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Feb 1, 2011|

scoot interviews: social media expert; govanni gallucci...they talk about how internet social media tools such as twitter etc., were instrumental in organizing the revolt that is taking place in egypt. could something like this happen in america? is this how the "teaparty" became so powerful? ...

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There's one of the big song. We're -- You have been following -- This civil unrest there the riots. Tragic riots in if anything this is this is the result of a very how disgruntled. Our population not happy with the president's course a lot of people this country are not happy with with our president. This is the result of a social networking. Are playing a role in leading people. Bringing people to a central. On location bringing people. To a point where they're emotionally rallying around. A central pod concept. There is. Unrest because are unhappy with the president's fears unrest because of high unemployment. Part of find jobs. And the the rising price of food. As we have the rising price of -- and and some in some areas and food in this country is well. -- if you think about the reasons they're rioting in Egypt you wonder why something like that would never happen in America. And I guess it wouldn't happen here. Even though there does seem to be some. Some some. Verbal civil unrest if you will. On the news channel networks and blog sites and Don and web sites and with texting and twittering and FaceBook thing and all that there's -- there's a there is certainly. There's certainly a lot of unrest effective I think you could probably -- say that social networking. Is is the result of these the success the instant success of the Tea Party in this country. Not happy with president not happy with the direction this country. This social networking. As FaceBook and and Twitter and the significance. And the sophistication of the of the on the Internet right down inside is is changing the world. Many years ago. There was a guy who is considered the guru of mass communication. -- -- Marshall -- And to most people who haven't been studied about communication theory and things like that would never be familiar with the name but. It this guy in the seventies. Predicted. Something called the global village. How much of we heard that today. He predicted in the seventies that it as a result of mass communication which was crude thin compared to what it is now that is -- as a result of mass communication. The world to woods tend to become one because we would all be exposed to the same things at the same time. When -- government. No longer has the ability. To. Control. Information to the people. Then. The people are going to revolt against a government that is unfair to them. You could go back to the collapse of the Soviet Union and communism in eastern Central Europe back in the eighties Ronald Reagan are on. Behalf of many people was given. Single credit for causing the collapse of communism it wasn't Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan did the right thing at the right time -- not being critical but I'm just stating something that is just it has been widely studied. It was mass communication. It was the the Internet. That laid the foundation. For the end of communism. In parts of Europe and the Soviet Union. When the Soviet government could no longer control information going to the people when information was getting to the people anyway. And win the people the Soviet Union realized what was going on in the world. Communism was not gonna last. It for Tommy Tucker on -- on WW LA MFM and dot com if you wanna join us with comical to 601878. And toll free 866889. 0870. Opt out ought to talk to special. Experts on need the strategy of social networking here in in in just a moment. But let's just go to the situation in Iran in it in Egypt right now. Much of this that is happening the the mobilization of people and it's it's probably close to daybreak. It Cairo right now. And there are expecting a million people. The march of a million in march of millions -- people gonna be all over through the streets protesting this. This government is really have -- it's really a wonderful thing. It's not good that people are dying it's not good -- social unrest it's much better the way we do it in this country with elections. No matter how much you dislike our president. As much as you might dislike aspects of our government our system. That's not the way we do it in this country we go to the polls and if you don't go to the polls and you only have yourself to point. But what's going on in Egypt is in part the result of of social media. The at the ability to mobilize people above and beyond what the government can control. Geovany Gucci joins us live on WW LA MF NN dot com is a social media expert and strategist Jim -- welcome to our show. I find and I don't know whether you do or not but it seems to me that that the the evolution of what we referred to in the past is mass communication is this social networking which is very personal as well as as mass appeal. I've seen estimate at their parallels between the role of the social media in the uprising against. President and euphoric in -- in Egypt and what happened with with mass media and the Soviet Union. What's funny that you -- recognition mark McQuillan and yet even way back in the late fifties. I -- while you're talking of course those who publish or quote corporate Morgan's books. These are quote in one of those -- -- essentially -- Was citizens technology advances. The advances in reverse of the characteristics as every situation again and again education bottom as the ultimate edition is going to be the -- doing it yourself. It is not not exactly what happened in the Soviet Union -- the people's oxygen hoping covers government stopped serving. What they should be serving us and we're gonna do it ourselves. Went to Egypt Wednesday or. No you're right it was the it was the infiltration of of of freedom of speech and freedom of through the media of the it was it was the fact that. The Soviet government could no longer control the information that got to the people two to point out to them the inequities in their society and end to a large degree. Even though in Egypt might be considered a republic might be considered to have a free media there are still restrictions and Mubarak is still. A dictator and there are problems there and social media has played a role in what's going on in -- -- -- -- in April because if nothing else and if you look at what happened in the days leading up everything you know Egyptian people have been you know gonna happen. Well it -- -- situation that is that they're left with for a long time that you look at a few days before this happened after the initial. What do they do they turn the FaceBook and Twitter and they started organizing and in the past without those tools now clearly the passion and the frustrations were fueled this. But it's social media and allow these people to connect to each other to spare parts of the city and you know what 11 PM market -- -- -- this where we're gonna start the march. And before and they never -- capability. So we -- having several people talked with several people think I'm sure you can pick up the telephone. So inefficient that you can you can never -- keeping optic around. Oh victory social media in almost certainly can organize bombardment relative safety. Being a long line and then everybody shows -- -- -- -- Police in the cake factor government. Right -- we're talking -- Geovany Dellucci here is a social media expert and strategist and public speaker on these are these issues. There is so a lot of talk now that America is secretly leading. The the leaders and and that organizing the leaders in training has been training the leaders. Who have their -- belly against and post your Mubarak. I -- it from your standpoint as says social media expert he would be very easy for the CIA if you will to uses social media to. Instigate these riots that may lead to democracy or another form of government and each of. You know so well yeah I mean it it clearly you have to have the ingredients and placed on the ground that happened I mean it gives you were talking earlier about whether or not support this could happen United States. We got she would be pressure valves and art in our society. You know assure you get -- nuts like you know you know the situation she saw it happen. You know we heard a situation where we can walk up to a tree with a talk -- want to -- -- in the act of doing that it's quite. So you know little -- is -- to be -- place I would rather in the -- Normandy that you know I. I don't know if I could I could take theoretically get that would be possible. You know in practice for our government organized so well in. A lot I think it differences of opinions and get all the people thought of how organized -- government. Well if for the record -- the media in Egypt is allegedly free it's -- freedom of the press -- guaranteed in the constitution however there are a lot of laws that restrict that right I still I still think it's illegal to criticize the president which is of course -- this country you're right we can go scream Twitter we could FaceBook whatever we want about the president. Absolutely no point neatly. Into the extent you know there's there's a lot of talk about you know. Giving the president to kill switch on the Internet in the event it shows such situation and Michigan -- because. Of course the federal government's. We've ever tablet it was an emergency. Fortunately no art and that is a critical -- -- into the country so what did you think he slipped off the cell -- he tried all technology turns off the Internet. And that it -- -- finally emerges. There are -- assure the people negotiators say no we're try to do our government back into -- do we want to happen it would want to have our president to have that capability that you laps. You going let's if you can hang on to a break wanna talk to you on the other side of this break about just that and a lot of Americans may not notice. Writes there is. The possibility that to the president of the United States this -- president could pull the plug on. On FaceBook king and on a social on social media just like before it did in in Egypt. I should the situation be deemed an emergency and again that's very subjective and it. So -- were coming right back with a social media expert and strategist Geovany Dellucci. If you're on hold hang on coming right back with your comments if you wanna join us here on WWL this Monday evening. Call 2601878. And toll free. 866 feet eight ninth zero X seventy. I'm -- in the morning in for Tommy Tucker the WWL. Did you know that the president's under certain circumstances might actually be able to pull the plug on social media in this country can you imagine. What -- the president got really upset with the for things that were being sent by a Sarah Palin the Tea Party. But the president declared that this was it's an emergency or threaten security in this country. Can pull the plug and social -- that's what president Mubarak has done in Egypt I think it's it's lighten up a little bit we're talking about the role of social media. In the uprising against that the president and the current administration in in Egypt. There is so hole put in this country that this will lead to. A democracy however when there is avoided and this was something that we talked about two with the removal of president Saddam Hussein. When there is a void in the country are we if we