Category Archives: Ethics

Problematic entertainment, part two

Carrying on from the specific-show discussion in part one. In this segment, I’ll explain why I keep watching the problematic stuff I do, while I also ditch stuff that’s theoretically less problematic.

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Problematic entertainment: Game of Thrones edition

Warning: The below piece includes discussion of sexual assault, as well as spoilers for the current seasons of Vikings and Game of Thrones, and mild spoilers for GoT’s source books. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and saw last night’s … Continue reading

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Emotion is logical: Or, Vulcans aren’t actually very smart

First of all: Hi! Long time, no blog. Aside from posts on my parenting blog and the occasional burst of Twitter rants, my kid hasn’t given me much time to think, much less write, about much else. However, the dear … Continue reading

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Indie author, whatever that means

Contrary to something I posted just last summer, I decided to skip the sturm und drang of finding an agent and/or traditional publisher and go indie for my first two books. Now that it’s done? I couldn’t be happier. I … Continue reading

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Outsourcing

Trying today to keep up with a rather deep political discussion elsewhere while also minding my kid and doing everything else that needs doing has made me realize: there just aren’t enough hours in the day/spoons in my drawer for me … Continue reading

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Boston

Not enough time at the moment to write a lot about this, but a couple of points: 1. There’s a certain painful humor in watching racists falling all over themselves to blame the people they think of as enemies. The … Continue reading

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Identity: politics

Finally climbing down off of six weeks on plague mountain, and can think a little again, so I may be posting here a bit more in the near future. Woop! Getting the gears spinning today: some thoughts on identity, and how it shapes … Continue reading

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Guns, stubbornness and broken people

I haven’t cried about Sandy Hook. I’ve felt almost nothing, actually. I worry when I hear of one of these things happening close to people I know, but even then, I tend to shrug it off quickly once I know … Continue reading

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Essentialism follies: class edition

Am currently embroiled in a bit of a debate elsewhere about declining standards in language education being a bellwether for declining education in general (and the subsequent serious social ills that come along with that.) As usual, I’m getting blowback … Continue reading

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Casting a wider net

Crossposting this from my Tumblr response to a great post on acting and race by the brilliant Jasika Nicole, which itself is a follow on a post from Racebending.com. (Background: actor Jim Sturgess Tweeted something childish related to his “yellowface” character in … Continue reading

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