Imagine this: nearly a full year into a once-in-a-century pandemic, with daily fatalities rivaling 9/11, healthcare workers are so beat down by a toxic combination of misinformation and critical communication failure that 29% are refusing to get vaccinated (healthcare workers!). The American death toll is second only to the American Civil War, but is vastly … Continue reading The Fault in Our SARS-CoV-2
Please stop recommending me amateur critique of historical costume in period drama I’m begging you YouTube
According to the YouTube algorithm, there are two types of women. If you’re normal, you’ll be greeted with beauty influencers, make up artists, and skincare hobbyists when you visit the front page. But if YouTube identifies you as a not-like-other-girls girl then there is only one other thing you could possibly be interested in: historical costume enthusiasts reviewing the historical accuracy of the outfits in period drama.
The military in the time of coronavirus has put strip-mall recruiting centers on the back burner. With handshakes now the equivalent to launching plague corpses over the city walls, virtual recruiting is taking over the task of enlistment. But this recent shift does not send the Pentagon into uncharted territory. Rather, it vindicates the US Military’s decades-long … Continue reading Now You Do What They Told Ya @ Fellow Travelers
Sometimes pop music is cheesy fun. Sometimes it’s a meditation on our impending doom. Sometimes it’s both. In my most incoherent blog yet (I’m trying my best here), I will try to explain why denpa music and hyperpop are optimistic in content, pessimistic in theme, and, well, perfect for any playlist during an economic crash. … Continue reading Brainwaves on the airwaves: hyperpop, denpa-kei, and the music of societal collapse💕
A few nights ago, a Navy Esports Twitch mod (a phrase unthinkable in 2018) confirmed some inevitable news: the Marine Corps and Air Force are working on their esports teams. With the publicity being directed at the Army’s flirtation with First Amendment violations, the rest of the US Armed Forces have been building up their … Continue reading Hard Corps Gaming
Parents beware: U.S. military recruiters are coming to a game console near you. Read it over at Responsible Statecraft.
If influencers trade in a currency, it’s relatability. The scheme that makes influencers profitable and popular is one that demands their fans covet the very products they peddle. Like any advertising, the viewer needs to be able to envision themselves as a person who does deserve to wear (and can afford to wear) that Reformation … Continue reading Notes on the impending influencer relatability crisis
Gil Scott-Heron could not predict what is happening in public squares right now. Police brutality is not new, but the scale of information flooding our livestreams, our Twitter feeds, our group chats, is echelons greater than we’ve seen before in the US. If you’re on Twitter, you’re probably seeing a lot of things all of … Continue reading The revolution will be posted
There are three women in my life with whom I am in love. The first is my friend Rebecca. We had a feminist theory class together, we interned together at some political consulting firm, we are “close friends” on Instagram (a true mark of feminine friendship). She might be reading this, since she follows me … Continue reading Alison Roman, Aspirational
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