had removed him before we it took power of the country. If there is a -- there is always the possibility that somebody else would take control and is still the possibility that. Islamic fundamentalist could conceivably. Take control of the -- so. It nobody knows how this is gonna turn out yet it's and it's about five to 44 in the morning Tuesday morning tomorrow morning. In it in each of right now. And time but it sure be you'll be seeing more and more people in the streets and this is going to lead to. The removal of for the resignation of president posting a bar keys going to be out when we -- -- -- gonna be out in the US has to be really careful -- he's been a friend and Egypt was the first country to actually enter into a peace agreement into a peace agreement with Israel they have been. A stapling force in the Middle East so what's happening there deserves our attention we're all part of this world whether we like it or not and we cannot live with an isolated mentality. Especially because of mass media because of FaceBook because of social. Media and social networking. -- Dellucci is says social media strategist and expert he is with us live. On WWL and Doherty gets your comments here in just a minute we've also been talking about this this woman in Pennsylvania. Cool was. Texting and walking in a mall she fell into a fountain in the mall and she's suing the mall because. The security guards laughed at her. Don't -- I would laugh -- to thank you Bonnie let's let's talk a little bit about. The possibility or a a scenario that would cause the president of the United States in this country to do what Mubarak did in Egypt and that is. Suspend. The social media. Partly I think clearly keep it did they look at the situation where you -- you know. Previously tried to secede or are you -- actually on this or insure actions that would be it from their perspective calls to people I think the challenge about it yet. Again you know usually the constitution and read want to and what's available to us as citizens. And you know attract your parchment a circular control port where the government which is absolutely not look into us and then and not being we expected believe that we had a -- -- -- an application rise up against the -- replace it sort of there's an inherent conflict there will with the founding documents of the nation in Butte or you have the government to come in and sure it's much like when they're doing Chechnya Iraq and not making the assumption. Would they be doing any kids aren't shouldn't. Three army I would assume that you know. Foreign invasion of the country in the door and taking things offline. -- are pertinent you know for an armed force from utilizing those those types of technologies would be something that everybody would be fourth. Yeah the challenge here is you've got a situation with this bill I was wanting usage -- Susan Collins and didn't it where Lieberman. Last summer is that it's not -- that you judicial review. Uneasy situation with a -- president makes the call for subscription it's a done deal. And so I'm about the challenge right there effect that you are you know. Again we wish you weren't at our war we we allow the president to happen -- that kind of controls that you. You know. According to what we thank the president is gonna DP would stretch for us in relation. Well it seems like we've already heard that some. Talk from the White House in this administration. It's been very negative about the fox news network because. Of and attitudes. That prevailed fox news network about it. About this administration and a -- but whether you agree with or disagree with this president or Fox News is inconsequential to the bigger issue of freedom of the media freedom of the press the freedom of speech. And I I'm sure you would agree with -- Geovany bad. You know there are gonna be people who might wanna isolates. Social media. But this is just. This is just to continuing growth of what was considered mass media and satellite television and the ability to show things live around the world instantly which was. It's at the time to this this country in this world that was a very very. Was a very new thing to show things in in real time from anywhere in the world. And you know we go back to you know in many many years ago in this country it was word of mouth it was people gathering. In in in public to discuss something that was banned and in the newspaper departing press. The -- that was this was one of the verb Google analysts who the -- and Google who invented that the depending press Google -- I'm trying to figure to try to remember this -- I'm a little stupid you know I've -- -- killed during tails Obama years. The public spotlight on -- -- I know it's one of those things you challenge yourself to think about -- you can think about -- the printing press was the printing press was the beginning of mass media. And then we had radio and we had television satellite television so. This is this new. Technology cannot be isolated. As any different from the media that we protected in the past. There's a couple of it here issues during one that you bring up is is the definition of immediately there's plenty. -- you know. Judgments and purposes does state that waters can be defined as perhaps number one. Numbers you what about the other what -- RP impose what. Program hours. There are a 100%. Sure all laws having trucks sport you know light for his empire so -- you got the issue that going to -- in this work on the Internet. Stock apple but perhaps an ambient properties include yes on on on a lot of levels. I'm Julia Child. We have you're not pick it up anybody is listening it if you you know people can write -- Obama. Did not technically able happened before he gets up off the summing up our telecommunications. Infrastructures so