Consider this verdict based on the evidence of economics: Local print newspapers ought to die. Now. That’s what one observer believes, and he’s pretty convincing. Newspapers are on their deathbeds now, burdened […]
Freedom of the press means little if audiences are trapped in bubbles
A free press won’t amount to squat as long as it has audiences who hear only what they want to hear, read only what their Facebook-sculpted algorithms tell them to read, and […]
Pedophilia and our sexualized media: is naïveté a good thing or a bad thing?
The Mr. C case has me wondering if widespread familiarity with sexual themes and content makes today’s youth more or less susceptible to pedophiles. Part 2 of a series. UPDATE: As explained in […]
They’re having an online contest to name April’s calf: what are the odds on Giraffy McGiraffeface?
What could possibly go wrong? Didn’t we just discuss this, people? I mean, it’s like nobody reads me at all.
Boaty McBoatface, Footy McFooty Face and Trumpkin: WHY do people keep asking the Internet for help?
San Diego’s MLS hopefuls and Crayola ought to have learned from history. #NewCrayonColors It started innocently enough in 2012, when the geniuses at Mountain Dew decided to ask the Internet’s help in naming […]
The Mature Society, pt 1: 1984 vs Brave New World
Part 1 in a series. by Dr. Michael Tracey We live in a moment of hyper-consumerism, uber-war and insidious surveillance by a vast security apparatus. But what might it look like if Orwell […]
Fake news. Who should be the judge?
ZOMG!!1! I saw this meme, or was it a tweet? Or a meme of a tweet? on the internet today, and it looked really urgent and seemed legit and everything, because it […]
In just a decade, ‘content’ trumped ‘news’ (and those who reported it)
Ten years has seen the evisceration of newsrooms; the alteration of form, function, and distribution of information; and the emergence of a distorted public discourse. Oh, joy. Since 2007, I’ve written about […]
Book Review: Lament for the Fallen by Gavin Chait
“Review a little history and you’ll see that creators seem to find inspiration in adversity.” – Gavin Chait, Lament for the Fallen On the surface Gavin Chait’s debut novel Lament for the […]
Patriarchy in the news, 8/21/16
I haven’t done one of these in a while, but there is so much out there. First up, trending on Twitter is #thingsfeministmenhavesaidtome. There are surprises, but the golden oldies are well […]