Media Pimps: Streaming Services

Streaming platforms are unavoidable. All entertainment, be it music or video, is relegated to various streaming services; each of them requires its own individual subscription. In other words, if you want to be able to keep up with the latest shows, you should probably have Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, andContinue reading “Media Pimps: Streaming Services”

Challenging Your Tastes

It’s easy to get comfortable with what you like. You watch the shows and movies that you’ve always enjoyed, you listen to the music you’ve always enjoyed – it makes sense. After all, you found what works. Why fix what isn’t broken? While your tastes aren’t broken per se, they have gotten stagnant, complacent even.Continue reading “Challenging Your Tastes”

A Fool’s Insurrection

Yesterday marked the official beginning of Donald Trump’s second impeachment. A 13-minute video was shown which compiled footage from January 6, 2021. The video showcased, among other things, just the level of anger and grim determination with which the mob stormed the capitol. The video also showed Donald Trump’s various speeches, tweets, and responses toContinue reading “A Fool’s Insurrection”

Things to Lose in the New World – Volume V: “Content”

At some point in the last decade or so, art ceased to be art and became content. It marked a new era for artists, one that centered around a constant internet presence and high output. Music, movies, and television were almost exclusively streamed, and the “content” was updated daily. It’s often the argument of executivesContinue reading “Things to Lose in the New World – Volume V: “Content””

Everyone Deserves a Voice, but Not an Audience

With a title like that, I should certainly get some clarifications out of the way. First, I’m absolutely for the freedom of speech, but as you’ll see if you read on, social media has changed the scope and parameters of that freedom – so, un-bunch your undergarments.  Secondly, I’m well aware that I myself might notContinue reading “Everyone Deserves a Voice, but Not an Audience”

The Curse of Early Success/The Blessing of Early Failure

After I turned 30, my thoughts turned to the grave. I’ve been reflecting upon what I’ve done and not done. I’ve focused quite a bit of thought into past failures as I see them, but viewing them as fortunate occurrences. I’ll explain. When I look back on the things that didn’t work out, and really considerContinue reading “The Curse of Early Success/The Blessing of Early Failure”

Things to Lose in the New World – Volume IV: Rock Stars

There was a time, it started before I was born, that rock stars were held in near god-like esteem. They were ill-behaved, messy, and self-absorbed – all under the veneer of mystery. This time, the 1970’s, gave birth to a kind of rock star that we’ve come to know as the archetypal rock star: doingContinue reading “Things to Lose in the New World – Volume IV: Rock Stars”

You Might Be the Problem

People are, to say the least, a mixed bag. We could be loving, tender, understanding, and selfless, but we can also be hateful, insensitive, ignorant, and selfish – sometimes all in the same day. We’re prone to colossal fuck-ups, but are also capable of incredible feats. Since we contain such restless multitudes, we tend toContinue reading “You Might Be the Problem”

It’s Over: Celebrate, but Don’t Gloat

For more than half of the country, the last four years have been stressful to say the least. I’m not what one would consider a patriot, but the last four years made me embarrassed to be an American, even more so than before. But, as I write this, Donald Trump has vacated the White House,Continue reading “It’s Over: Celebrate, but Don’t Gloat”