Posts Tagged ‘Media’

T-shirt slogans (#19)

Democracy dies in darkness.

— This magnificent prophecy now stands just below the masthead of The Washington Post.

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February 22, 2017admin 37 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#115)

It’s almost impossible to over-estimate how important this is (and the trend matters more than the current level). Regime legitimacy is sunk in radical crisis.

February 17, 2017admin 43 Comments »
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Sentences (#91)

Broken on Twitter, but containing far too much insight into traumatic discrimination disorder to leave there:

NRx and Alt Right share just about one thing in common, but because that thing is “hating the media” the media naturally can’t tell them apart.

(Sentence unchanged, but glued back together, with one semiotic shortcut — “bc” for “because” — edited up into English)

For historical reference, this was the occasion.

February 11, 2017admin 51 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#112)

February 10, 2017admin 35 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#111)

2017 comes at you fast.

February 8, 2017admin 36 Comments »
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Quote note (#322)

Dreher (woah!):

You expect lefty crackpot sites like Salon.com to come up with a ridiculous spin like this (that the Chicago crime was really about abuse against the disabled), but the Times? […] (That’s a joke.)

Read on for the Cathedral definition (and barely adequate NRx / Alt-Right differentiation).

(Via.)

January 10, 2017admin 18 Comments »
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Kurt Eichenwald’s Bad Day

I wouldn’t have thought it could get any worse than this, either.

But then

ADDED: ‘Open Blogger’ at AoS also delicately questions the quality of Eichenwald’s performance.

December 16, 2016admin 22 Comments »
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So, they did it

Their delight at the decision burns:

For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.

Divided States of America is worth everything.

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December 7, 2016admin 31 Comments »
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Quote note (#313)

West:

One of the reasons many people are sceptical about democracy is because they’re right to be. There is a fair amount of research suggesting that people power is not necessarily the best system of government. For example, one paper suggests that ‘hereditary monarchs with lots of legal power choose better policy than other systems do, including democracies, non-hereditary dictators, and weak hereditary monarchs, and this is reflected in higher growth.’ On top of this there is evidence that democracy does not help economic growth. Most important is the finding ‘that institutions and the rule of law matter but democracy doesn’t,’ a conclusion found in numerous papers. […] People tend to credit democracy with lots of good things that preceded it, such as the rule of law, political stability and economic freedom. These are all prerequisites for universal suffrage, rather than products of it; indeed when these things are not present the introduction of a ballot box tends to be tragic.

(XS was on this in August, but you all know that.)

December 6, 2016admin 11 Comments »
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Quote note (#311)

This is what an honest (and thus formidable) left would sound like:

Some years ago, a friend sent me a shocking article. It said hundreds of British girls were being systematically gang-raped by Muslim gangs. It claimed this was being covered-up. […] I’ve never had time for conspiracy theories, especially when they look as hateful as those in the article. So I checked the links and sources in the piece. I found an American racist-far-right website and from there, saw the original source was a similarly unpleasant website in the UK. […] I did a brief search for corroboration from reputable mainstream sources. I found none. So I wrote a curt reply to my friend: “I’d appreciate it if you didn’t send me made-up crap from neo-Nazi websites”. […] Some months later, I read the seminal exposé of the (mainly) ethnic-Pakistani grooming gang phenomenon by Andrew Norfolk in The Sunday Times. […] I was stunned and horrified – not just that these vile crimes were indeed happening and endemic, but that they really were being ignored and “covered-up” by public authorities and the mainstream media. …

The whole piece is terrifyingly sane. It’s so atypical, though, it can probably be ignored.

December 2, 2016admin 26 Comments »
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