Recently, playwright John Steppling wrote a blogpost in which he literally argues that autism and aspergers are signs of cultural decline. This is extraordinarily offensive and ill-informed, and insults the real experiences and feelings of people who are fine with being on the spectrum, as well as people who suffer in a world that doesn’t understand. I wrote a comment challenging Steppling, but he dismissed me as a troll and blocked me from commenting. Please, if it’s not too much trouble, reblog this or shoot a comment Steppling’s way.
Retroactive quality is when a popular writer does something shitty, and people immediately start insisting that everything they ever did was shitty.
It is impossible to name examples of this, so strong is this tendency.
(Originally published in Dazed and Confused)
“Is Nick Land the most important British philosopher of the last twenty years?,” asks Kodwo Eshun. On the face of it, the question might seem an odd one - Land only published one book, The Thirst For Annihilation : Georges Bataille and…
Nick Land’s a fucking fascist, is what he is.
I am not a conservative: there is nothing that can be conserved or is worth conserving in the modern world. The ideals that America was founded on have lead to chaos and destruction, as shown in the rest of the world, where we have tried to impose them, and as will soon be shown here.
I am not a…
I haven’t seen this big of an embarrassing failure to be badass since they shut down Troper Tales.
I don’t hate Holden like some people seem to. I’m worried this shows some immaturity on my part.
It feels crazy that I have to say this, but I would pay good money for a version of Red Letter Media’s reviews that didn’t feature all those added scenes where, you know women get kidnapped and murdered.
It’s like you sit down in front of these feature-length reviews of Star Wars and Star Trek films and you think, hey, wow! Here is some really well-thought-out commentary on the structure and content of narratives that’s incredibly entertaining, insightful AND funny, I’m gonna share this with my mothe— oh wait, no, here’s a scene where we watch the reviewer gas a kidnapped woman to death and here’s one where a prostitute tied up in the basement begs for her life and here’s one where he shows us how he murdered his wife.
There’s some great filmic insights here, all baked together with scenes of women (it’s always women) about to be murdered that do absolutely nothing except to maybe make you laugh? Because look that one woman is begging that her life be spared and saying she’ll do anything! Hah hah hah that IS a good one!!
It’s so frustrating because the actual review parts verge on brilliant, and I keep thinking “oh, they’ll definitely cut out the violence towards women played for laughs in the next video” but noooooooooooope.
tl;dr: internet, what is wrong with you
Adam Levine dissing Honey Boo Boo is like a man who is the leader of a mediocre band insulting a terrible exploitative TV show.
Philosophy, Aristotle is well known to have said, begins in wonder. So, of course, does everything else. Astronomy begins in wonder at the moving lights in the sky; biology, in wonder at the living creatures of the earth; psychology, in wonder at the intricacies and eccentricities of our distinctively human form of life. So, at best, wonder is only a necessary condition for philosophy.
What· is peculiar about philosophers is what we are inclined to wonder about. We wonder about everything. In particular, we wonder about astronomy and biology and psychology (and about philosophy) about whether and how such disciplines are possible and, crucially, about whether and how such disciplines fit together. We don’t just wonder about everything. We wonder about everything all at once. Philosophers are general practitioners.