The Media Is In Crisis, and It’s Taking America Down with It

In a word, what’s happening right now in the media, and low key in this country, is a shitshow. It’s like this Fast Company piece from Joe Berkowitz said: “We are heading down a dark path, and laughing all the way about the shoddy paving.” It’s ridiculous, but this is the reality. We are so bogged down …

Social Media Trolling Should Not Be Your Preferred Method of Online Communication

Trolls are still a thing. Like, a serious thing! It’s so weird, right? It feels kind of pathetic to lash out at strangers online. Or is it just me? I mean, we can see that it’s almost certainly a waste of time. I suppose I should qualify that we. I mean as the more reasonable …

What’s the Difference Between White Liberal Rhetoric and True Advocacy?

One of my oldest friends has a service job, work truck, hard hat, uniform, the whole bit. He often has to visit people at their home to do prep work before they start major projects that require digging and potentially hitting power, gas, and cable lines. He’s told me stories about white women watching him …

Must We Uphold Freedom of Speech for Everyone? Sadly, Yes

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody. I wish I could offer you a moving story about one-sided obsession turned happily ever after. Maybe a little family redemption and faith or something equally loving. But instead of spreading a written song of passion and care, I’m going to talk about yet another sad social media-related incident. This one …

Kobe Bryant, Felicia Sonmez, and the Case of the Poorly Timed Tweet

So, it’s been less than a week since Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the world is mourning his death. There have been tributes all over the world, and endless news cycles reporting every detail of …