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Demographics Gotta Demographic

(I’m going to assume you, dear reader, have already read The Age of Demographics and if not in agreement with it at least willing to treat it as hypothetically true.) Most people are pretty good at signaling their demographics, and no one’s going to confuse a swot for a blot or a square for a […]

Signaling and Tragedies

I found this tweet in the archives. We all saw it back in the day and we all decided (“vile,” “jackass,” “disgusting“) it went too far. I’m not here to defend either the politics or attitude of Brienne of Snarth, both of which I think are too silly really to react to; but I’m not […]

Too Little, Too Late: The Kavanaugh Hearings

It’s 2019, what’s the thing you care the least about at the moment? The Kavanaugh hearings? Okay then, let’s talk about them. Because I think almost everything anyone said about the hearings is wrong. I know I pick on the left a lot, so I should probably pause a moment to address the rightwing bromide […]

The Perils of Vaccinations

I think we may all be making a mistake in our interpretation of the anti-vaxx “movement.” I don’t mean that you shouldn’t vaccinate your kids (or yourselves) of course. Anti-vaxxers are wrong about that! But they’re not wrong if they say that vaccination is not 100% harmless. Before you send me a bunch of links […]

Participation in This Multi-Billion-Dollar Marketing Orgy is Mandatory

A friend on social media posed the question: What are your pop cultural red flags? and among the many replies was one—well, I’m quoting it, which is probably immoral, but I’m anonymizing the whole thing, because I’m not so very bad: “…I’m going to say ‘men who dislike The Last Jedi.’ Like, I’m sure that […]

Alack Too Timely Shaded

Quickly, then, because this is easy. It’s mostly just review. I wanted to talk a little about this article, but mostly about Ranier “tLLoaAG” Maningding’s reaction to it. (Ignore those 53 tabs; we all have our problems; ignore that date, I’m running behind on everything.) We shouldn’t make too big a deal about things, because, […]

Jolly Holiday

Every year, around election time (I know; I’m running late) people suggest that it would be a good idea to declare Election Day a national holiday, thereby making it easier to vote. I’m not sure if this is actually a good idea* but certainly it’s a well-intentioned idea. Good people from all over the political […]