I’ve long maintained the idea that Fox News is a poor excuse for a news agency. That at times seems to lack self-awareness, or if it is self-aware decides to shamelessly exploit the fears of its viewers.
It tries to bill itself outside the mainstream, but historically, has been the most watched news agency in the country. Which of course makes it anything but.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about the Socratic Method, and my inability at times to use it. Mainly, I sometimes struggle to articulate a point, and if I do I act as a bulldozer hitting people over the head with facts, figures, and a total lack of empathy for someone else’s position.
This got me thinking about an article. How about instead of me just callously saying Fox News is #FakeNews, or belittle the people who watch it, I figure out why I think those things.
I want to examine my own feelings about the network, and find out of if I’m justified in my beliefs . Can I apply the Socratic Method to determine whether Fox News is actually as bad as I believe it is?
Somehow President Donald Trump seems to be knocking it out of the park in regards to North Korea. I have to admit, I was a bit terrified a few months ago when our president was calling Kim Jong-un a little rocket man.
I wasn’t old enough to remember when Kim Il-sung was alive, so I can’t speak to his own sanity, but the two leaders after Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un have always seemed terrifying.
Let’s not pretend that the nomination of Oliver North as president of the NRA was a good idea. It is anything but that, and as an organization there is only one reason why they would have hired this guy. To troll liberals.
Despite anything he might have done that was noble in the past, his history will forever be tainted by the role he played in the Iran-Contra Affair. A true life conspiracy committed by the U.S. government that is well documented to be true.
The NRA as an organization at times tries to portray itself as apolitical, merely representing the rights of the people who enjoy firearms. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, but as history would show, and if you follow the money they are anything but . Continue reading “Bad Idea: Oliver North Named President of NRA”→
[Warning] Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War
It is so strange to me that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. I am 30-years-old, meaning my age was somewhere around 20 or 21 when Iron Man came out.
I am surprised the movies have made it as far as they did. When Iron Man came out, there had already been a string of disastrous superhero films, most of which were based off of Marvel properties.
With the exception of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. Most of these movies were pretty crappy. Some were delightfully so, in particular the Ghost Rider franchise. But most were painful.
Somehow Marvel made what looked to be just a passing fad in cinema into something more. Now, a gajillion dollars later, Marvel stands as the most powerful force in film making. Continue reading “Thanos: Not Deep Enough”→
This article includes spoilers for The Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel Studios has been on point the last year or so with their films. Most of the ones that have come out also rank right up there as some of my favorites.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Spider-man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and now Avenger’s Infinity War.
These movie’s easily make it into my top 10 list for the Marvel films. Most of which come in somewhere near the top five. I still have a special place though for Captain America: Winter Soldier, although after an epic year and a half of Marvel movies, it will be tough to rank Winter Soldier, and may require a re-viewing.
Today I am reading about Mark Zuckerberg and his current legal troubles. To summarize, he is testifying in front of Congress about information that was obtained from user profiles by a company called Cambridge Analytica.
Reading through The Washington Posts article on the matter makes the whole thing sound farcical. Perhaps, I don’t understand the full extent of what he is being accused of, but it would appear Zuckerberg is being burned at the stake for Donald Trump being elected president. Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg: Hung Out to Dry”→
The other day I was speaking to my brother on the phone about “Ready Player One.” I haven’t seen the movie yet, but he and I have read the book. I read the book a number of years ago, first seeing the paperback in an airport.
I snapped a picture of the book with my Blackberry, myself and Obama being the last people to own one of these amazing devices, and later buying it from a bookstore in Flint. I remember reading the book in a pretty short period of time.
At the time the book was blowing my mind, it was entertaining, and things like the Oculus Rift were still being developed. I was aware of the technology, and to me Ernest Cline really was touching on what I still think might become our future – minus one dead billionaire and a treasure hunt. Continue reading “Looking Forward to ‘Ready Player One’”→