it is irritating that "opinionators" seem to only want to opine about foreign policy...somehow it's sexy, or something. domestic policy or critical analysis about american culture is blase. when i read about beinart's title i was hoping for an examination of how america as a society found itself in a situation, as a whole, where "success breeds disaster," which is how he summarizes his argument. instead it is some analytical claptrap about how foreign policy thinkers rationalize their respective courses of action.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
the mainstream media isn't so much liberal in content, as conservatives might claim. rather, the greater threat is the continual pandering to general interest, casual readers with content that focuses on the quirky and irrelevant "human interest" aspects of stories rather than relevant and important facts.
take this piece in the washington post. it discusses the phenomenon of "seat hogs" and how people are becoming irritated by it (bogus trend alert: were they not irritated before?).
the real story it would seem is that "the transit agency would need 320 more rail cars to keep congestion manageable, but the current capital spending plan does not include funds for those." This is buried in paragraphs 19-22, close to the end of the article. isn't this the real story? that Metro ridership is projected to result in "highly congested" or "unmanageable" commutes by 2020?
for the writer and the WaPo, this is all ancillary to the human drama of Metro "seat hogs." instead of writing a series of articles focusing on the lack of foresight, funding, etc. on the part of Metro in planning for the future, and how that will likely negatively impact future ridership, road congestion, etc., the Post decides that it will sell more papers, at the cost of the greater good, but writing about this type of ephemera.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
why does the daily show consistently bring more to bear to our discourse than other media outlets?
Friday, December 4, 2009
it is nice when companies actually take affirmative steps to aid privacy protection and respond to user requests.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
despite the "stop snitching" movement starting in Baltimore, the most popular player for the Ravens, and arguably the player with the most street credibility, is currently still playing in the NFL because he snitched on two friends to avoid a murder trial.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
article on ny mag sex diaries. interesting to read. a lot of experiences are very distinctly new york. others more universal. some are hoping for love and a bit inspiring, struggling through similar struggles, seemingly out of place in Gen Y, sexy and interesting and taking post-feminism in an appropriate direction, taking it maybe a bit too far, and one who is almost beyond description, a quintessential spoiled, upper-class, entitled brat rich kid living in NYC.
and one that i think i'm in love with.
Posted by looj at 12:15 PM