Morning Ed: Society {2016.05.25.W}

It makes sense that The New Republic would want to destroy the only grassroots political movement in Westeros.

One of my great frustrations, many years ago, was my inability to get ESPN360 by paying for it. Turns out, I’m not alone.

Via Vikram, the importance of the typeface. Specifically, caps and bold and such.

Here’s a nice story: Detective rescues a young girl, attends her college graduation twenty years later.

This surprises me not even a little bit: Things are different when you’re beautiful. (The linked episode of 30 Rock was really, really good.)

I cannot overstate my complete and total lack of surprise that Japan’s idol industry (and Korea’s) is sexually coercive. Not entirely unrelated.

The University of Miami is going all in for atheism! Actually, it’s just a chair for the study of it, which is actually pretty cool.


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28 thoughts on “Morning Ed: Society {2016.05.25.W}

  1. America’s equivalent to the idol industry probably has the same problems because the power issues involved are similar. There is that not really funny joke about the casting coach and no shortage of people willing to abuse even the slightest bit of power to get sex.

    The idol industry always fascinated me. Western countries have something similar but it doesn’t quite reach the level of pop cultural dominance as the idol industry does in East Asia country. East Asian pop stars from the Idol Industry aren’t mocked for being manufactured or lacking authenticity like their Western equivalents are. Its interesting that the United States, United Kingdom, and other Western countries developed a need for their pop singers to be authentic in a way that other countries did not.

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  2. The New Republic article about the High Sparrow seems to ignore the fact that the role of the Faith Militant is necessary to finish playing the part of acting out the answer to Varys’ Riddle:

    In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. ‘Do it,’ says the king, ‘for I am your lawful ruler.’ ‘Do it,’ says the priest, ‘for I command you in the names of the gods.’ ‘Do it,’ says the rich man, ‘and all this gold shall be yours.’ So tell me – who lives and who dies?

    I think it’s going to take more than Olenna Tyrell calling in her family’s army to King’s Landing to get rid of him. After all, he’s not only silver-tongued, but the righteousness of the gods is his claim to legitimacy.

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