I’ve written a bit about modernity over the past couple of years, and in fact, I think the entire QNUW project at this point could be defined as a reaction against it. But the concept is a tricky one, because it’s a term for the very air we breathe in contemporary society. And it’s not something as simplistically defined as “the present day” or even “the present operation of things,” since those would imply that modernity is a definition related to a period of time rather than a term that applies to specific systems of ideologies. Continue reading “What is Modernity?”
The cumulative total of American student loans hit $1.5 trillion earlier this year, spread out across a little over forty-four million people. According to Forbes, this makes loans for university count for the second highest form of consumer debt in the country, with only house mortgages beating it out. It should come as something of a surprise to hear that the sum total of all the car loans in the country still can’t even hold a candle to the borrowed expenses of the now mockingly-labeled “higher education” in this country. Continue reading “Student Loan Crisis or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Debt Slavery”
There are four different caravans making their ways north through Latin America. Some along for the ride intend to settle in Mexico, while others are in for the long haul: to force entry into the United States. All total, the figure of migrants numbers close to seven thousand, but that number is likely to fluctuate as some depart the caravans to go home or settle in Mexico, or those that leave their homes to join it. As it stands, about twenty-three hundred of them have already applied for protection in Mexico. Continue reading “Dude, Immigrants”
Spend enough time around internet forums and video games and you’ll encounter the same tired pseudo-intellectuals that pretend to philosophize about arts and entertainment. There is always a trend, no matter the fandom, to take your hobby a little more seriously then it probably deserves. There isn’t usually anything wrong with that, so long as you don’t go overboard and start calling it something it isn’t or investing unhealthy amounts of time into it. Hobbies are, after all, hobbies. Continue reading “Are Video Games Art?”
Now I’m going to talk about a video game.
I just completed a run-through of some the old Assassin’ Creed 2 and AC: Brotherhood games that first came out back in 2009. It’s hard to believe that was nearly a decade ago, considering how the gameplay itself seems only to have aged a few years. Granted, I played the remastered collection that was released in 2012, so maybe that has something to do with it.
I’m behind the times. Sue me. Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed and the Liberal Narrative”
This piece was prompted by one of this blogger’s favorite whipping posts: Jordan B. Peterson’s credibility and incomprehensibility. Those of us waiting for the other shoe to drop have been vindicated, at least until the other-other shoe drops and the entire network of these clowns, Peterson included, are revealed to be part of the very machine they were organized to stand in opposition to. I don’t think that has happened yet, but rest assured, it will soon enough. Continue reading “Goodbye, Intellectual Dork Web”
Stop. You’re in your mid-twenties, bored, somewhat educated, and free on a Friday night. Your friends invite you to go out and barhop for a few hours. Maybe you’ll get drunk and just go home a few dollars poorer, dragging yourself back to the apartment you rent with five other people after a night of dancing, boozing, and casual light drug use. Or maybe you’ll hit it lucky this Friday evening and hook up with somebody who’s got cute eyes, good legs, and just the right amount of alcohol tolerance. Continue reading “The Tyranny of Morality by Consent”
There used to be a time when it was common practice to teach our children how to properly respect our bodies. Used to be. Now that respect extends to the farthest frontiers of the term consent, well past the long-rotted fences that cordoned off the brighter pastures of moral guidance and virtue. The common assumption is that proper respect for the body rests somewhere between the humiliating and derogatory attack on common decency, and the lurid sexuality of wanton lust pushed by corporate interests and characterized by billboards, internet pornography, and the expectations of a sexual culture. Continue reading “Tattoos, Body Modification, and the Modern Interest in Destroying Yourself By Consent”
Atheism, while not necessarily a purely modern phenomenon, remains a staple of the Modern aesthetic. All forms of religious belief are more or less treated with equal amounts of disdain under the neoliberal regime, though the exoticism of alien customs and rites tends to attract a fair share of delusional new-agers and members of the elite who are simply too intelligent to believe in anything. Religious worship native to the historical roots of the West, particularly Catholicism, draws particular ire from the atheist crowd, though any form of Christianity is fair game for ridicule. Continue reading “Godless Traditionalism is a Non-Starter”