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I always think about this article from 2018 when "cancel culture" comes up. This article came up again yesterday because the author of this was fired/let go/not given further work or whatever you want to call it from The Guardian for making a pretty mild joke about US financing of Israel on twitterA lot of good insights but this stood out to me about the "woke mob"
I recently pointed out the irony that the supposedly suppressed anti-“political correctness” position is represented at length in numerous books, op-eds, YouTube shows, and TV interviews. But it’s worth noting the other half of this: The social justice position itself is often presented to the public through the voices of its critics rather than its adherents. It’s downright peculiar: When Jordan Peterson talks about “postmodern Marxists” we don’t really hear who they are (other than Adorno, who is dead). When David Brooks or Scott Alexander have written about the silly ideas of racial justice progressives, they have done it by imagining what the activists would say, or paraphrasing. Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now strongly criticizes “social justice warriors” for their notions, but while he explains their beliefs he doesn’t really tell us who in particular he’s talking about.
The “SJWs” often come across as an amorphous, irrational, angry blob, which is undoubtedly how many of their critics see them. For the most part, they don’t seem to have names. I guess there’s Linda Sarsour; I’m told she’s one of them. But I don’t actually hear much from her, even though I can watch a video telling me why she’s a “complete idiot and a vile disgrace” (600,000 views!) or watch Dave Rubin interview someone who is not Linda Sarsour about how terrible Linda Sarsour is. This is strange, not because people who fit the conservative caricature of leftists don’t exist (they do; I’ve met one or two), or because the “anti-free speech” and “irrational” currents of progressivism are a fabrication (I’ve written about them), but because the right’s narrative is that the leftists are the ones who control the culture. If that were true, I would imagine I’d hear Colin Kaepernick talking all the time. But I’m not even sure I even know what Colin Kaepernick’s voice sounds like. Again, though, I could watch multiple interviews in which Dave Rubin talks to people about Colin Kaepernick.
Started watching Warrior and I was not prepared for how similar this is to Banshee. I knew it was the same show runner but the way the show looks, the tone, the types of characters, basically everything identifiable about Banshee is the same. So far it's really good and I wish there was more DGAF intentionally trashy TV like this. It's like a CW show without any restrictions on it.
The thing that made GoT stand out so much was the world building, that it felt like there was this whole continent with such a rich and interesting history that there are people who are basically scholars on this fictional place. Not everything needs to be like this, but the world was exceptionally well thought out and (almost) every detail was accounted for in some way with a million other details you would never even think about and weren't relevant at all to the main plot. That plus the awesome setup and the great early to middle parts of the story, to betray all that with the ending we got on the show was just bananas. They should have just went straight chalk and did the couple of things people had been waiting for since the 90s like Jon killing the Night King, Arya killing Cersei, etc. People would have still been mad about not having their minds blown but at least you could rewatch the series without feeling like all that setup was pointless
asmallcat said:I have a question for anyone who's played either of the 2 newest AC games (greek and viking?) - did Ubisoft ever learn that the modern day sections are the FUCKING WORST? They are SO boring. Do they still include these?They're there but it's so in the background it barely registers, to the point where a lot of the fans of the old games are pissed there's so little of it. There are still scenes you wake up from the animus and walk around and they have some notes and random shit you can read, but I always just immediately walked back into the animus. The DLC for Odyssey went pretty heavy on the modern day story but it does a much better job of connecting the two timelines in a meaningful way and they get so weird with it that it works. You end up playing a character who's in the animus as another character who's in another animus-like experience as a Greek god (who were actually aliens) and you run around through Elysium and Atlantis.
asmallcat said:I also can't believe I forgot to mention Root! It's a brutal asymmetric wargame disguised as a cute woodland adventure! It's also free on Tabletop Sim, although it's a game I really think people need to play in person because the components are just amazing. It was the last game I bought before the pandemic, got to play with my game group 3-4 times before we shut down, and 2 of the people I played with went out and bought their own copies after playing my copy.
We're actually playing this for the first time tomorrow. It was on sale for a couple bucks during the winter Steam sale last year