All posts by Sean Shannon

Holding On to Dreams

Dolores O’Riordan, the Cranberries Singer, Dead at 46 (Rolling Stone) Kurt Cobain’s body was discovered on the Friday of my last spring break in high school. I can still remember waking up late that afternoon (it was spring break, after all), and turning on MTV when they were supposed to be airing their daily top ten video countdown. They were in the middle of Nirvana’s Unplugged performance of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” which was certainly a great video, but it had dropped…

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Not-So-Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Education Dept. Considers Tougher Rules On Loan Forgiveness In Fraud Cases (KPBS.org) Reconsidering the cost of education (npr.org) The role of higher education in Americans’ lives exists on a number of different spectrums. When I was younger, attending a private school but living in a working-class Toledo neighbourhood, the spectrum I became most aware of was that of possibility. Even though I was going to a school where college was pretty much a given for every graduate, I was living with families where even the…

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Stop Amplifying the Loudest Voices

Russia or tax cuts: Are MSNBC’s corporate bosses causing a coverage dilemma? (salon.com) Social media, like so many Internet technologies that rose to prominence after the turn of the millennium, is both blessed and cursed by the fact that its capacity for human-generated content is basically limitless. If you throw out the people who use bots to post online at inhuman speed, it’s basically impossible for one person to shut down a social media service by making post after post. Most of us have at…

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Making Planned Obsolescence Obsolete

Apple Faces A Pair Of Lawsuits After Admitting That They Slow Older iPhones (uproxx.com) My maternal grandfather was a big believer in making things on his own. Although my maternal grandmother’s vintage exercise bike is the one item I remember most from the basement of the house where Mom grew up, her father’s workshop was a very close second. I don’t have any memories of him actually making things down there, but I only visited the house for the winter holidays, and even if he’d…

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Scarring Them Early

The Internet Didn’t Hold Back on Donald Trump Jr.’s Halloween Tweet About Socialism (Time) Scars come in many forms, and like so many other things in life, too many people mistakenly believe (deliberately so, in the case of some assholes) that any scar that can’t be seen isn’t “real” or what have you. Non-visible scars aside, I picked up three prominent scars in the first few years of my life: A long gouge on my hip as the result of hernia surgery (which happened so…

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