Friday, April 28, 2017

Michelle Obama’s embrace of America is exactly what we needed

...Now let’s get back to it. By Andrew J. Pridgen This campaign season has been one of the most debilitating, disheartening and grotesque in American history. Some of the unrest and rhetoric has bubbled into violence. There is a feeling — a very clear and present and palpable danger — that things are about to get really, really bad really, really fast...

Republican Convention: Actual overheards from the RNC floor

...As transcribed from actual sentence fragments. By Andrew J. Pridgen “Everyone gather on the floor at approximately 6:45 p.m. we’re going to stage the largest type 2 diabetes flash mob in history!” “When Larry the Cable Guy is Secretary of State there’s NO WAY another Benghazi is going to happen...especially with that giant slingshot of his.” “Not sure what’s next on the agenda...but...

Republican Convention: When hatred trumps humanity

It is no coincidence that Cleveland is about to erupt in violence. There is a single party, a single man to blame. By Andrew J. Pridgen There will be blood spilled in the streets of Cleveland. The host city for the Republican Convention this week is not abuzz with possibility or promise, it is a heavily armed paramilitary police state. Protesters,...

Growing up a racist — and trying to do something about it

Growing up white in the post Civil Rights era pushed racists into the closet. And they have done a good job — until now — hiding their true colors. By Andrew J. Pridgen My name is Andrew Pridgen, and I am one racist-ass motherfucker. Hard to believe, right? A white kid from Marin County who grew up with every access and advantage known...

Your hateful, misinformed memes have TOTALLY changed my mind

Holy shit. What have I been thinking? By Andrew J. Pridgen There I was, going along, trying to do right by my family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. Trying to make sense of what this country is going to look like in a decade not only in the context of where we are now in the complex age of globalization and ever-shrinking...

#antigunmemes

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent this week V-8 slapping yourself in the face as the biggest collective of asshats from your high school/former job/whoever the fuck that is and how do I even know anyone from South Carolina(?) who have somehow taken over your feed posting about the Constitution and prayer and mental illness and guns and...

There is a traitor among the GOP’s ranks and he’s about to become the party’s spokesman

Media orgs are starting to drop the RNC because of its presumptive candidate. The House Speaker admonishes him...but when is someone going to bring up the (dead) elephant in the room? By Andrew J. Pridgen BuzzFeed took a break from posting pictures of hipster food and stubborn cats and assigning astronomical fake values to Disney VHS cassettes to dump the Republican...

Trump’s rise simply a manifestation of America’s internet porn addiction

Tenuous connection? Not in the land of the disconnected. By Andrew J. Pridgen Trump ran for president before. In 2000, his sideshow reached epochal lows when, as the Reform Party candidate, he was pilloried by commentator Pat Buchanan for his lack of substance and abundance of hubris. Trump, in turn, swiped back generally referring to Buchanan as a "Hitler-lover." The cult...

How the chase for clicks and analytics-based reporting may simultaneously kill the media and elect Trump

Finding our way back to a Dark Ages of information one click at a time. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the old media Dark Ages, only the office flu went viral. Articles were shared by passing them across the breakfast table. And liking something meant, you actually liked it—not that you felt you needed to in order to placate someone looking...

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