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Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 31 2013

Hitchens has a book-length essay against the monarchy?!

Following on from yesterday… Indeed. It exists. It’s like someone granted a wish I didn’t know I wanted to make.

Oct 30 2013

Monarchy… seriously?

I was reading an old, but good post from Hamilton Nolan – that’s equal parts hyperbolic and entertaining as informative. I’m not sure what it was that made me think how bizarre it is that UK still has people who just are “better” than us mortals — for some unknown reason. Writing at Gawker, Nolan …

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Oct 30 2013

Don’t watch trailers

Seriously. Don’t. I make my case here.

Oct 29 2013

All due respect

In a post for Big Think, I argued why religious organisations demanding respect miss what that actually looks like. The case involves a local artist satirising a recent, unrelated news story about sport (called cricket or something). The artist, the legendary Zapiro, chose to depict the god Ganesh due to his popularity in the related …

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Oct 21 2013

UN Women’s latest campaign is potent

UN Women, a branch of the United Nations, launched a powerful campaign that is both visually potent and thematically discomforting: Using the results of popular Google search terms – which we all utilise everyday on the Internet – the campaign highlights what entries are often being used. The idea of cyberspace and sexism, of course, …

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Oct 21 2013

Oprah Winfrey and misusing entertainment (and large) platforms

In my latest for Big Think, I use the whole “Oprah denies atheism” affair as a jump off point to examine her larger and damaging approach to thinking. I don’t view all celebrity as bad. What I worry about is the uncritical or unthinking engagement so many have toward things they adore: From people to …

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Oct 15 2013

Less dude focus, more creativity

I argued that if you care about progress (in general, but specifically in traditionally male-dominated areas), then we need to treat toxic anti-women sentiment as a serious hindrance to progress. Now many might say that it’s just basic human decency to not be sexist; of course, supporting diversity is not merely about combating the worst …

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Oct 10 2013

Being a critic and being a fan

In my latest for Big Think, I argue that – in many cases – fandom runs counter to proper criticism. This can be about films, comics, games, whatever. Passion for the thing can blind us to its flaws, making any form of negative criticism (or, indeed, adaptation) tantamount to an attack in passionate fans’ eyes. …

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Oct 03 2013

In which I don’t join the hype of GTA V – despite loving it

Yes, it’s possible to enjoy and be critical of a thing you love. For my next trick, I will walk and breathe at the same time. (I’m still struggling with how to respond to the major cultural phenomenon that Grand Theft Auto – as a franchise – has become: given its misogyny, it’s transphobic elements, …

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