If we’re safer because police are better than they used to be at policing, why do we need more police, more laws, more surveillance, more secrecy, and more technology meant to control us?Read More The DeX Files 05/24/2018: News & Notes On Amazonian Surveillance
Cultural surplus has replaced cultural scarcity. In doing so, it’s also changed the calculus of how we define our inner lives. The shelf space I once devoted to books, magazines, CDs, records, DVDs, and comics is now disk space housing commodified memories. They’re always already at the click of a mouse, reminders that the death of stuff is the death of things we could throw away.Read More The Death Of Stuff
Comicsgate is as much about comics fans as it is about comics as a medium and an industry.Read More Another Gate For Geeks
The black conservative agenda is a product. Black conservatives sell it by seeing the world through the eyes of predominantly white consumers and patrons. In that world racism is a bug, not a feature of American modernity.Read More There’s A Policeman In My Head And He Must Be Shelby Steele (On Black Conservatives)
Wondering where the dead kids are now is wondering where pain goes when you lock it away in a box.Read More Light Inside Their Eyes (What Stars Knows About What The Dead Know)
In a liberal democracy speech is not a public good. Neither is it a private good subject to market forces.Read More The High Cost Of Free Speech In A Postmodern Age
Because there are so few black billionaires, we need the first ever to be an honest broker who can decipher what upticks in economic stats mean for black people.Read More Do Black People Need Black Billionaires?
We think there’s a political and a military solution in Syria while we dither about the political and occasionally unleash the military. But for Assad and his coalition a military solution is the political solution.Read More Skin Or No Skin In A Game Called Syria
Trump is banking on weapons production and sales as a revenue stream (and a source of manufacturing jobs) for the U.S. Likewise, Russia needs new cash flows to offset low oil prices and the effects of Western sanctions.Read More What Arms Race?
“The new focus started on June 30, when FoxNews.com published an article on “the apparently increasing frequency of female teachers having sex with their young male students.””Read More Don’t Stand So Close To Her