The Sanders campaign is working to play up on the consistency card as both the Nevada caucus and South Carolina primaries approach.
On Feb. 13, the campaign released footage of then Burlington, VT Mayor Bernie Sanders endorsing Rev. Jesse Jackson in his historic 1988 Presidential campaign.
The video shows Sanders giving a familiar pitch arguing for closing the gap between rich and poor and shifting government focus on those closer to the bottom of the economic ladder.
In fact, if you close your eyes, you wouldn’t be blamed to think it was a speech delivered in this election cycle instead of one from before most of us were born.
NPR has also picked up on how remarkably on message Sanders has stayed for over 30 years.
Just take the following quotes that the public radio giant dug up to really drive the point home.
Sanders in 2015:
“There is something profoundly wrong when the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, and when 99 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent.”
Sanders in 1976:
“The fundamental issue facing us in the state is that ½ of 1 percent of these people — the richest ½ of 1 percent — earn as much as the bottom 27 percent and the top 3 percent earn as much as the bottom 40 percent.”
Whether you like the guy or not, you have to admit that he has never given up the fight.
WATCH: Bernie Sanders endorses Jesse Jackson for President in 1988.
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Brandon Priest is an unassuming 23 year old. From Brunswick, GA, Priest works at a Ebay call center and is still a kid at heart who still loves to watch cartoons and does some cartoon animation as a hobby.
He’s in a local band named Midwayer too. And oh yeah, he also has a 4 year old daughter who takes up the rest of his time.
Trust me, this is important background info.
You see, Priest is a bit of a celebrity now- well at least an online celebrity. A photo of him has been circulating around the Internet close to light speed with thousands of shares on Facebook and other social media sites.
The only problem? Priest is in a Barney the Dinosaur costume and you have no that its him in there and you certainly don’t know the great life lesson that he learned by being goofy.
It just really went to show me how much you actually miss out on when you say no to opportunity and I think it was an amazing life lesson for myself.
Here’s our strangely poignant interview with Brandon Priest, the dude who dressed up as Barney and played pool at a Georgia bar.
Rise News: What is the story behind the viral photos?
Brandon Priest (Barney): Friday I had watched the Jim Carrey movie, Yes Man – the movie where he has to say yes to anything, and lately I hadn’t been getting out of the house at all. I had been just staying inside playing video games and turning down offers from hanging out with friends and the movie really reminded me how much I actually say no to things that might have ended up being fun so I basically made a post on facebook saying that I wanted to start saying yes to more crazy things and hanging out with more people that I wouldn’t normally hang out with.
Rise News: Why did you decide to dress up as Barney?
Barney: A friend of mine Mercedes actually immediately hit me up and said she had found a Barney outfit in her attic from her kids birthday party a couple years ago and asked if I would be down with wearing it around town and I just went for it haha.
I really enjoyed it. I spent the first part of the day just hugging kids and taking hundreds of pictures, riding around on the tour bike on St Simons island. I think I made a lot of people happy by just dressing up in a silly costume and that was awesome.
People kept buying me free shots and drinks when I hit up the bars and I ended up getting really drunk and some guys talked me into playing pool. I was so wasted I think I only managed to get one ball in (its also really hard to play pool when you’re in a suit that doesn’t have fingers).
Rise News: Did you post the photo on social media or how did it start to go viral?
Barney: I believe a guy named Kyle took the picture and put it on his reddit.
Rise News: What do you think about how viral it has gotten?
Barney: I had no idea I’d wake up the next morning and the picture would have 5 million views and all the facebook shares. So many sites and stuff have been hitting me up and I personally think its great. It just really went to show me how much you actually miss out on when you say no to opportunity and I think it was an amazing life lesson for myself.
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Much like gamers themselves, instances of gaming addiction are often stigmatized.
While stories of deaths stemming from three-day gaming binges in internet cafes are hyped in media coverage, gaming addiction in the United States is more often characterized by someone sacrificing their work, school and social life in order to progress in the digital space.
Psychologists such as Douglas Gentile at Iowa State University have studied video game addiction for decades and asserts that our access to broadband internet and the spread of technology have only increased addiction numbers.
Gentile believes that the global gaming addiction rate falls somewhere between 4 and 10 percent of gamers.
Who is and isn’t addicted is often hard to determine, as researchers offer contrasting definitions of what constitutes addiction.
In an interview with CNN, Gentile says games become compelling because they satiate our basic human needs for autonomy, belonging and competence.
Games put you in control, they can offer a sense of community and most games have skill curves that allow players to feel successful while playing.
Recent additions to modern games include systems designed to keep the player engaged through unpredictable reward systems.
Games such as Destiny have been called out for their random number generator (RNG) loot systems that randomize the rewards dropped for players after completing a mission or objective.
Titles boasting millions of players such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League and Overwatch feature cosmetic items that are unlocked through a system that most closely resembles a slot machine.
In Call of Duty, items that bear a significant impact on gameplay are obtained through this same RNG system, giving an edge to players able to obtain higher-tier items.
Those unable to secure the best rewards are encouraged to keep playing or spend even more money on a micro-transaction system to gain an edge over others or secure coveted in-game items that hold little to no value outside of the digital game space.
Through these examples, one can assume that not only are modern games hooking players with feelings of empowerment and belonging, but the addition of systems that closely mirrors gambling has created a dual threat of addiction for gamers young and old.
