Parallel in not-so-unexpected-places: The more I think about it, a particular brand of “Gamergate” criticism of Anita Sarkeesian is like a particular brand of TeaParty/right-wing criticism of Obama: Sarkeesian is completely useless and can do nothing, but has the absolute power to dictate, censor the course of the massive, mainstream gaming industry to a Stalinist degree.
Yeah, that makes sense.
There really is no reason to replace The Colbert Report with a similar show, as FOX News has definitely turned into its own satire.
Fox News Cuts Away From Obama Press Conference Because Nobody’s Asking About Benghazi
Last night I watched a few of The O’Reilly Factor parodies SNL did over the last decade. These days, he’s increasingly turning into his own caricature. The story on TPM linked above could be the pitch for a SNL skit.
Sure, at-risk teenagers certainly watch The Factor for live-changing moral guidance. The work the My Brother’s Keeper initiative is about to do and that O’Reilly rails against – “urging stronger efforts to create more opportunities for young minority men and to improve conditions that keep them impoverished and imprisoned in disproportionate numbers” – is just not as fundamentally urgent as turning your cap in the proper direction. Why work at structural issues when the real foundation of crime and misery is hat fashion. If only Jay would wear his cap properly.
O’Reilly To Valerie Jarrett: Get ‘Gangsta Rappers’ To ‘Knock It Off’
As much as I (sometimes) enjoy public shaming lists, I wonder whether it does more harm than good to further amplify the voice of every fringe voice with a twitter account. Case in point, the responses to Obama’s speech today.
I might just look at this gif of Malia photobombing Sasha’s attempt to snap a photo of her parents kissing until I hate the world less enough to be able to work.
(via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk » Photobomb, präsidental)