Sadly, however, the first live-tweeting presidency bears more resemblance to the broadcast-era version of democracy than the kind of democracy the internet was supposed to enable. The very limitations I hoped we’d transcend in our shift to internet democracy are instead finding new life in the President’s tweets. How Trump’s Twitter presidency hijacked hopes for …

The case against Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” is a triumph of style over substance, of clamorous white grievance over knowable facts. This is what Andrew Breitbart, and his progeny, ultimately understood. What Shirley Sherrod did or did not do really didn’t matter. White racial grievance enjoys automatic credibility, and even when disproven, it is never …

In this world of instant communication, I don’t think it will ever be possible to completely eradicate a lie once it’s loose in the atmosphere Bill Kovach, quoted in a Chicago Tribune article from 1999 (!) debunking the myth that Catharine MacKinnon actually said/wrote “all heterosexual sex is rape,” a anti-feminist claim that predates the …

Girl Talk goes vaguely feminist. Of course people compared that to Nazi indoctrination, because that’s totally reasonable. Discussion below. thespectacularspider-girl: mulattoalbinomosquitolibido: miseryofmissouri: imminentdeathsyndrome: korrawarriorprincess: the-bi-furious-whovian: imminentdeathsyndrome: Indoctrination begins early for the feminist agenda. Get ‘em while they still can’t formulate their own opinions about the world and fill them with the lies that will support …

The Value of Snapchat (and Other Image-based Communication)

danah boyd published an interesting post on the value of Snapchat: In a digital world where everyone’s flicking through headshots, images, and text without processing any of it, Snapchat asks you to stand still and pay attention to the gift that someone in your network just gave you. As a result, I watch teens choose …

I speak and talk to the radio and the TV all the time. I say ‘that is not true’ and ‘you are lying through your teeth’ and ‘that cannot be so’. I keep up a running dialogue. Stuart Hall 2006. Reblogging this great Stuart Hall quote that shows who we have lost today.

Stuart Hall Has Died

Stuart Hall, the  great Jamaican sociologist and cultural theorist, has passed away aged 82, after long illness.  Hall’s writing has greatly influenced my own not only academic thought and development. His work was one of the reasons why I decided to go into a more Cultural Studies focused M.A. program rather than an even more …