you know it completely. Despair compares it to what they haven't -- -- -- -- -- -- phone -- -- independent -- point. Did -- get a -- Warner born citizens and placed an opportunity to have this but it goes through the courts is important and crucial we're talking about. You know a -- -- weight of one -- -- like this can actually be functional so it's not on the issue at all but you initiate a decent at much higher level what about our rights as citizens in the protection approach. But don't you agree that we cannot isolate new technologies being any different from just the very basic concept of freedom of speech. Of course she can't stay in an important important step. -- that an end and you can you get to the very root of the problem with that issue right there on the fact that I imagine the president come -- came up is that I'm gonna I'm gonna pick up go to an edict that no more printing presses can run. -- -- turns out that he comes out there's no war AM ready to during the time this time periods well there's no way. Which stands. They didn't know that I am radio and pretty impressive people are actually hostage. Well incident. I would certainly be in -- -- countries should there be any attempt to. To stifle a social media and I guess the you know the the ultimate question is this is social media ultimately dangerous thing. You know I can't buy into that even though it's it's new technology it it it spreads. The words that -- if not the word in in biblical terms but it it. It spreads opinions that a lot of people disagree with it mobilizes a lot of opposing opinions to any particular issue depending on what side you're on. But it's I I think curtailing that suppressing that is far more dangerous. Then any contents. That might be. It might be. Transmitted or or percent over social media. Also you'll all do respect at all airports so you. Uneducated nuts are easily -- a look at both quote unquote social media is dangerous. They're they're completely off their rocker I mean that's what I kitchen I educators because -- got herself him. Immediate -- it isn't it I know there's folks out there that say another party approach after the play. In order to feel -- are Christian church baton. Attacks didn't in new that you have the same arguments for rock and hope and the Turkey but an ambitious speaker -- you're going -- you have an -- your applying your pain just something that is an immediate goal. When you're not yet with so what's the root causes which should be Egypt it was thirty years of the population waiting for promise reform but never paid. Well that's what the ball it's an interesting part of of social dialogue today it's not going anywhere and as. And is. As dangerous as it might be in the minds of some people it must be protected and is media that is protected in this country even though it's a totally new. New technology. Eyes on a Galicia -- you -- spent timeless or WWL. I'd appreciate it Leo I give a website that people can go -- check out your expertise in this manner. Yeah words social media dot TV or do lot of training in the front -- although there. What was the first part of that social media. Or social media -- to learn social media dot TPT. -- -- -- TV learn social media. Dot TV. All right you -- -- she's shootings this before -- -- before you let him go hang on by our expert in near mark Menard producer and researcher has probably got the answer that we couldn't come up with the -- -- -- -- his his name is Johannes Gutenberg neither do -- -- -- points -- Play you know and vote. And here's why I should have known an Indian you should have noted to -- your body is so one of Marshall -- early books was the Gutenberg galaxy. And that's sexy is of no relation to Steve Gutenberg of short circuit and police took okay. All right thanks Marc I thinks of being with -- -- and are obscured in the morning at nights in for a Tommy Tucker here -- WWL AM FM. And dot com if you wanna join us with a comment deceiving -- 26 so. 1817 it's 504 to six so when he seventy. And toll free 866889087. -- in Alabama dust and welcome to our show. That's perfect I think -- -- -- a and they apparently are I took a while only artwork that. Are you up the government having a record that -- they do it social media people what's your perspective ought -- to WikiLeaks. Culture -- every picture on beat governor. Under a brief speech for dumping all that up by a material on the Internet. Which -- -- should what be cover I'm sorry did I become a break up there in here that. It should. -- value your get your honor we're talking up our social media. Be a form of breed these they should not be aren't all right in my mind -- what you'd think I'd regard the WikiLeaks. Up the dirt on. Would be covered under the current member right. Why don't you quote bring up people pay to work aria kind of Internet site that I information. Well I guess a lot depends on how you get the information but I would protect I would protect freedom of speech you know we don't. We don't have freedom of media as much as as much as people think we do without getting too cerebral here. You know don't agree with you I didn't even hear the trigger in the media are owned by a in a major corporations act and there -- rules you know we -- oil spill here -- in night in Louisiana. I always wondered why the media respected to. BP's. Protective zone over the oil spill that nobody could fly over the oil spill and why certain things were not said. It's because reporters even on the national network level. Have to abide by certain rules if they want access to the president this is something not -- that this is not new with this president this has been going on for. Decades it they had to subscribe to certain rules and and -- and borders when it comes to covering things they can't just go find any story