But statistics and insights from psychologists only go so far in explaining the real-world impact gaming addiction can have on an individual.
Speaking from personal experience, I can recall how detrimental my teenage gaming binges were when I would sometimes spend more than 24 hours at a time playing a single game.
I would ignore school work, reject spending time with family and not leave my house for days.
The concept of these marathon sessions weren’t taboo in my friends group.
We would boast about having more than 1,000 hours logged in a game.
It wasn’t uncommon for us to lose literal days of our lives to these online experiences.
I’ve met people well into college with close to 3,000 hours played in an online multiplayer game.
They commonly have the propensity to brush off criticism about their time invested with explanations like “It’s the only game I play,” and “I still get my work done”.
But life isn’t a game, and too much time spent in the digital world can be detrimental to your health, work and social life.
This is all coming from someone who runs his own gaming website, who hosts a gaming and tech talk show at his college and has poured months, if not years of his life into video games and the culture encompassing them.
I’ve seen how gaming can foster creativity, establish connections between generations and empower the physically disabled.
But I’ve also witnessed the impact being too deeply enveloped in a particular game can have on a person.
I’ve seen friends fail classes, fracture relationships and miss out on amazing opportunities, all because they couldn’t pull themselves away from the TV or computer screen.
Although gaming addiction has no fixed definition, its credibility as a real issue in the present day should be undisputed.
The complications gaming addiction creates may originate from time spent in a digital space, but the effects are tangibly existent in reality.
There’s no reset button for the real world.
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Mainstream American journalism as we know it died in the wee hours of Nov. 9, 2016.
It is survived by click-bait shops and a few Macedonian kids who like to make up fake stories.
The funeral will be held at OH LOOK AT THAT LITTLE IGUANA ESCAPING FROM THOSE SNAKES!
I’ve talked to a bunch of distraught liberal friends since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.
All are angry by what has happened and many blame “the mainstream media” for the result.
I do too.
Despite what some say, this was in fact a failure of media.
But I don’t blame cable news or print sources for letting Trump get away with it.
He was relentlessly covered during the general election and many typically straight reporters got dangerously close to the line in their reports on him.
Newspapers again showed why they are the most important institutions during a political campaign (outside of the FBI, of course).
David Fahrenthold’s indefatigable reporting on Trump’s lack of private donations and his shady charitable foundation for the Washington Post is deserving of massive praise from all sensible people. He also first reported on Trump’s controversial comments in a now infamous Access Hollywood tape.
The New York Times deserves plaudits for reporting on a leaked copy of Trump’s 1995 tax returns. It showed that Trump had possibly not paid taxes for up to 18 years and that he lost $916 million in a single year.
Many local papers chipped away at Trump’s lies and business failures in a daily beat that was impressive.
57 of the largest papers in America endorsed Clinton. Two endorsed Trump.
But none of it mattered.
People weren’t interested in the truth because they didn’t believe it when they saw it.
They either didn’t have the ability to see it or they did and chose not to anyway.
Many have simply lost faith in mainstream media and the form of journalism that emits from them.
It was a failure of media, not because reporters didn’t do a terrific job, but rather do to the fact that those reporters hold less influence that they did even four years ago.
Our media landscape is more cluttered and confused than at any time since the Tower of Babel hosted an economics reporting conference.
Social media is in part the culprit of this.
Fake news stories frequently run rampant through the ether, inciting anger and hardening views of people and issues that is unmoored to fact.
Proprietary partisan content mills churn out dozens of stories, videos, memes and pictures a day that only seeks to score points for the red or blue teams.
Some of the more irresponsible “Breaking News” twitter feeds keep people who follow them in a perpetual state of terror about the state of the world. Death and chaos is always around the corner and the decay of our culture is a foregone conclusion there.
News aggregators have trained us to only read the headlines and have stunted our ability to read pieces for depth and nuance. This started in broadcast media decades ago (rewrites and readers) and has reached a virulent level on the web.
By the time cable news outlets started doing serious reporting on Trump, it had already allowed him near unlimited amounts of free airtime during the GOP primary.
Sure Trump was horrific, but damn if he isn’t entertaining, the logic of executives seemed to go.
This cognitive dissidence on cable clearly impacted the way he was viewed by many.
But in the end, the biggest element that allowed Trump to outflank the media was the very fact that the media has been democratized and Brexited in its own way.
For example, the Times reports that one particular fake news story of Pope Francis endorsing Trump was shared millions of times.
When the news wasn’t totally fake, it was certainly skewed beyond recognition.
Breitbart has given voice to the Alt-Right, a force that has been circling under the waves of news website comment sections for decades and who forged beachheads on Reddit and 4chan. Breitbart is one of the worst offenders and it is only poised to get more popular as the go to voice box of the impending Trump administration.
Other sites feed into the worst fears and strangest parts of our brains.
Alex Jones and his Infowars outlet, for example claim that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are literal demons who smell of sulfur. Jones has one of the most popular Youtube pages out there as a result of his lunacy.
With all of this noise swirling out there, the delegitimization of mainstream media is somewhat inevitable.
Most people don’t know a journalist in their personal life and aren’t able to discern between truth and junk.
In that environment, mainstream media cannot possibly wield the same level of influence it once did.
Welcome to our post-fact reality.
It is whatever you want it to be.
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