"Keeping up with the Jones'es" is not easy in this fast moving techno-age but if you break your back to get your hands on the latest gizmos have you ever wondered why?
Marketing managers pull you through hoops to get you hooked; once they have you by the short and curlies you are sunk. Buying into the latest techno fad will be a must.
But what if you smart TV is listening in on your conversations?
This story reminds me of an aged maiden aunt in the 1970s who was convinced the people on TV could hear her conversations and were spying on her.
How we laughed but comedy has become reality for Samsung Smart TV owners.
Samsung has issued a warning to its customers not to discuss personal information in front of their smart TV!
The Daily Beast highlighted this spy TV, the story was picked up by the mainstream media and now Samsung has issued a warning.
“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party,” the policy reads.
Perhaps the data collection will help Samsung make even smarter TVs and is relatively harmless but who is the third party receiving your information?
What would the third party do if, even for a laugh, you discussed fabricated criminal activities, sex-life ups and downs or the state of your bank account?
Voice activation may be the future but what was wrong with getting of your ass and turning the channel over?
Remote controls have taken over everyday life and resulted in more fat backsides so what will be the outcome of voice activation commands?
Brian Williams is a much respected American journalist who is the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News; that is he was much respected until late last week.
Having retold the story of how a helicopter he was travelling in was shot down in Iraq his bluff was finally called by members of the military.
It transpired that Williams was not in the helicopter shot down but in one that was following behind. However some veterans dispute that he was even there.
The New York Post was quick to mock Williams, dashing off a "front cover that depicted him with a long Pinocchio's nose, over the headline "A Nose for News."
The problem is that Williams credibility as a news man is now shot to ribbons.
Saturday Williams' reports of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 are under the microscope.
He reportedly claimed he had witnessed a body floating down a street in New Orleans. Williams said as he looked out of his hotel room window, the Ritz-Carlton hotel located in the French Quarter, he saw a man float by face down.
Even at the time some doubted the accuracy of his report.
The French Quarter of New Orleans was not badly flooded following Hurricane Katrina. A body was seen floating face down but not in the vicinity of the hotel.
Was Williams using poetic license, dramatising events or was he really reporting what he had observed?
The jackals are baying for blood and Brian Williams success may be about to take a nose-dive.
His days as one of the highest rated news celebrities may be done.
Williams has apologised. Recollections years after events often bend the truth but surely you would know if you were in a downed helicopter or not?
Maybe he should move from news to politics.
One potential 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton also had problems with war recollections.
She claimed that her helicopter landed in Bosnia under sniper fire but that was also a lie.
NBC will now investigate Williams' Katrina claims.
Saturday Williams announced he was stepping aside from his NBC Nightly role for a few days.
Op-Ed: British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is in hot water in the USA after using an outdated word to reference people of colour. Did he use the offensive 'N' word? No he did not. What he did say was coloured people and for that he is being dragged over the coals.
He used the "offensive" word on the PBS talk show Tavis Smiley last Wednesday. Tonight Monday he has issued an apology.
There should be no place for racism, sexism or many other 'isms' in our 21st Century societies but class and skin colour wars continue.
In India there is still a caste system with sections of that society looking down their nose at low caste individuals. In the UK there is still a class system although it is less in your face than years ago.
And sadly in many countries in the west racism continues in spite of laws to tackle such abuse.
But sometimes a person says something, perhaps just one word that is jumped on even though there may have been no bad intention.
Being politically correct is fine but any person can pretend to be that and mouth off out of public earshot.
What Cumberbatch did is a use a word commonly used in the UK in the 60s to describe a black person.
At that time calling a person of colour black would have caused offence. But after the black and proud movement took hold things changed.
Using the word coloured is crass but we have heard far worse.
He later apologised saying he was devastated to have caused offence. "I offer my sincere apologies.
"I make no excuse for being an idiot and know the damage is done."
He was also blasted on social media; on twitter typical tweets included ""Benedict Cumberbatch tries to stick up for black actors and then calls them 'coloured' #cringe."
Another tweeted ""Cumberbatch used term 'coloured' why does that not surprise me. To use this term suggest to me he has no black people as friends #outoftouch."
Maybe or maybe jet-lagged or maybe racist or maybe thoughtless; in truth we do not know.
The term was possibly deemed more offensive in the US than it would have been in the UK.
According to Sky News "The British anti-racism educational charity Show Racism the Red Card said: "Appropriate terminology differs from country to country; for example, we know that in some countries the term 'coloured' is still widely used, and that in the US the term 'people of colour' is quite common.
"During our work with young people in schools throughout England, we discuss appropriate language to use when describing people of different skin colours and backgrounds and explain why the term 'coloured' is no longer the best way to describe someone."
At age 38 Cumberbatch is a bit young to be using out dated terminology such as coloured and his timing was way off. He was discussing the need for more ethnic diversity in British acting when he made the blunder.
But I wonder if he is public humiliation was really necessary for saying "coloured"?
Ironic note: Remember the Benedict Cumberbatch colouring book? Whoops.
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