He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them.
RT @AdamSerwer: There are no negative qualities conservatives convinced themselves Obama possessed that Trump does not actually possess, on…
RT @jonathanchait: In conclusion, Kashmir is a land of contrasts, thank you. https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1163895932116754433
Everyone who paid to see “Venom”: I blame you for this. https://twitter.com/ign/status/1163906622655225856
RT @DLind: This bot deserves a gotdamn Pulitzer https://twitter.com/bradheath/status/1163906909231099904
RT @benjaminwittes: If you ever need an example of a situation in which serving another day in office is an abject humiliation, just think…
RT @USAmbDenmark: Denmark is ready for the POTUS @realDonaldTrump visit! Partner, ally, friend 🇺🇸🇩🇰
We’re cancelling a state meeting with an allied head of government over a completely batshit fantasy real estate transaction. Stay tuned for the next episode & see what waaaacky foreign policy hijinks we get up to! He’s not here to make friends!
 
Who loses if he doesn’t meet with them tho? It has to be net positive for both sides.
I refuse to believe this is real life. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1163961882945970176
RT @DanielLarison: Further proof that Pompeo is just really awful at his job https://twitter.com/nick_l_miller/status/1163943764383141888
To wit: We’re prone to look for top down explanations. “People are emulating prominent person/group X; X is explanatory.” But why is X prominent? Why are those people emulating this rather than that?
One of the first things I did for Reason as a baby writer was a mini-interview with sociologist Duncan Watts. I still think often about his riff on the concept of “influentials,” because I think it diagnoses an important cognitive bias. https://reason.com/2004/05/01/soundbite-net-savvy/
RT @normative: Just spitballing, but maybe the problem here is that “sin” is a completely irrelevant and inappropriate framework for thinki…
RT @normative: I mean, the deeper problem is that said study is hilarious trash, to the point where focus on nitpicky clarifications gives…
RT @maddow: Excellent! What a good idea to do this. https://www.justsecurity.org/65863/expert-summaries-of-mueller-report-a-collection-of-short-essays/#LinksandContactswithRussiaAdditionalIndiviuals
If that’s what he thinks the job is, good. https://twitter.com/allahpundit/status/1163788934834511872
Right, because the figureheads are always elites, even if they’re figureheads for “anti-elitism”. What needs explanation isn’t why they believe what they do; it’s why they have power & huge audiences rather than just being sad cranks. https://twitter.com/cd_hooks/status/1163913575506821126?s=21
Moving to a medium where regular interpersonal interactions aren’t geographically buffered ends up functioning as abrupt cultural time travel.
Right, but that’s my point. A lot of the country is culturally on a 30+ year time-lag from New York or Cambridge in terms of local norms, even if they watch the same movies. https://twitter.com/jamestleahy/status/1163912125296738304?s=21
Doesn’t seem hard to imagine the abrupt transplant—who might have adjusted fine going the long way—experiencing culture shock &, unable to leap the norm gap all at once, looking to rationalize rejecting it wholesale.
And if they don’t have a “time traveller” nametag, they’ll probably find people reacting with revulsion & outrage to actions & sentiments it’d never even occurred to them were objectionable.
Imagine someone who’s politically & culturally moderate for 1950 suddenly teleported to 2019. Even if they consider themselves fairly liberal for their context, they probably have tons of views & habits that are obviously sexist or racist to us.
The cartoon version where online woke brigades are what finally pushes people over the line into open naziism is obviously silly. But at the margin I think some may start (or accelerate) down ugly paths because they feel besieged by mores too far from their starting point.
If that’s true (in part) then what to do about it is a separate question. But it’s got to be a mistake to discard the hypothesis out of hand because you suspect the motives of the folks floating it, and still more because you don’t want the implicit tradeoff to exist.
I’m sympathetic to this reaction—a lot of this stuff IS in bad faith—but it seems at least plausible that part of what’s going on now is about the collison via new media of very different norm sets that had previously been, not entirely isolated, but buffered by geography. https://twitter.com/cjane87/status/1163830430535245829
Comical & deluded as that is, it’s at least less disturbing than the substantial faction who seem to regard his ignorance and vulgarity as virtues to celebrate. https://twitter.com/jbouie/status/1163847231784534016