they want if they do they're gonna lose access to the president. And then. They lose the competitive edge are covering certain stories so total freedom of the press in this country is indeed a farce. Which is why social media can be very threatening to governments whether it's here or in Egypt. Okay I ordered but I doubt very accurate. -- they're they either bet like a metabolic on on Egypt though I a look at that typical book. Thought I heard reports coming out on top radio NPR. Talk about that the instability a lot of the and -- were saying what are riding the not all the looting. The breakdown woke -- police enforcement. Are under direct order trauma park itself that actually. Uncle leap that -- they're -- they're even pedicure interior. Actually. When they are the so all looters trying to break into the ministry of the interior. It produced ID card -- -- to be actually not a member of -- up. The church and our -- that -- they were scooped her what are I don't know. -- -- design and at this point I don't think this anyway of are doing the truth about all those things but you know each side is going to employee if you will when I seaside community I think the United States has a vested interest in inconsistent in a lot of ways and and -- There aren't there are things that. That indicate that the United States is actually. For a couple of years now been working where us. Dissidents in Egypt leading to what we're seeing right now. And so Mubarak side has certainly has wants to make the crowd look on rule -- and bad and and they're gonna employee what they need to employ I'm sure to. Two to bolster their side -- -- you -- know this is this can't be stopped at this point and there we're gonna see and we're gonna see a new and different Egypt hopefully it's. Hopefully it's better for the people of Egypt but if you if you if you think about it Dustin what they're. What they are in the streets revolting against is what we feel in this country. A lot of people are not happy with our president. And a lot of people were not happy with bush. A lot of people are not happy with high unemployment end of the price of the prices of items that consumers have to take. -- this I guess this won't happen in this country because -- been in power what thirty. 32 years. You know we can go to the polls and vote somebody else so our our our. Our. Agent of change is more civil than it is in in other countries but. I would not be surprised if we find out more more about the US being behind this this this uprising in hopes of turning Egypt a very powerful. And stable. Nation and in that very volatile regions of the world. Outlook they've been friends and they could be bigger friends of democracy spreads -- this could actually be part of a much bigger plan to. As we tried to do with -- encourage democracy. In that region. -- the problem there that that is why. I can't figure and you want I think that one of the reasons why the president opened that I already -- a -- two decades. It but the because I think that it's been in the United States insert -- And you know we begin our rack that democracy and I believe in democracy and I think that it's it's it could grow older copy. Certain cultures are better -- another I don't buy that but I do think that. I suspect like in Iraq -- -- -- earlier right there. Democracy basically took a secular nation when it very eat blackberries and Italy. And pushed our part to the right. I mean it spartans yet coming into our legislating. You know kind of art -- -- -- -- -- attitude. Attacks on Christians cracked out on bail bail out all -- or not -- -- legal picked out all built under prop thing. Like my my my thought is set up a a democratic movement especially one or abstain elements of the Muslim Brotherhood which I don't. Think necessarily are huge -- -- it again airport do it a little outpost being spent out. Point being true democratic expression. Come out of each week could see a country that. Basically kind of aligned itself and awaited the people -- into our future. That is the way outlook and I think that maybe your transition impeded from apartment and they keep -- somebody else but. I don't know what you have spent the early big guard Richard -- -- are truly democratic Egypt such -- Arctic. Well as as you know what to do the Soviet Union and also with with directors some of the some of their early manifestations of early democracy. Are are very very Ross and you know thank god that all of buses. Have had -- ground work for democracy. Laid down in this country long before we had to worry about some of these of these basic things. On however. If it is truly a democracy then if something isn't -- then the voters can vote for change and that's the way it should be I just enjoy talking to you. 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More freedom. Opinions are very subjective. And so is in the choice of. What's free and what isn't free I find it interesting that it's Al-Jazeera. Camera equipment was seized. And some Muslim. Opposition to the movement now in in in Egypt Cairo in particular. They've been arrested. And have been detained Al-Jazeera. Journalist had been detained because it's on about freedom of press it's about freedom to express what. They want you to express -- find there's a lot of contradictions when it comes to. Freedom of press. I guess as flawed as are. System news as flawed as our country is in in in some ways it's still. The best around. And we're in the in the context of the world we're very very young nation born in 1776. It's 2011 you think about how old -- They how old it. Leave the ruling dynasties have dinner and a in the Middle East how old that part of the world is how old Europeans how old the dynasties of Japan and and in China. And in India are we're very new country and has served as as