The Demon-Haunted World

With the rise in Q-Anon, the issue of sensationalism has become one of existential danger. Our school system and our police culture was and is embedded with the toxic beliefs about superpredators and pedophiles. Children were thrown into cells and had their lives ruined, SPED classrooms became detention centers with panicked faculty at what wasContinue reading “The Demon-Haunted World”

The Rules: Liability, Paranoia, and the Death of Informality

The greatest impediment to my personal success has been the rules. I’m not a delinquent, not even close. I’ve never touched alcohol, recreational drugs, tobacco, been in a fight, shoplifted, had my first kiss, I don’t even have a tattoo, and so on. I have never been the type of person whom the rules shouldContinue reading “The Rules: Liability, Paranoia, and the Death of Informality”

The Psychology of Calling the Police

In my last article, I wrote about the exploitation and social invisibility of janitors at my school. The police are a similar class. They have low paid and often miserable jobs. They have the distinct honor of holding a profession where almost everyone they interact with doesn’t like them. They are also the collective bitchContinue reading “The Psychology of Calling the Police”

Consumerist Media & Anxiety: Paranoia, Self-Pity, and their Origins in Clickbait

                Many vices have been attributed to the newer generations, the Zoomers and Millennials. They have mostly been along the lines that our generations are entitled and coddled. We are the loneliest and most anxious generations in recorded memory. Mental conditions of depression and stress are exploding as is the suicide rate. I have experiencedContinue reading “Consumerist Media & Anxiety: Paranoia, Self-Pity, and their Origins in Clickbait”

Losing a Pity Contest: The Shamelessness of Glamorized Tragedy

            Whenever I talk about my past, I don’t feel sorry for myself and I try to not sell myself as a sob story. Which is a lot of the reason I try to use humor when talking about it. Alas, in a capitalistic society where pity can get many forms of capital, I haveContinue reading “Losing a Pity Contest: The Shamelessness of Glamorized Tragedy”

My City: A Charlestonian on the 5th Anniversary of the Emmanuel Nine

                As a Charlestonian, I consider the Emmanuel Nine to be unfair to my fair city since Dylann Roof was not from Charleston, he was from Columbia. It sends the message that Charleston is a right-leaning city when Charleston is a left-leaning city. It combined with Southern Charm and Reckless and other items of mediaContinue reading “My City: A Charlestonian on the 5th Anniversary of the Emmanuel Nine”

Civil Liberties and Populism: A Reflection on Some of the Protests

                There has been much ado about the third-degree murder charge against the officer who killed George Floyd with protesters demanding it be increased to first-degree. While I am a veteran of Black Lives Matter protests and support the peaceful parts of the protests, I do not support a first-degree murder charge and for importantContinue reading “Civil Liberties and Populism: A Reflection on Some of the Protests”

Yellow Journalism: True Crime versus Sympathy for Criminals

One of my fellow Charlestonians was a man who ran a successful campaign against a congressional candidate on the basis of said candidate’s Judaism in the year 1980 and was able to do the same two years earlier on the basis of his opponent being treated for teenage depression. He was a master, more thanContinue reading “Yellow Journalism: True Crime versus Sympathy for Criminals”