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July 07, 2015

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JuliaM

SE Smith in the 'Guardian' on why tech isn't the bad guy, it's capitalism: "We’re constantly enmeshed in our devices because we have to be. Most of us work in professions with an unreasonable expectation of employees, believing that we should be available at all times to perform all labour. That’s been facilitated by tech, which makes it easier to contact people, but tech shouldn’t shoulder all the blame. It’s capitalism that took advantage of this opportunity to work it, turning it into something that could be used to control employees and keep them constantly within arm’s reach. "

Note that Royal 'We'. SE Smith's high powered job, always in demand? "SE Smith is a writer who lives and works in northern California, covering social justice issues."

David

SE Smith is a writer who lives and works in northern California, covering social justice issues

Oh dear. The Guardian got it wrong. She’s “s.e. smith,” no capitals. Because of all that radical egalitarianism.

Says she, “My interests lie primarily in the area of social justice and I am especially interested in gender, class, race, disability rights, and the intersections thereof. I also love pop culture critique, analysis, and criticism, particularly with reference to pop culture depictions of gender and disability.”

Imagine the fun at parties.

Glenfilthie

Aaaaaaaaahhhh!

JFC!!! Warn a guy before ya do something like that, Dave!

Oh chit...you can just rock me to sleep tonight...I am never going to a party again...

David

Aaaaaaaaahhhh!

I’m just glad she’s challenging all those unfair stereotypes of social justice warriors being stern-faced scolds with weight issues.

mojo

"Girl, don't you know that shit'll rob you of ambition?"
"Not if your ambition is to get high and watch TV."
-- Jackie Brown

mojo

Nobody in their right mind would hire anybody with a "social justice" type degree. They are obvious walking problems, and who needs it?

So they'll work at whatever they can, waitress, shop girl, perhaps starving or turning to prostitution.

And I shall laugh and laugh. Stupidity SHOULD hurt.

Frank
My interests lie primarily in the area of social justice and I am especially interested in gender, class, race, disability rights, and the intersections thereof. I also love pop culture critique, analysis, and criticism, particularly with reference to pop culture depictions of gender and disability.

The process as described is clearly backwards. More likely someone went in search of some deep book learnin' to make themselves feel less trivial for being suckered by the intrigues of reality television.

She is a looker though, so there is that at least.

Anon

I also love pop culture critique, analysis, and criticism, particularly with reference to pop culture depictions of gender and disability

Subtitle: 'I watch TV. I think I should get paid for watching TV.'

Lancastrian Oik

I also love pop culture critique, analysis, and criticism, particularly with reference to pop culture depictions of gender and disability

Just what the world needs- a Ph.D. thesis on the subject of "Ironside".

WTP

And I shall laugh and laugh. Stupidity SHOULD hurt.

Though in most cases, we're the ones who paid for it...or will pay for it. They get more grist for bitching about how awful life is and what awful people we are and demand that we take care of them. You think they ever really wanted a real job?

David

I also love pop culture critique, analysis, and criticism,

It’s odd how “pop culture critique” has become an imagined qualification, something intended to impress and signify status. As if it were both incredibly rare and terribly difficult, and not just the least demanding avenue for mediocre students.

David

Nobody in their right mind would hire anybody with a “social justice” type degree.

Ms Smith – sorry, smith - describes herself on LinkedIn as a “writer and agitator.” One who “delights in challenging dominant ideas.”

Catnip for employers, that.

Sam Duncan

Ironside contains way too much common sense for the likes of her, Lancastrian. When he's confined to a wheelchair, he refuses to play the victim, and finds a police job he can do. When he catches Mark Sanger about to commit a crime, instead of running him in, he puts him to work. Because he needs an assistant, and Mark clearly needs a work ethic. I remember thinking the last time I saw a rerun that it was all faintly Randian.

There was one episode where a father tries to understand his hippie kids by joining the Haight-Ashbury crowd and dropping out (the show was set in San Francisco, remember). Things do not go well for his wife, and in the end Ironside delivers a lecture on how he, as a father, ought to be setting an example of responsibility because his kids' carefree lifestyle depends on him, as does his wife.

Smith wouldn't like it at all.

Steve 2 - Stevement Day

Does Columbo count as disabled? He has that funny glass eye.

