Author Archives: Poster

How Many Would Attend Your Funeral?

Although the questions sounds like one of so-many Facebook games, it came to me with an unwanted heaviness, crushing my lungs beneath its weight. Life is not about accumulating admirers, friends, relationships to put in the trophy case on our … Continue reading

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The Underside of Technology

Although I have written before on the deleterious effect of hype (here, here, and here), I didn’t have an insider’s view of it. Nasim does, and he blows the whole machine up from the inside out. Read the whole thing. … Continue reading

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Social Media is the New Popularity

Now I see. The games played in junior high school and high school to be popular have their digital equivalents in social media. Remember the popular people, who were liked by so many? They are the ones with the most … Continue reading

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The Odd and the Unknown

Lately, I have been researching mermaids. As with anything out-of-the-norm, there are volumes of bunkum, ranging from taxidermy specialists to flim-flam artists, people faking the past, and on and on. However, there are still corners and edges of existence that … Continue reading

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The Irrelevance of Network Television

I was talking with my wife’s father one night, and he expressed disgust that network television was (in my words) “blackscaping” — that is, creating shows that are by, for, and about blacks. This was not a new phenomenon to … Continue reading

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The World Does Not Need You

Whenever I read something like this, all I can say is that the world does not need you. If you have lived your whole life without being aware of the rest of the world around you, so focused on your … Continue reading

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A Representative Republic is a Moral Test

Every so often someone will argue for direct democracy, as though there was wisdom in crowds. I will tell them that voting on a representative is a moral test of the populace. It is also a test of willpower and … Continue reading

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