Tuesday, June 15 2021

Quote of the Day

The simple narrative taught in every history class

Is demonstrably false and pedagogically classist

Don’t you know? The world is built with blood! And genocide and exploitation!

The global network of capital essentially functions

To separate the worker from the means of production

And the FBI killed Martin Luther King

Private property’s inherently theft

And neoliberal fascists are destroying the left

And every politician, every cop on the street

Protects the interest of the pedophilic corporate elite

Bo Burnham, “How The World Works”, Inside.

Re-Experiencing Inside

Bo Burnham’s Inside on Spotify

Listening to the songs without seeing Burnham act them out was weird at first, but then hearing Spotify’s commercials next to the songs from Inside was just awful. Awful in the “oh wow so many minutes of my day really are spent fending off an endless number of companies who want to separate my money from me in a way that makes their false earnestness and manipulation transparent.” Awful in the way that highlight’s Burnham’s points better than he could have made them. Which is a depressively brilliant way to listen to the album. Which I know I will do, over and over, while Spotify soaks up the seconds of my life with their ads that make them $9.5 billion in revenue to give a few pennies to Burnham for each track I listen to. How the world works.

Edit: I bought the album on iTunes and my outlook on life is a lot cheerier.

There Have Been Worse Ideas

Petition to deny Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight reentry to Earth making the rounds

“Jeff Bezos is actually Lex Luthor disguised as the supposed owner of a super successful online retail store. However, he’s actually an evil overlord hell-bent on global domination,” petition organizer Jose Ortiz said. “We’ve known this for years.”

Lucas Manfredi, Fox Business

Possibly saving this is silly, but it seems to fit the theme for today. I also love Jose Ortiz’s description.

In Conversation

He did what white guys are good at. Showing us that you can succeed with mediocrity if you just believe in yourself.

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