Between Meghan's elevation to Duchess of Sussex and yet another disturbed young man massacring his schoolmates in the US, it seems almost churlish to keep harping on the pell-mell digitization of our lives. But it is an issue that keeps coming up. I'm talking about a culture that no longer understands itself because the forces … Continue reading Smart cities & dumb fucks.2
Until this last week, it was considered ‘unhelpful’ to label Trump as a fascist. All manner of serious, liberal thinkers said so. It reminded me of the Bush era, when very similar debates were raging. Was Bush actually a fascist, or just a cowboy riding his imaginary Trigger? We never got to decide; the debate … Continue reading Fascism has come home
Once upon a time way back during the nineties in another century, when Mark Zuckerberg was just a young buck, he characterized people who handed over all their personal information to his then brand new site 'The Facebook', as 'dumb fucks'. Fast forward to 2018 when he demonstrated his ability to suss out what's required … Continue reading Anecdotage: Dumb Fucks R Us
Sharon Butala, one of Canada's better-known authors, recently published an article in The Walrus in which she laments widespread ageism and demands better treatment for her sixty-something person and well, RESPECT. As for me, one of Canada's least-known authors and a good decade older than Ms Butala, I would like to make some random, old lady … Continue reading Anecdotage: Disrespect for all
“I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated.” If you wanted to signal just how much you hate the position you're taking, put it into a sentence with double negatives. Message delivered, Zuck, old boy. Anyone with your kind of money is now in the 'old boy's club', in case you were wondering. It took a … Continue reading The double negative effect
During these unsettled days of the #MeToo saga that continues the ominous roll call of men found to be just as bad as we suspected, it's a huge relief to chance upon stories that show that there are other men out there. Sweet, funny guys like Tim, a twenty-something Brit, who ventured into the alien … Continue reading Leggings, my fair lady, & laughter
How wonderful it is, women owning their power, speaking up, with #MeToo, #Time'sUp and #Nobody'sDoll. This last one is a brave attempt to liberate women on the red carpet from the stiletto heels and plunging necklines that, according to Anna Brueggemann, the creator of #Nobody'sDoll, constitute a kind of straitjacket. She is making a good case … Continue reading Is the patriarchy ending?