Specializing in Generalities?

Yeah, so, like the other day something popped up on the screen that got us thinking about things in a different sort of way. It was one of those really clever memes that we aspire to, but somehow despite our best efforts, can never quite replicate. The content of the message isn’t the important part, though, since it quickly faded from view down the relentless feed of the timeline. What it got us wondering was even more basic: why do some things catch on while others go unnoticed? There must be a general principle involved here, right? It’s not totally random, is it? Continue reading “Specializing in Generalities?”

Get Your Unicorn On!

Unicorns seem to be all the rage these days. Well, perhaps rage isn’t quite the right word, since the resurgence of interest seems to be as much about peace and positive visions than anything else. It’s interesting to see the wide range of ways the concept and image of the unicorn has been applied lately — from the in-your-face independent journalism of Unicorn Riot to the rolling-in-the-dough success of billion-dollar companies on Fortune’s Unicorn List. When we want to praise someone for their uniqueness, we might call them a unicorn; when we want to dismiss them as being unrealistic, we might do the same. This is a paradox as old as the myth itself. Continue reading “Get Your Unicorn On!”

Locker Room Talk

Seriously, we really do love Bigly Brother! After all, how else could dystopia be this much *fun*? You just can’t make this stuff up, and even if you did no one would believe you anyway. It’s important to remember the lessons of history — and, most importantly, that history is what they say it is. Like the man said back in the day: “Who controls the past controls the future … who controls the present controls the past.” C’mon, would we lie to you? Science is bunk, math is dumb, and facts are irrelevant. BELIEVE ME . . . Continue reading “Locker Room Talk”

BIGLY BROTHER Is Trolling You

The end of history always seemed as if it would be a drab and desperate affair, but alas it comes with more free media coverage and bigger profits than anticipated. People had been expecting it for so long — quite nearly living through it for decades, in reality — that when it finally arrived in full-on view it’s been met with more of a shrug than a shudder in some circles. In fact, the policy analyst Francis Fukuyama already announced the “end of history” back in the halcyon days of the 1980s, noting that it “will be a very sad time [since] there will be neither art nor philosophy [and the] prospect of centuries of boredom.” Continue reading “BIGLY BROTHER Is Trolling You”