Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

The conservative obsession with “narrative”

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

In response to the execution-style murder of two New York City police officers by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, many conservatives blamed the media "narrative" for inspiring the murders. Brinsley supposedly said his targeting of NYPD cops was motivated by the unjustified killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in ...

Not all women, not all men

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

As with so much about Twitter and the rest of the internet, the recent #YesAllWomen movement, which took place in the wake of the UCSB murders but which both legitimately and laughably moved far away from the killer's supposedly misogynist motivation and into the everyday fears and annoyances that women ...

On stereotyping and skepticism in the Maryville, Missouri, rape cases

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports wrote an excellent article about the emotions and passions that have erupted in response to the "Nightmare in Maryville". One of Wetzel's main points is that we shouldn't let our emotions get carried away and lead us to incorrect conclusions and rash judgments, such as ...

Charles Pierce puts Dianne Feinstein in her place

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee's bill that purports to define what a journalist is, journalist Charles P. Pierce responds with the appropriate amount of fury: Hey, Dianne, here's the thing on that First Amendment business. I get to define what you do for a living. And if I decide ...

Two great links about the George Zimmerman verdict

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Amazingly, I'm only two days behind in reading and posting links to these excellently written and insightful columns. My post from earlier today was originally going to be two or three paragraphs of commentary followed by quotes from these two columns, but I got a little carried away. Ken White ...

How dare corporations make money by giving people what they want!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Michael Moss, author of Salt Sugar Fat, recently gave an interview on the Daily Show about the scientific precision with which junk food manufacturers design the flavors and textures of foods and drinks, and how it all smacks of a nefarious ploy to make money off of Americans by destroying ...

David Brin on freedom, governments, and the internet

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

In his post A Threat to the Internet as We Know It, science-fiction author, scientist, and futurist David Brin writes about the recent United Nations summit and the threats to internet freedom that it portended: A United Nations summit has adopted confidential recommendations proposed by China that will help network providers ...

How much good have Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns done?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

I honestly don't know. I wish it were a lot, but I think it's optimistic to say they've even done a moderate amount of good for the cause of liberty in this country as a whole. I voted for him in my state's primary just to try to help out ...

Amanda Knox’s acquittal

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I was extremely happy to learn that Amanda Knox had finally been acquitted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007 when they were exchange students. You could tell that justice prevailed because Nancy Grace thought the opposite. I thought the case against Amanda Knox was so circumstantial and ...

Neighbors helping neighbors in a disaster: voluntary cooperation and spontaneous order

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

I liked this NPR report by Shankar Vedantam about friends and communities helping each other after (and even before) natural disasters and the failure of government agencies to help them very much when it really matters. The article on the website is similar to the radio report, but with more ...

Julian Sanchez on politically motivated suppression of WikiLeaks

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

I really enjoyed Julian Sanchez's entire post Wikileaks and "Economies of Repression", but the conclusion was the best: In the heady days of the 1990s, it was widely assumed that the global Internet was, by its nature, an anarchic zone of untrammeled speech inherently immune from the control of governments quite ...

Loose lips sink dictatorships

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Seen on the internet, from someone who originally saw it in Barcelona, presumably inspired by Obama's opposition to WikiLeaks: