All posts by Sean Shannon

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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American Sadistocracy

The 2012 presidential election was the first one that I followed in real time on social media at the same time that I was watching cable news coverage. I had a Twitter back in 2008 (and a Facebook, and other social media accounts), but with smartphones becoming far more ubiquitous in those four years, and more broadcast networks utilizing Twitter in their coverage, the 2012 election was the first one that had a strong Internet “real time” component, at least by today’s standards. As election…

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Is That All There Is?

Although my early years were spent in the tail end of the Cold War — I was already a teenager when the Berlin Wall came down — I wasn’t educated about the threat of nuclear war when I was younger. I never took part in any drills about what to do in the event of a bomb strike, and it wasn’t until I was much older that I understood what all that “Duck and Cover” stuff was really about. (Strangely enough, my first taste of…

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Monument to My Ego

Conceptualizing three-dimensional space has always been an issue for me. While I’m somewhat good at designing things in two dimensions — the graphical elements of my website and my book covers, for example — my brain has always had a very difficult time wrapping itself around the most basic elements of three-dimensional design. Anyone who has seen my laughable attempts at drawing can tell you just how messed up my head is in that regard. I have depth perception and two good eyes; I just…

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The Un-Enlightenment

America hits peak anti-intellectualism: Majority of Republicans now think college is bad (salon.com) I was part of the generation that first clued into the joy of Nickelodeon during the rise of cable TV in the 1980’s, but when the network was still so young that there was no such thing as Nick at Nite. Even at a time when most television networks ended their “broadcast day” and went off the air every night, it was still jarring to have Nickelodeon switch over to static in…

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