[P]art of the goal: restoring Russia as a leader of world opinion after the reputational damage it suffered in Ukraine, muscling in as a power broker that needs to be consulted in important crises far from its borders and sphere of influence […] But even members of the reliably shrill pro-Kremlin chorus seem to admit that nobody but Russia likes this configuration — and that Russia, like Pushkov said, doesn’t really need this at all.
[P]ersonalized delivery of modern media has provoked criticism of ideological journalism. Media watchdog groups like FAIR, Media Matters, or Accuracy in Media – themselves staking out ideological positions – were formed to confront misleading and counterfactual claims by biased news organizations. However, the standard plea for an ideologically objective journalism is fundamentally and absolutely flawed […] Feigned neutrality fundamentally misconstrues the purpose of journalism: journalism is a form of activism.
In business and sports and those annoying moments when your buddy takes the skee ball tickets too seriously you get some guy telling you “it’s time to go to WAR!” and probably fist pumping and it’s very exciting and then it’s over and it was not in fact actually war it was probably just a ploy to get people to pay for the overpriced wings and down a couple pitchers of light beer and you remember you don’t see enough of your nephews and really ought to spend more time outside or just get to bed earlier and really you don’t even know why you keep getting talked into this. Jeesh. But the WAR part comes up all the goddamn time and it comes up a lot as a metaphor in politics which is a great way to get people fired up and quite frankly is absolutely wrong and you need to stop doing that.
That’s the convenient thing about war. When a war is over you can take everyone who was a problem and isn’t on your side and put them up against a wall and shoot them. That’s why we call it war.
In politics even when you win the other side is still going to be there. Continue reading
In 2001, the Bouncing Souls, a punk band from New Jersey you may or may not have heard of, put out their 5th studio album How I Spent My Summer Vacation. One of the hit tracks on the album in is number called “True Believers.” The song is a romance ballad about enduring comradery, built around shared belief, as we inevitably age and old friendships fade. The chorus, belted out over that familiar punk-rock chord triad,
We live our life in our own way,
Never really listened to what they say,
The kind of faith that doesn’t fade away
We are the true believers
We are the true believers
couldn’t fail to convince anyone of the benefits of being a True Believer. Continue reading