I was fascinated with Columbo when I was a boy. Even as a little lad, I knew to keep lies simple. "The dog ate my homework" seemed plausible. Blaming a mysterious homework-stealing cat burglar was too far-fetched.

But every week on Columbo, grown men like Captain Kirk, Spock, Khan Noonien Singh, Number Six from The Prisoner, or Johnny Friggin Cash himself would kill somebody, and then get drawn into lengthy speculative conversations with the police detective investigating the murder, inevitably tripping over their own cleverness.

I don't think lawyers exist in the Columbo universe, otherwise every episode would've lasted ten minutes and ended with the villain walking free after refusing to incriminate himself.

TomJ

Peter Falk had a glass eye. Colombo probably didn't; I imagine monocularism would be a bar to joining the American police, as it would impair marksmanship. So just as Falk played a detective, his glass eye was playing a real one...

JuliaM

I'm not entirely sure that marksmanship is necessarily a value that American police forces rely on, TomJ...

Steve 2 - Stevement Day

Tom - So just as Falk played a detective, his glass eye was playing a real one

Well, it wasn't terribly convincing.

Just like Gil Gerard as a sort of Lidl's Han Solo wasn't convincing when he sucked in his beer gut.

David

And then of course there’s this: “Barbecue is a form of cultural power and is intensely political.”

Steve 2 - Stevement Day

David - So the White Man stole the Black Man and Red Indian's BBQ. Infamy!

As European Americans acclimated themselves to the custom of forsaking utensils and even plates to eat more like enslaved Africans and Native Americans – from spareribs to corn on the cob – they used their hands in an unprecedented break with Old World formalities.

Yes, I can imagine that caused quite a stir in the 18th century colonial country clubs. Those pioneers, farmers, and indentured servants must've been used to only eating cordon bleu dining off the finest Wedgewood china.

Thanks, Fat Albert!

David

Just like Gil Gerard as a sort of Lidl’s Han Solo wasn’t convincing when he sucked in his beer gut.

He’s practically Shatnernian.

JuliaM

"... Gil Gerard as a sort of Lidl's Han Solo..."

*snorts Pepsi out of nose*

sackcloth and ashes

'Gil Gerard as a sort of Lidl’s Han Solo'.

They had a re-run of 'Buck Rogers' in the late '80s, on BBC2 if I remember correctly. Even by the standards of the 'Star Wars' rip-offs, it was utter pony.

Theophrastus

Essential Conversational Gambits for Parties
(or 7 Things To Say To Liberal-Leftists To Challenge Their Pieties)

1. Do you not wish that there was one dominant culture in Britain, so we all knew where we were?
2. Surely, high levels of taxation and regulation diminish self-reliance and discourage job-creation,while massive increases in public expenditure bring few improvements in services.
3. Countries with substantial private sector contributions to healthcare have superior health provision to the UK with its state monopoly.
4. Prison works and represents excellent value for money.
5. If it is occurring, there is not much that we can do about global warming.
6. Even feminist fashionistas dress to please men, though they refuse to acknowledge it.
7. Islamic migration into the UK should be severely curtailed until there is clear evidence that the Muslims already here are integrating into British society.

All these gambits challenge dominant ideas, but s e smith would probably not appreciate that.

David

I’ll just leave this here while I fetch an ice-cream. And a mandolin.


Jason

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

mojo

"I’ll just leave this here..."

See? In the 25th century, everybody is gay!

DensityDuck

College students are remarkably good at finding ways to live cheap.

It's wishful thinking to suggest that they wouldn't just keep on living that cheaply if you told them they could do it as long as they wanted with no effort required. (Even collecting unemployment benefits requires work to fill out all the forms and go to the right offices at the right times; and despite the best efforts of our intellectual superiors, those from a middle-class upbringing still have some qualms about straight-up lying to claim disability benefits.)

David

It’s wishful thinking to suggest that they wouldn’t just keep on living that cheaply if you told them they could do it as long as they wanted with no effort required.

Yes, the problem of human nature – specifically, opportunistic idleness - cropped up several times in an earlier thread on this.

Chester Draws

6. Even feminist fashionistas dress to please men, though they refuse to acknowledge it.

Women dress to impress other women, not men.

In the case of hardcore feminist types, then it is dressing to show that they are not sucked in by the patriarchy to other wimin.

