Category Archives: rhetoric

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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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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My Generation?

Mom was fond of calling me a “Bicentennial Baby,” since I was born in 1976. It’s not a term that I’ve heard very¬†often outside of my family; earlier this year I used it when I was talking with a grocery store worker, who said that he thought I was too young to be wearing the Nirvana t-shirt I had on, when he asked what year I was born, and he just smiled and shook his head. From what I’ve seen of the first two seasons…

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Resisting the New Normal

Asking anyone to the left of Joe Lieberman to pick the thing they hate the most about the current administration is like asking a parent to pick their favourite child: They probably have one, but they’re too polite to mention it. There’s a strong temptation among many of us to simply avoid discussing our own personal sore spots with things in Washington right now, for fear of sounding like we’re not concerned about the problems that the people around us have, friends and strangers alike.…

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