30 November, 2016

The Digest—Wednesday, 30 November, 2016

[The Digest is a collection of articles, videos, and other media I've viewed and found significant throughout the day. It is a way to divest myself from other social media that is more reliant on likes, click-bait, and peer-approval rather than quality, intelligence, and diversity of opinion, which are the qualities I find important. It is also a way to devote myself to daily contributions to this space...at least in theory.]

-=Summary: The devils of PC culture; corporate right-wing activism, best of 2016 Scifi/fantasy, The Doors, and crisis management=-


Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy
Moira Weigel from Th Guardian

This is some great history and perspective that helps explain the disastrous result on discourse done by accusations of "politically correct!" It shuts down the conversation while simultaneously claiming oppression of truth by "elitist" agendas. Run awaaaaaaayyyy!

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don't know the half of it
George Monbiot from The Guardian

The lie of rightwing "grassroots" and the conglomerate stooges surrounding our Asshole-in-Chief. 

The best SF and fantasy books of 2016
Adam Roberts from The Guardian

I haven't read any of these yet, but now I really want to. I learned more about the movie/story for Arrival from the tiny blurb in this than in any of its trailers, and a linguist protagonist sounds awesome. I tend to go through phases with literature, and I'm still embedded in my Shirley Jackson phase. Scifi will have to wait. 


The Doors (1991)
via Netflix

I haven't seen this film in ages, and this time around, the portrayal of Morrison struck me as the selfish antics of an emotional cripple rather than the eccentricities and bombast of an artistic genius. I was a teenager just starting to listen to The Doors when the film came out, which probably helps comprehend the difference. Teenagers are also selfish, emotional cripples who like to think of themselves as both individual and genius, and I was certainly no exception. It's weird seeing Meg Ryan as such a character. It's great seeing Kyle MacLachlan in anything. 


James, R. K., & Gilliland, B. E. (2017). Crisis intervention strategies (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
via Kindle

This is one of my textbooks. I cite it in format because that's how I must always list it as a reference. The first chapter mentioned Eve eating the Apple in the Garden of Eden as the beginning of crisis management (James & Gilliland, 2017). I thought—are you freakin' kidding me? Then it mentioned something about needing a spiritual well to be a good crisis worker (2017). I thought—sigh

Otherwise, it's very interesting. 

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