Ted Cruz and most Republicans have devolved into a spiral of increasingly unaware self-parody.
The long bunny photo is nightmare fuel.
Very tempting to suggest Democrats should give Kevin McCarthy & Co. exactly what they want and reopen the House, letting Republicans who have avoided vaccination suffer the consequences of their choice.
Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin delivered a very fun interview of WandaVision director Matt Shakman on their podcast.
I highly recommend both WandaVision (and the interview). Maybe it’s the pandemic, but WandaVision which started a little slow, built into the emotional catharsis I needed rn.
There’s a new St Vincent album coming out soon, Daddy’s Home, and the first track sounds great and looks like something from before MTV (video linked above). Annie Clark explains her work:
I would say it’s the sound of being down and out Downtown in New York, 1973. Glamour that hasn’t slept for three days…. I just want things that are fluid and wiggly and I want this music to look like a Cassavetes film’. I wanted it to be warm tones and not really distorted, to tell these stories of flawed people being flawed and doing the best they can. Which is kind of what my life is.
Very much looking forward to the rest.
Hello, world redux.
Ben Smith has an article at The New York Times reflecting on his time at previous employer BuzzFeed working with someone who would become one of the January 6th insurrectionists.
He quotes his former BuzzFeed colleague Andrew Gauthier, who recently worked on the Biden campaign:
You always think that evil is going to come from movie villain evil, and then you’re like — oh no, evil can just start with bad jokes and nihilistic behavior that is fueled by positive reinforcement on various platforms.
The reporting on the insurrection has been a lot to digest, but contingency joins the center stage. Design choices made by social media platforms matter because contingency at scale isn’t so unknowable, instead it leads to a certainty of population level outcomes if not any individual’s destiny. Responsibility can be assigned. Fights over platform moderation and algorithms can’t devolve into technical or esoteric legal arguments driven by the platform owners. The consequences are too great.
Twitter is like a gun held to your head that doubles as a microphone to your public.
– Jay Rosen, NYU journalism professor
Oliver Morrison for PublicSource:
While the national media has pointed to voters in Philadelphia or Pennsylvania’s small population centers, Allegheny County was crucial in putting Biden over the top.
Detailed analysis of 2020 presidential voting in and around Pittsburgh with lots of maps.
Luna delivers a masterful cover of Television with an exquisite music video.