03
Sep, 2012

(by kylecease)

Comedian Kyle Cease has a melt down and rants about America.

I don’t agree with every view expressed in this video, and Kyle gets a little rambly at times, but there’s at least some truth to his point regarding the media we choose to consume and, more interestingly, the media we choose to ignore. It’s worth thinking about.

A small-scale and personal example is what I’ve noticed about which posts of mine get liked, reblogged, retweeted, etc. It ain’t the science posts or the philosophy posts, and especially not anything political in nature. (Even this text might be borderline tl;dr for the Internets.) I’m never even sure if anyone sees those posts because they receive very little reaction, if any at all.

But the pretty pictures of beaches and clouds, and the gifs of cute little kittens get significant and disproportionate attention.

On a much larger scale we can observe this in things like which television programs get the most ratings and which ones get the least and which ones go down in flames. Ratings are not the most accurate gauges (which is a whole other blog post), but it’s one of the only meters we have at the moment for measuring our viewing habits on TV and sometimes it can be extremely telling about our culture.

Cute and funny things are awesome. I enjoy them as much as any normal person. But I also feel that it’s important, for me at least, to try to be well rounded in the media I consume. I never turn my brain off and I’m dedicated to being balanced. So, I try to tailor my blog in that light and will continue to do so for as long I keep a blog. I don’t blog specifically for reactions, but I do observe what does get a reaction and what kind. And I find it all interesting.

24
Aug, 2012

theatlantic:

Why Does America Teach Its Young People They’ll Be Punished For Speaking Out?

If there’s one belief that unites Americans, it’s that First Amendment freedom of speech is a good thing.  Everybody should have it: cigarette companies, SuperPACs, hate groups, Todd Akin, Cher, and Nichole Ritchie.

Teenagers, not so much. They might say something wrong. Better to shut them up.

The last time the issue of impudent teen speech came up in this column, my comments page was swamped with suggestions that the problem wasn’t free speech, it was rudeness. Teens, you see, can’t be allowed to be rude. The saucy-teen issue has surfaced again, this time in the person of a high-school valedictorian in a small Oklahoma town who used the phrase “what the hell” in a graduation speech and has been punished with the withholding of her diploma.

What the hell?

Is this really how a free country treats its young adults? And will the “good manners” brigade rally around this latest episode of petty grown-up bullying?

Read more. [Image: ARENA Creative/Shutterstock]

24
Aug, 2012

theatlantic:

74% of Virtuous Words Are Used Less Frequently in Books Than They Were a Century Ago 

Simply, fewer virtue words in books means that the concepts those words stand for are less a part of the individual and societal consciousness. “People simply do not think/talk/write about morality and virtue as much anymore,” the Kesebirs write. “The vocabulary for talking about issues of good and bad, right and wrong thus seems to be shrinking…”

If we aren’t using moral words in our vocabularies, what are we using?

Read more. [Image: Flickr/Len Matthews]

23
Aug, 2012

bestrooftalkever:

Post about how a movie sucks

  • Everyone disagrees with you.

Post follow-up about how the person who said it sucks is wrong

  • Everyone agrees with you.

Post a question about what side everyone’s on

  • No one has seen the movie.
23
Aug, 2012

I’m thinking worst case scenario now,” Head said during an appearance on FOX 34 in Lubbock. “Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe. And we’re not talking just a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.

Texas Judge Tom Head warns of ‘Civil War’ if Obama reelected – TPMMuckraker (via brooklynmutt)

So at what point do we start criminal proceedings for all these elected and otherwise public (and publicly culpable) persons for their implicit and explicit threats to the White House and the US?

(via note-a-bear)

reasons why i am not feeling safe living in the U.S. at all cause all this talk is code talk and calling out to all them neo-confederates, white supremacists and white nationalists as well as just non-identified hate groups against all poc to get their weapons and shit and organize.

(via strugglingtobeheard)

I find myself wondering what constitutes a “credible threat” against the president and the nation…

(via sex-edumacation)

I’ve come to believe that being able to openly talk about armed insurrection without fear of reprimand or retaliation is probably the most fundamental white privilege.

(via darkjez)

Yeah, this shit scares me too.

(via panasonicyouth)

“He said he feared Obama would hand over sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations”

That…. is probably the most asinine “prediction” ever.

(via holymotherofrowling)

23
Aug, 2012

poptech:

Here on the internet, we love us some memes. But where do they come from? Yes we know, they are user generated. But to an internet layman, they seem to just appear, in HUGE quantities, ready for cultural consumption. Are they a sign of a “cultural singularity”? Memes follow rules and code, are varied, self-referential, and seem to multiply at an ever increasing rate. It may seem like science fiction, but we’re close to a world where culture automatically and magically creates infinitely more culture.

23
Aug, 2012

summa-cum-nada:

threedifferentways:

My observations and experiences as a Pagan Woman of Color:

  • On finding out I’m of black descent, people keep asking me who my Met Tet is. Who my Head Orisha is. Which Lwa am I bound to. And then saying “Why not? It’s your bloodline after all!”, when I tell them I don’t follow a African Diasporic Path.
  • When I was serving Loki, I was spit on by a local (Caucasian) Asatru, who felt me claiming such a bond was an insult to his “warrior race” ancestors. I was later told by well-meaning others to never bring up my connection to Loki among other pagans. Not because of “Loki = Bad” spite, but because it will be assumed I’m fluffier than a bag of cotton balls because no black person would be accepted by the Aesir/Vanir.
  • I was invited to a local Open Circle by a Caucasian friend. The Open Circle was held purposely for allowing those not grouped or covened to join in a seasonal festival and was open to the general public. After arriving and confirming my attendance, I was discreetly told that the ritual would “probably not be good for you and your energies because your kind of gods are so different from ours”. I repeated these words to the High Priestess, who looked every where but at me and then said, “She wasn’t supposed to say it like that, but yes.”. I asked her if she knew which gods I was beholden to, she said, “The Voodoo ones.”. My stone face corrected her. I did leave, but I took a red pen and hashmarked my name from the attendance sheet, then wrote beside it why I was leaving. “My race is not welcome.” My friend said it looked like I had left a blood mark on the paper. She later told me another person spoke up and said, “The nigger left? Oh good. Now we can have a proper ritual.”.

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