RT @ZeringueMarshal: Five top books about humans making a mess of things @robwhart @ChuckWendig @m_older @kingshotpress @chuckpalahniuk @L…
RT @HeerJeet: This is far and away the smartest & most honest conservative response to the 1619 project. I hope we see more like this. http…
RT @RSI: "This means that Democrat-appointees Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor are often splitting from one another." https://www.theweek.com/articles/854244/why-politics-shallowest-way-interpret-supreme-court…
I thought it was hilarious anyone didn’t find this obvious from the description of the premise. Persecution complex is a hell of a drug. https://twitter.com/jess_mc/status/1163814995261394944
RT @alexstamos: Hey @HawleyMO, the Russian troll farms also hate CDA 230, which gives platforms immunity to take down their misleading cont…
“Removing monuments honoring Confederate leaders is erasing our history!” Well, as a history buff you’ll want to read this fascinating New York Times package exploring... “Why must you be so divisive?”
RT @Micaheadowcroft: This is the most doublespeakish Starship Troopers looking thing I've seen all cycle. https://twitter.com/marwilliamson/status/1163569986738298881
Slightly dismayed to realize an article I wrote about this for TAP is now 12 years old. https://prospect.org/article/revolt-comic-books https://twitter.com/mattpetersen80/status/1163644477430542336
RT @ddale8: In style and substance, Trump's "report just out" tweet about Google supposedly manipulating votes was similar to his "just fou…
RT @crampell: Per Trump, the official economic data were fake then real and now fake again https://wapo.st/2z7F0PJ?tid=ss_tw
RT @ddale8: @normative I wrote a full piece that laid out issues with the study. Just wanted to tweet something after interviewing the aut…
I mean, the deeper problem is that said study is hilarious trash, to the point where focus on nitpicky clarifications gives the whole thing undeserved credence. https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1163540952729960450
RT @M_feeney: A former Google employee is using Youtube's use of "restricted mode" as evidence of anti-conservative bias. He fails to menti…
RT @AlexNowrasteh: Commas! https://twitter.com/politico/status/1163476975048114178
RT @astepanovich: This isn’t rule hacking, it’s rule following to the extent any super-competitive board game player would be proud of. Sto…
RT @ClareAngelyn: 1/ For anyone curious abt how #FaceRecognition projects can go off the rails if unregulated & secret, read this: https://…
To clarify: I think the mistake is thinking about the macro problem by analogy to personal misconduct, not anything specificially to do with the theology of “sin”. Secular folks who feel personally guilty about their privilege are making a version of the same mistake.
This is actually a really useful comment though. Because it’s clearly a category error once you make it explicit, but I think these are the terms in which a lot of people (not just on the right) tacitly & unhelpfully think about this stuff.
Just spitballing, but maybe the problem here is that “sin” is a completely irrelevant and inappropriate framework for thinking about structural racism. The country is not a person that did a bad thing & needs to be forgiven. https://twitter.com/ewerickson/status/1163647086702858245
RT @SethAbramson: *Any* so-called "feud" between Trump and his longtime friend Thomas Barrack is ultimately about insulating Trump from wha…
RT @evacide: Bounty hunter social engineered location data out of cell phone companies by claiming to be the Colorado Public Safety Taskfor…
RT @conorduffy_7: This is excellent, by @M_feeney. The sort of libertarianism I'm happy to associate with. | Why 1619 Matters in 2019 http…
RT @astepanovich: This past year I've been thinking a bit about privacy, surveillance, and trust in the growth of voice tech. Here are some…
I could do that in an afternoon. https://twitter.com/lnvict/status/1163298332816683008
RT @privsecforum: Data breaches increased 54% in 2019 so far - More than 3,800 data breaches have hit organizations in 2019 #infosec https:…
RT @cobrown: "Do you want to know what *is* currency manipulation? The president of the United States imploring the Federal Reserve chairma…
RT @MikeOngstad: @normative He seems to be referencing recent Senate testimony by a psychologist named Robert Epstein, who also recently pu…
The folks who find it valuable & insightful should realize it’s chanelling a very specific movement in academic historiography, a lot of whose core claims have been subject to pretty devestating criticism by the rest of the discipline, and check out some of that for context.
 
The thing is a lot of the criticism of NHC is not really relevant to what’s in this package ... it doesn’t hinge on the particulars of the dispute about the role of improved cotton seeds etc
 
 
 
 
 
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