So on that note, this is how I have it laid out...
- Literary Theory and Clique
- Public Relations
- M.T. Anderson's Feed, the discussion and lack thereof. (Where did all the coders go?)
- Ed Snowden, the NSA, and how to hide your concerns for privacy with holistic claptrap.
- Who I am and where I stand today? (Or at least up until now anyway.)
I'll admit that it was hard to write out the into to the whole thing. The co-worker who ran off with my story is someone who I blanked out of my memory when he finally left three years ago, having been transferred elsewhere. He did stop by once and he talked about Trump before he left, loving his "tell it like it is attitude" and I just went along with him. Even now whenever I talk about him, my chest tightens up. There is also the fact that one of our co-workers, one who was a friend of mine for a time, fancied him. This was something that I found out early into my senior year and, without going into the finer details, I ultimately felt slighted being used as a third wheel between two hikes.
There is also something else that I worried would seep into "Playing the Fool". I haven't told very many people about it, but in hindsight, I should've said something while it was ongoing almost five years ago. It's been recently affecting me at both my jobs, my writing, and more or less the reason why I put off starting out this series in the first place. It's something that I thought about while I read through Recovery, and Rascal, and when I first found the panel with James Damore and Heather Heying. That combined with issues at work has brought this thing back to the forefront and it makes me feel uneasy.
I might post something about it. I might not. For now, I'll switch tack...
There's been a lot of talk about the IDW--a term originally coined by Eric Weinstein in one of his appearances for the Rubin Report now legitimately canonized by Bari Weiss in her recent op-ed, or at least that's how I've seen it. And of course, I've harped on about them or mentioned them in passing. So instead, I'll just list some of their goings on, along with who I think you should follow...
- Kayne West tweeted about Candace Owens. Dave and Eric seemed to be optimistic about the thing and made some good points. However, we can do better and other role models are available. I'm also under the impression that there's some semblance of tribalism going on here.
- Cathy Young talks about how problematic "the way Candace Owens thinks" is in an article for Quillette, documenting her shift from left to right.
- This other Quillette piece from Coleman Hughes serves as a good counterpoint, focusing more on Black Conservatism than on Owens or West.
- If you like the general idea behind the "Intellectual Dark Web"--as in do if you want to see and participate in conversations that debate science, academia, and postmodernism among other topics with civility--I'd suggest following people like Iona Italia, James Lindsay, Sarah Haider, Gurwinder, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, ort, Irene Ogrizek, and Andy Ngo on Twitter among others. I already mentioned Helen Pluckrose, Peter Boghossian, Liana Kerzner, and Cathy Young previously, but will link to their respective Twitter profiles anyway because you should.
- I'd also start reading Quillette and Areo and if you can, support them financially. Also, Spiked is another one to watch along with Arc Digital.
- On the podcast front, Russell Brand's Under the Skin would be my poison of choice here. I'll also download or watch the occasional Joe Rogan show if I either know the guest(s) in question or if I found the livestream interesting.
...and that's about it really. Well, no. I spent most of the past couple weeks listening to Jordan Peterson read through his 12 Rules for Life--a self-help book written in part with an academic vernacular. Peterson, well, I'm not sure about him yet. I mostly started following him in passing, without knowing much about his brush-up with C-16 or his interview on Channel 4, and I haven't even watched it yet.
I will say this about the book: It's long. Some rules are tight while other ones get lost in anecdotes.
Would I recommend it? Unless you're enamored by philosophical, scholarly writing or with Dr. Peterson himself, there are other options.
Videos from the Queue
I've been binging through Midsomer Murders for the past couple weeks and love it immensely. I'm currently in midst of season six and might take a break from it once Sargent Troy (Daniel Casey) leaves. It's not exactly binge-able, as in I can only mange two episodes in one day and usually, they're not back to back. Still, it's good.
On the subject of binging, I've been meaning to go through Banjo Guy Ollie's Motherfolkers Podcast, which hands the spotlight over to other YouTubers or artists.
Other things I need to get around to watching...
- The seventh episode of Liana Kerzner's Lady Bits in which she discusses what women did in the games industry during the 1970s and 80s.
- Nostalgia Nerd explaining what came before USB.
- Kim Justice on Shadowrun for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive--a game that I'm only familiar with through a screenshot walkthrough of a game with the same name, but for the Super Nintendo.
- DJ Slopes with "The Complete History of Alien Solider" and "SEGA's Answer to Donkey Kong".
- Jordan Peterson's lectures connecting psychology and the Bible.
- A few videos from Leonard French and the Lawful Masses on Drake, PETA, the Copyright Small Claims Act (C.A.S.E.), and Diversity & Comics.
- Ashens doing one of the things he does best: introducing his sofa to the likes of odd toys.
- LoadingReadyRun's RoadQuest when that becomes a thing. Also their other new show, The Panalysts.
- Paul Rose (Mr. Biffo) on the comedy and fandom of Rick Gervais post-Humanity.
- Andy Ngo on the life and work of Professor Elham Manea.
- Shane Fraser on the difference between art and propaganda.
If you came here by Twitter, then this may already familiar to you...
In the meanwhile, here's all the books I'm trying to finish. I already finished one of them (Krikkitmen). I haven't touched a few of the books on the left for about a year or two. I took a break from In the Spirit of Crazy Horse four years ago. Might tackle that one later... pic.twitter.com/nll4FRYgkM— Bryan Mitchell (B.M. Mitchell) (@PromptedInk) April 22, 2018
...and that's wraps things nicely. I do think that being out of an echo chamber has actually helped my stress in a way. I no longer react to things that some would consider sacrilege or necessary for a start, in a way that those in said chamber would approve of. I also feel more comfortable socializing with people, especially those I work with, in a way similar to how I felt before I transferred to university. Everything that I previously mentioned, which fits this, also applies.
It's also why I've been blogging more this year, than in the previous four. I plan on keeping this pace, if not improving it.
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