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Category: Weekly Thoughts

Weekly recap: March 2, 2018

I made a few things in the last week, here they are: “Crying Baby Karaoke: A New Lullaby Canon” I mean, does anybody ever say they like lullabies? Do we ever experience nostalgia for them? We are soothed by them, forget about them, and then later use them to soothe our own children. Lullabies are at the bottom of the barrel of culture that is intended for children. We complain about being forced to endure kid’s entertainment, but what if we excised it out of our children’s lives? “Dad blogging,… Read more Weekly recap: March 2, 2018

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The final two lists (best films and albums) will be released later this week, but for now the continuation of my weekly thoughts. Internet as a Human Right A few weeks back (before the endlessness of holidays and the best of mania took a hold of my life) I wrote about my experience with Time Warner Cable and the weird sort of power that we may now have as consumers and internet users. I promised to write more about that and I plan on doing so now, but first I… Read more Weekly Thoughts 14

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Sincerity in an Age of Irony The Star Wars teaser was released last week and if it was any indication of how the film will turn out it looks to be a step in the right direction for the series. The universally detested prequels were released starting in 1999, looking back now this seems to be the most ill-timed period for these films to be released. This was the rise of the internet era, a time where technology quickly changed and shifted the way that we interact as well as… Read more Weekly Thoughts 12

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Emojis Technological advances often bring about vast changes in the ways that we communicate; this, in turn, often brings large cultural changes. With any form of cultural change there is a resistance both to the technology and to the unique forms of expression that these new forms can bring. Nobody wants to commit themselves to a form that will soon be out of style–a relic of an old age only to be parodied later–so they do their best to ignore that which is modern or new. Others commit themselves entirely… Read more Weekly Thoughts 11

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The Hate-Read I have a confession to make. I struggle too. I am an advocate for building up cognitive dissonance within the self, creating the ability to accept the tension between what you believe to be true and taking in something that is poised as being the opposite of that. Being able to live with this tension allows one to deal with people outside the immediate social circle, manufacturing mutual respect, and paving pathways to peace–or at least the avoidance of violence. I’ve suggested before that we should build in… Read more Weekly Thoughts 10

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How to Stop a Dictator: Read This Blog The other day I listened to this podcast, Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything, part of the Radiotopia network (who, by the way, has some of the best storytelling podcasts out there and is highly recommended). The episode was a short one, beginning with an advertisement for Radiotopia’s latest Kickstarter campaign and then continuing into a short interview with someone who works on the show. They are in the park and there is a concert happening, the guest Walker interviews makes a point… Read more Weekly Thoughts 9

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Spanking and a Two-Party System I recently found out that in the United States, 19 states still allow corporal punishment in school. Now I have made my opinions about corporal punishment here (quick recap: grew up with it, turned out fine, but the way that it teeters on physical abuse seems like a line that is not worth approaching for me, but I still need to do more research) and it seems crazy to me that this is still a thing. I tried to do some quick research as to… Read more Weekly Thoughts 8

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Fear Is a Way to Make Friends Alarm. Fear. Panic. It feels at times that more than anything these are the driving narratives in our lives. The world is a mess. It’s in chaos. America is going downhill. The government is just not like it used to be. The world is going to hell in a hand basket. Jesus must be coming back soon because the world is overcome with evil… We tell ourselves these things all the time. Sometimes they might be in passing–a quick blip from our mouths… Read more Weekly Thoughts 7