Rethinking “Negativity”

“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.” Noam Chomsky It is a tale as old as time – Some hot gossip or horrible truth takes over the fighting game community section of Twitter and other social media, and […]

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No Ahabs

“Ahab is for ever Ahab, man. This whole act’s immutably decreed. ‘Twas rehearsed by thee and me a billion years before the ocean rolled. Fool! I am the Fates’ lieutenant; I act under orders.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick (CW: Links containing descriptions of sexual harassment, transphobic language, domestic abuse) Over the summer, darkness lurking just […]

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Black Lives Matter

Due to the wealth of research I did for this earlier piece about Florida’s Volusia County and its police’s history of violence, I have a better understanding now of the damage that a horrible police culture can inflict on Black communities. The sad truth is that same story has taken place all over America for […]

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It *Is* That Deep

It is the ubiquitous phrase you see used across social media whenever someone posts about something that offended them: “It ain’t that deep.” Naturally, it implies that whomever was offended is simply looking way too far past the intent of whatever was posted and is overreacting. The most common place you’ll see this is on […]

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The Echoes of Silence

“If you just ignore it, will it eventually go away!” This canard, best used to distract children who are crying about their sibling making faces, has taken on a new meaning as we all are increasingly more online. Social media demands that its users engage one another, and there is no better engagement than tapping […]

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I heard a great story once: It’s California in the late 30’s. A lawyer, fresh out of Duke University School of Law, is trying his first case in the Los Angeles Municipal Court. It’s nothing too serious – a civil case over some money owed. But what should be simple turns sour when the lawyer […]

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