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The Darkness Before the Right - The Awl
"It’s entirely possible that reaction[NRx] never does become a popular movement — a new economic boom, for one, would do a lot to soothe the disaffection on which it feeds — yet if it were to grow, the proposed alliance of convenience between the tech elite and an intransigent white identity politics begins to look a lot like the Nazi coalition of German industrialists and a downwardly-mobile middle class. That doesn’t mean it’s “fascism,” a term both so broad and so particular as to be all but meaningless these days, per se. But in the twenty-first century, it may be that the Dark Enlightenment is what we get instead."
politics  culture  philosophy  gg  2015 
17 days ago by mechazoidal
A New Reality? The Far Right's Use of Cyberharassment against Academics | AAUP
"Academia has been too timid in countering such movements. We should not have to speak in hushed tones when we condemn hate groups. We should not have to be apprehensive when we promote democratic ideals and equality.

It is essential, particularly over the next three years, that we confront the animosity and bigotry of soci­ety’s underbelly. Those in academia present an easy target—we are in public positions, open to scrutiny, and loathed by many."
gg  2018  academia  analysis 
27 days ago by mechazoidal
16-194 | Virginia Tax
Sales tax for caterers.
gg 
6 weeks ago by ilias
The Blind All-Seeing Eye of Gamergate | Eruditorum Press
"By any reasonable interpretation, that most basic of human cognitive functions is literally the single biggest thing they are opposed to. They are insatiable because there is nothing they want. Nothing save for for nothing; as far as the eye can see. And so their blind eye twitches helplessly around, staring endlessly at the random shapes and colors that dance upon its cataracted lens and believing that they can see it all. Howling apophenically into the void to try to get everyone else to see it too - the vast conspiracy that’s all around them. Finding victim after victim to abuse in the name of this gruesome folly. Measuring their circle. Starting anywhere."
gg  essay 
9 weeks ago by mechazoidal
The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter
"But in an interesting twist, the teens who make up the community’s core audience are getting fed up with the constant, largely adult-driven dramas that currently dominate YA. Some have taken to discussing books via backchannels or on teen-exclusive hashtags — or defecting to other platforms, like YouTube or Instagram, which aren’t so given over to mob dynamics. [...] And if YA changes, it may well be at the behest of the young adults themselves, especially when even the community’s crusaders for social justice seem weary of the constant conflict.
gg  twitter  article  writing 
august 2017 by mechazoidal
Twitter
RT : Breaking: Former astronaut Julie Payette to be Canada's next governor general
cdnpoli  gg  from twitter
july 2017 by jbfink

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