Rebecca Black – Friday

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The internet sensation, and I use that word loosely, “Friday” from Rebecca Black has been one of the most, or rather LEAST, successful videos on YouTube in a long time, depending on your definition of success.

The video at the time of this post has 2,044,396 dislikes, making it the most hated video in the history of YouTube. However, to rack up the dislikes, the video also had to have gotten a lot of views. Over 101 million views.

Those viewers have spawned countless parodies and dubs, including a failed lip readers interpretation “Gang Fight”, a dub called Brock’s Dub that includes a guy doing a Christopher Walken impression and twisting words in the song, even a death metal version.

Friday, while the lyrics may be interesting, involves a singer with a horribly whiny voice, and the lyrics and storyline don’t match up with the early pubescent people involved in the video. It even involves several 13 year old children standing around “their” cars at a party, and a couple of these children even “driving”. Not likely.

It also has a lyrical turn about which seat she would take in the car. However, it is a convertible and it has five seats, and there are already four people in the car. Really? REALLY??? Sorry.

There are plenty of things to be concerned about in this video, but to be honest, I feel sorry for her. This was probably a case of an adult taking advantage of a naive child, and getting infamous for it.

And whats worse is that EVERYONE KNOWS HER REAL NAME. That will never go away.

With more views than the population of several small countries, so many people have seen the video, and the song is very catchy and will be stuck in peoples thoughts for weeks, months, or even years to come.

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My Idealogical Redefinition

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A little back history on me.  I was raised in a house where religion wasn’t a big deal.  We tried around with churches for a few years and ended up deciding that it was a waste of a full day, and stopped going.  Every now and then we would go to an Easter service, but most of the time we spoke very little about religion.  By default, I considered myself a Christian and held on to a thin, faint idea of what God should mean.

In middle school, as I began to notice conflicting evidence in history and science classes, I found myself questioning passages we read in Sunday school classes and church Sunday mass.  I was worried what my parents would think if I just decided that I no longer thought a higher power or omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient God existed at all.  We didn’t talk about it much, but most, if not all of my friends, thought that they believed in God as well and I thought that it would be socially wrong to “come out” against Christianity.

In a way, it is a socially unacceptable thing to do if you do it in a hateful or spiteful way, but more about that later.

In high school, my freshman history teacher did a section on religion around the world.  During this section, he had a lecture that basically didn’t call anyone out, but wanted to make it clear that if we believe something, we need to believe it, not without thought, but after contemplating what it really meant to believe.

This sent me into a brainstorming session with myself.  If I was to come out and officially no longer be Christian, and not believe in a higher power, what would I be considered?  I landed on Atheist.

In high school, the word Atheist sounded pretty cool.  It had that sort of non-conformist ring to it.  But as I grew up, my dad, who also happens to not believe in a higher power, warned me about labeling myself as an Atheist.

I began to realize that the word had a strong taboo about it.  Many religious people automatically lump atheists into a immorality cluster, thinking that without religion, all morals are lost.  However, Christianity did its job to teach me right from wrong, and now that I know right from wrong, I need no higher power to fear but my parents and my government.

This doesn’t help the taboo of the word, so last week I sat down late at night and did a little research into atheistic religions and other names for atheism.

What I came across was surprising and satisfying.  Buddhism and Hinduism both have sects of members that do not believe in gods, but in moral guidance and paths to enlightenment or ways to better your life and come back in a higher place in your rebirth.  This sounds a little out there for me still, so I kept digging.

There are also several branches of moral atheism called secular humanism.  This philosophical group is a non-religious group that believes that morals can be determined through sets of societal rights and wrongs.

A branch of this group is called the Free-Thinkers.

Wow.  What a great name, straightforward and to the point.

This group was founded and spread to the US by German immigrants who are only inclined to believe things for which there is empirical evidence for the existence.

This is exactly how I think.  If you can show me empirical evidence of the existence of a higher being (show me a picture, describe to me how this works, etc.), then I will believe willingly.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in things I cannot see.  If there is evidence to the existence of an object via a scientific study performed by reliable sources with viable procedures, then I will decide as to whether I believe it is possible or not.  But I am not inclined to believe that the Earth was created in 7 days by a single being, and that it has only existed a few thousand years.  There is a gigantic amount of scientific evidence that shows that the Earth is well over 4 billion years old (that’s 4000000000 years for those of you not savvy to math).  And while there are things called theories that are reasonably well founded enough for a large portion of people to believe, I think that Christianity, Islam, or any other religion based on the hallucinations of individuals (in my opinion, please do not flame me for this) are not evidence enough for a theory.

Now, all that being said, I do not pretend to be the authority on religion, nor do I pretend to know everything about the Earth and it’s inhabitants, but I am fairly certain that there is evidence to support everything that exists in some form.  I do not want people to be angry with me about this, because I am in support of the freedom of religion, but I also believe that there is an implied part of that that leaves room for the freedom from religion.

So don’t tread on me, and I won’t tread on you.

Blog Site for General Rants

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Okay, so this is my umpteenth attempt at getting started with blogging.  I am going to use this site to share what is going on in my life that I find particularly interesting or that I want to rant about.  Honestly,  a lot of people may not want to hear a dude complain about his life or talk about things only about himself.  If that’s the case, the back button is right there on your screen.

My name is Casey Ferguson and I am a gamer and college student.  I’m not very deep, but I am rather opinionated and I like to talk about the things that interest me.  I’ll try to keep things pretty general so as not to stir the shit too much, but I do like to be right and try my best to convince people otherwise.  One thing you will not find me do on this site is argue religion with a believer, argue over politics, or carry on any other kind of baseless argument.

However, if you have something to share relating to a post I put up, or want to connect, that is one reason for the page.

Alright, here we go.

/end rant