the revolution will be televised to death

I wrote about Mr. Robot when it came out. Today I watched the first episode of season 3. The show functions as very slick propaganda. It accomplishes the system’s psy-op goals just as much as the alt-right. Probably more effectively, since it’s targeted at people who understand what it’s about, the ones who can empathize…

frontline bureaucrats are often portrayed as unthinking automata, yet they are in fact vested with a substantial margin of discretion

The Atlantic just published a curious article about dehumanizing social service bureaucracies. A few days earlier, they published this interview. The interview is with a Harvard researcher who made the groundbreaking discovery that treating everyone with dignity is important. This is actually new information for the academics and the intended audience of The Atlantic. You…

are autistic people better listeners?

Read this passage, then think about autism and eye contact. If you want to know how someone is feeling, it might be better to close your eyes and use your ears: People tend to read others’ emotions more accurately when they listen and don’t look, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “Social…

epic trump presidency recap

LOLWTF “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted at 8:02 a.m. A few minutes later, he fired off this gem: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is…

there is no modern romance

Good article by someone who understands the point of marriage: So don’t let anyone tell you that marriage is comfortable and comforting but not romantic. Don’t let anyone tell you that living and dying together is some sad dance of codependent resignation. Our dumb culture tricks us into believing that romance is the suspense of…

lisa feldman barrett and autism

Since I’m interested in both neuroscience and critical theory, I was excited to hear about Lisa Feldman Barrett’s How Emotions are Made. The implications go against two major themes in the autism literature. First, if emotions are socially constructed, and the evidence for universal human emotions is fatally flawed, can Simon Baron-Cohen please shut the…