediacy that intensifies their emotional impact. This makes them more effective at triggering outrage and makes us more vulnerable to emotional manipulation.

The paradox is that many people would like their police to be militarized when confronting terrorists, but unarmed when confronting protesters. But what happens when the peaceful protest in Dallas is joined by the armed warrior Micah X. Johnson? Wanting to have our cake and eat it has never made for good policy, however.

Baton Rouge

The unspoken speech

Friday, 22 November, 2013 0 Comments

Concluding remarks prepared for delivery in Dallas by President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963:

“We in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: ‘except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'”

Here is the full text of the speech JFK was to have made at the Dallas Trade Mart on the day he was assassinated.


Friday, 22 November, 2013 0 Comments

Yes, there really was a Camelot upon the banks of the Potomac. Sure, it was a media construct, but it resonated with millions yearning for a sunnier alternative to the sombre uncertainty of the Cold War. The shots that rang out in Dallas on 22 November 1963, and the sudden death of the 46-year-old president, still echo down the decades and on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy we pause to take stock of one of the defining moments of modern history because nothing in the course of “the American century” marked it as profoundly as the killing of Camelot. RIP, JFK.

In short, there’s simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Camelot