Every time a serious clash begins somewhere in the world, John and I get a ton of messages saying “CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS PLACE?!!”
You know why we get those messages? Because the news media DOESN’T DO IT! The news appears to think that their purpose is to tell you what politicians are saying about it, give you some gritty details of what life is like on the ground, and then sprinkle in the smallest amount of context as possible. Also, if they can stick in lots of pictures and videos of burning things, that’s good.
I’m happy to make those videos, but part of me wonders why it’s up to me. Why are there tens of thousands of people working at dozens of news networks incapable of giving context to the most important events currently going on in the world. Why does /my/ Twitter blow up? Why isn’t Anderson Cooper’s twitter filled with requests from people who want to know more than what is happening? People want to know why!
Yes, it’s complicated. Yes, it’s nuanced. Yes, there are many different facets to the story…but can you spend a couple paragraphs on that complexity? Maybe devote a few minutes on your cable news show to more than listing the number of casualties while slowly zooming in on a fire.
YES I DO.
hellobabieswelcometoearth asked: How do you feel about hate for Big Bang Theory, based on the idea that it's "nerd blackface/minstrel?"
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and if someone believes that about Big Bang Theory, they’re certainly not obligated to watch it.
That said, I completely disagree with that assessment based on my knowledge of the writers and producers (all of whom are giant nerds), and the knowledge that the person who popularized that sentiment you referenced is deliberately provocative and kind of a jerk.
I’m proud of the show, I adore the cast and crew, and I love being part of it.
"Listen, I respect everyone’s opinion, but if you have this opinion then you are simply the acolyte of an awful person who is awful."
I have no idea. Candidates:
I’m sure I’m forgetting something that is just gigantically important to me.
It’s the first episode, and By Surprise‘s Rob Wilcox is the first guest! We sit down and chat about one of his favorite albums of all time, Piebald’s “We Are The Only Friends We Have”.
First episode of my new podcast is now up! Feel free to give it a listen. :)
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