Facebook and proto-fascism: Modi meets Zuckerberg

This is how the NYT headlined its piece yesterday on Modi’s pilgrimage to Silicon Valley: Note how the headline presumes to have telepathic knowledge of Modi’s intentions. His goals are assumed to be humanitarian: he seeks to ease his nation’s poverty. Of course we could just as easily suppose his goal is to enhance the fortunes…

Politically Correct Messiness: Seinfeld and the Backlash

The corporate web media inhabit a different ecological niche than the staid old print and television formats. Their editorial lines are different, and often more progressive. And more tabloid. The comments of Jerry Seinfeld attacking PC culture provided a solid week of backlash fodder for the internet. It was an odd reaction. Nothing about Seinfeld’s comments…

The Left’s Terrible Fear of Biology

The left has a terrible fear of biology. While bemoaning the execrable oped by Elinor Burkett in the New York Times, the academia-influenced left can’t even muster the clarity to affirm Caitlyn Jenner’s assertion that “My brain is much more female than it is male.” Why on earth the reluctance to acknowledge a very substantial…

The Vietnam memorial that wasn’t built

Marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War (or the American War as the Vietnamese call it), NPR just ran a story on the origins of the memorial in Washington. Veteran Jan Scruggs was the driving force behind the memorial: “I had a theory that we could put all the names on the…

Shutting down Creech

A small army of pilots operate the drones flying over Afghanistan and Iraq, acting as Uncle Sam’s eyes in the sky, and the Hellfire-armed drones firing missiles at people on the ground in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, Syria, and Iraq. Just in late January, in one case we happen to know something about, a 13-year-old…

The Internet and Left Culture

The blogger Freddie deBoer has been publishing some valuable critiques of left cultural dead-ends, including his latest. Much of what he comments on is best exemplified on the internet, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and blog sites. In some ways social media promotes conformity, though in more anonymous settings it encourages the opposite, for much the same reason…