Problematic Thoughts 07 - Creation and Destruction: Video Games in Capitalism

Video games also occupy a central part of cultural transmission, broadcasting the messages of multibillion-dollar corporations straight into our receptive brains. In essence, video games fulfill three primary roles in our capitalist society: escapism, ideological transmission, and alleviation of frustration. But why, and how?

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Problematic Thoughts 06 - A Criticism of Sam Harris and the New Atheist's Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Author and New Atheist Sam Harris recently declared that he would rather vote for Ben Carson than Noam Chomsky because at least Ben Carson understands that Islam inspires terrorism and that the US should accept only Christian refugees from Syria. I criticize Harris's myopic and ahistorical view of Islam and religion.

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Problematic Thoughts 05 - Activism in the Archives

Archives have sheltered, encouraged, and propagated elite narratives for their entire histories. When elite narratives marginalize, silence, obscure, or conceal the historical agency of others, those elite narratives must be challenged. Attack the elites where they hide. I am an archivist and a historian, but I’m also an activist, and I think our profession has failed in its mission to preserve history.

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Problematic Thoughts 04 - Progressive White People: You Are Still Complicit in Racism

This post is meant to address those white people (and especially white men) who have stealthily positioned themselves as paragons of the anti-racism movement. You are complicit in racism, regardless of how progressive you think you are. White people have to realize that the rules they have established—psychological, historical, linguistic, social, cultural—will be broken by people of color as they strive for social justice. By steadfastly defending these rules, white apologists reify and reinforce racism.

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Problematic Thoughts 02 - Historical Regret

Earlier this week, I wrote a Handsy Miniature post about the students of McGuffey High School in Pennsylvania harassing LGBT students by participating in "Anti-Gay Day" in response to the school's observance of the national Day of Silence the week before. What has continued to bother me about these events has been my deeply held belief that eventually these students will probably be remorseful and come to regret their treatment of their classmates. 

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