Men, generally, prefer women with as few clothes as possible. They really, really do not care if they are wearing this season's colour.

champ

When I saw the picture that David linked at the second comment here, I just assumed that is was a random pic of some authentic SJW type, but when I googled s.e.smith, I got this http://www.xojane.com/author/se-smith..so that is the real-deal,OK? To whoever suggested thar women's studies graduates could go into prostitution (among other things, would only work in this case if she lived next do to and worked exclusively on clientele from the Braille Institute..

mojo

You ignore the masochists amongst us.

Joan

the problem of human nature – specifically, opportunistic idleness - cropped up several times in an earlier thread on this.

Torquil Macneil was like Minnow mark I.

David

Torquil Macneil was like Minnow mark I.

As I said at the time, it was like trying to shovel air into a balloon. Though I suppose the dynamic is interesting. For instance, our pointing out obvious practical problems with a Marxoid theory was slyly construed as “cheering” at the woes of the poor and endorsing “slavery”. Hard to know where to start.

Remember, we were poking at a theory being championed by people, including students with joke degrees, who said they want to see work “abolished” or made “optional” (at least for them), and who just don’t want to support themselves, like all those stupid people do, because adult life is scary and hurts their feelings. And so we arrived at a scenario in which self-styled “artists,” “activists” and “anti-capitalists” expected to live in comfort, indefinitely, for decades, all at someone else’s expense. While other, less radical people would have to work harder and longer, and pay even more tax and themselves do without, so that these Marxoid clowns – our self-imagined betters – could be spared the normal consequences of their chosen lifestyle.

Slavery, indeed.

Jimmy

Elsewhere...

'As I’m sure you’re aware, raccoons are a thing in the furry fandom. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. However, what keeps tripping me up is how a LOT of furries seem to think it’s okay to call a raccoon character a “coon”. Can we…just…please not do that?'

Yes, please stop.

For the uninitiated, furries are people who like to dress up as animals and have sex with other people who are dressed up as animals (like coonsraccoons).

Mr. Saturn

Is it me or is Greece a country run by retards who are voted in by bigger retards?

Theophrastus

Mr Saturn

The article on Greece in the 1910 edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica tells you all you need to know. Referring to the declaration of national bankruptcy in 1893, it says:

“The financial history of Greece has been unsatisfactory from the outset . . . a lax and improvident system of administration, the corruption of political parties and the instability of the government, which has rendered impossible the continuous application of any scheme of fiscal reform — all alike have contributed to the economic ruin of the country . . . Excessive borrowing . . . remissness in the collection of taxation . . . in the main attributable to non-payment of direct taxes . . .”

David

Roger Kimball on Greece:

In a rational world, people would notice the regularity of this process — install socialism, ruin the economy (among many other things) — and they would conclude that socialism was a bad idea. That’s in a rational world. In this world, we have the New York Times, which just yesterday had at least three handwringing articles about the situation in Greece… My favourite… by the Times’s resident economic Dadaist, Mr Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman.

What do all these pieces have in common — apart, that is, from that insufferable tone of unearned moral superiority that comes with publication in the Times? Yes, that’s right; they all grandly recommend that someone else fork over the truckloads of cash that Greece wants. Everyone knows Margaret Thatcher’s quip about socialism: sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money. Sooner or later, and it is looking more and more like it might be sooner, the Germans are going to run out of money to pay for the Greeks’ lavish pension plans and retirement schemes.

But all is not lost. The sums Greece wants are quite large, it is true, but every little bit can make a difference. And, as Mr Krugman & Co. would be the first to insist, this a moral imperative... So here’s my modest proposal. When the markets open today, the New York Times should shift their entire pension portfolio into Greek bonds, beginning with whatever holdings Messrs. Cohen, Krugman, and members of the editorial board may have. It may be an adventurous investment, but, hey, were talking about medicines and imported food on the supermarket shelves in Athens. What an edifying spectacle: rancid lefties at a once-important paper put their money — their own money, for once — where their loud mouths are.

Heh.

Jen

Slavery, indeed.

"After all, it’s hard to let the world know just how radical you are when you’re busy earning a living like a bourgeois nobody."

That.

Argh

s.e.smith = Rusty Trawler.

Timbo

Rusty Trawler

I am truly sorry I googled that.

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