flawed as we may be and in some ways I think we need to sometimes celebrate. How great we are and how good things or in this country and and how we do have. Freedom of expression. And -- I I warn you did it it it's going to continue to happen there will be those who want to. Curtailed. Stifle in some way news new technology. But this new technology of a FaceBook and and Twitter and the advancement and evolution of the Internet all of this. He's just the newest version of mass media. This is just the newest version of mass communication. It's the newest version of the printing press and I think the the great thing about our constitution. Is that. And correct it if if if I'm wrong correct me if you can think of an example where this isn't the case. But. By and large. The Supreme Court. Has judged on constitutionality. Without regard for new technology. -- Albert a perfect example. Birth control birth control pills in the 1960s. That you might be too young young to remember this. But if I were doing talk radio a back in the sixties one of the big discussions would have been on WWL AM FM and outcome might have been tonight. Should the Supreme Court ruled that birth control is constitutional. That's what's before the justices right now. Birth control is unconstitutional in America should the Supreme Court ruled that birth control is constitutional. And I think this is a perfect parallel with the advancement of of the social media and the ability to communicate. On a mass level and individually. The Supreme Court ruled that based on right to privacy. Birth control was legal. Now it's hard for us to imagine in the world we live in today. That it one point birth control was unconstitutional. There were fears from from the moral right in this country and from the religious right. The -- birth control. Would lead to promiscuity. If people could start having sex. Without worrying about the consequences of pregnancy. This would lead to promiscuity in the world can lead to promiscuity in this country. The birth control killed. In 1960s. Was new technology. Yet the Supreme Court. Disregarded the new technology. And ruled the birth control based on right to privacy. Was legal. And constitutional. And I guess I think 1973. Pro familiar with Roe vs. Wade. Abortion. Was declared. Legal by the Supreme Court. Without regard for. Moral issues. Without regard for religious beliefs. It was declared what do you agree with it or not this is the legal foundation of roe vs wait you can worked I'm not cause I'm not telling you to change your opinion of abortion. You have a right in this country to your opinion and you can do whatever you can to several vs wade overturned. But it's not going to beat because it's based on the right to privacy. More recently in the last couple of years there was a case I believe it's Lawrence verses the state of Texas. Where. A couple -- a male couple in I believe it was Houston I don't have any this economy so this is just from recollection I believe -- in Houston. A male couple. Was I charged by the state of Texas they were arrested. Because they were engaged in a physical relationship. In the privacy of their home. They -- neighbor saw them through the window what he was doing peaking in the window I don't know. But he filed this false reports of some kind of -- domestic argument or -- weapons charge or something which caused police to go in. Believe or not this sort of the last I don't know 567 years this was not that long gone again I think it's Lawrence -- is the state of Texas. And they were arrested and for violating. The Texas law that bans sodomy. The Supreme Court ruled. That based on right to privacy. That was unconstitutional. And and among two consenting adults. Son and he could not be declared illegal in any state. A lot of people believe that that is the beginning of -- bearish becoming legal I don't know whether that's the beginning by gay marriage will be declared legal. Based on right to privacy. We go back to simply dive I talked about not that long ago August posting here on WWL. Where and how proposition nine was declared unconstitutional proposition nine in in California mayor call. Was it where it went to the voters and voters in the state of California. Voted to. Ban. Gay marriage. A federal judge California say it can't do that the constitutional. As I mentioned -- earlier when we talk briefly about this. I think it's important to the Supreme Court judges what is constitutional. Even if it defies public opinion. Because the constitution is never based on public opinion. It's based on what is right and that's the beauty of the constitution. In 1950s and 1960s. Louisiana. Alabama Mississippi. Georgia. Probably Florida Texas Arkansas. Tennessee. A lot of states. People could have gone to the polls and voted for. Amendments voted for amendments to state constitutions that would declare. Segregation. Legal to clear immigration. Unconstitutional. It's not a doubts. The will of the people it's not about prevailing public opinion at the time. It's about what's right it's about what's right for individuals in this country. And that's the beauty of the constitution. And today -- and the federal judge in Pensacola Florida Roger -- Declared Obama's Health Care Reform bill unconstitutional. Based aren't. The premise that congress cannot force you to buy health insurance. Based on that. He declared unconstitutional. And and -- was another judge in December who in Virginia declared it unconstitutional. I would like to believe that they are. Acting not based on on politics even though both of them were appointed by Republican presidents one by Reagan won by bush. Even though that goes along party lines I I would like to believe that since there are immune from from from public. Opinion is that there voted like Supreme Court.