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Crowdsourcing Bias

May 31, 2016
Crowdsourcing Bias

Perhaps the greatest part of living in the current year is the access our civilization has to a virtually limitless supply of information. Although many refuse to take advantage of it, the fact is that we are living during an era which is unprecedented for acquiring and transmitting knowledge at light speed, which I-as someone who narrowly missed out on being a millennial-can appreciate. From the Khan Academy, to more structured online universities, to Web tutorials on how to construct 3D models, there is no domain of expertise concealed from anyone with a reliable Internet connection and a morsel of curiosity. However, the most revolutionary Web portal when it comes to collating and archiving the collective knowledge of humanity in an encyclopedic way is, without question, the website known as Wikipedia. Read More »

Memorial Day 2016

May 30, 2016
Memorial Day 2016

Today is a somber, nationwide day of reflection. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was intended to honor the sacrifices made by the Union war dead-the South has its own traditions-but is now a commemoration of the lives of all American servicemen and women who’ve fallen in battle. Read More »

Youtube Politics

May 29, 2016
Youtube Politics

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the value of a moving image is incalculable. That’s why the impact of a website like Youtube should never be underestimated. Although often marginalized as an endless repository for cat videos and dwindling supply of unlicensed songs and films, the truth is that Youtube, especially since its takeover by the Internet hydra known as Google, exercises a profound influence upon how we view the world. It’s why the people behind that website devote enormous resources to sponsor presidential debates, interview the President, and generally influence the tenor of political debate within this country. Which makes its record of discrimination against unfashionable points of view all the more troubling to those of us among the non-leftist untermenschen.

Although the nature of its reporting system lends itself to abuse, especially by adherents to the Religion of Grievance, it can no longer be denied that Youtube has gone out of its way to make itself inhospitable to heterodoxy. The temporary ban of a channel documenting ISIS atrocities can be explained away as an overzealous reaction to graphic images, but it’s harder to intellectually justify the removal of a video which satirizes jihadists. Or, for that matter, videos which use fragments of news footage in order to illustrate the gravity of the refugee crisis engulfing Europe. Read More »

The Twitterverse

May 28, 2016
The Twitterverse

One of the most interesting social media platforms-and aside from Facebook itself, the most popular one in the English language-is Twitter. The evangelists of this global means of communication would claim it’s responsible for catalyzing a host of revolutions within otherwise repressed dictatorships, while its critics might describe it as a meaningless echo chamber which others use to exploit journalistic credulity. Even as its user base declines and it struggles to find a viable revenue model, it can’t be denied that Twitter exerts an outsized influence, if only upon the narratives crafted by the mainstream news media. A perfect example being the current imbecilic campaign led by social justice warriors to turn an iconic Marvel hero into a gay man

That’s why the suppression of non-leftist perspectives on this platform is such an important issue, regardless of how one might view the utility of Twitter itself. It not only bolsters the already skewed terms of debate by both feeding an extraordinarily lazy, monolithic media fuel and denying the opportunity for genuinely fresh voices to be heard. Read More »

Faceberg

May 27, 2016
Faceberg

I distinctly remember taking part in an online discussion several years ago where one of the interlocutors warned me what would happen if Google ever became an evil monopoly. I couldn’t help but think to myself, have you not been paying attention? Leaving aside its extensive invasions of privacy, its intense cooperation with the largest dictatorship on the planet, as well as its agreements with more benighted countries which might or might not censor blasphemous search results, there is the pervasive ideological bias which infects this corporation and periodically makes itself known through heavy-handed editorial and advertising decisions.

However,  a corporation which finds itself even more powerful than Google in terms of shaping the public debate is Facebook. Read More »

Trump Bismarck Rally (Live Stream)

May 26, 2016
Trump Bismarck Rally (Live Stream)

Donald Trump has officially hit the magic number. Read More »

Inside The Googleplex

May 26, 2016
Inside The Googleplex

When I first saw the now infamous Google doodle published last week I was a bit perplexed. Was every social justice warrior’s favorite search engine honoring an unsung Asian suffragette, or perhaps one of Anita Sarkeesian’s cyber-feminist forebears? As it turns out, Google was paying tribute to a Marxist, anti-American demagogue who admired cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and the late Al Qaeda emir Osama Bin Laden. Yuri Kochiyama would cut an odd figure today, coming as she did from what’s now one of the most well-educated and generally well-off non-white ethnicities in this country; a group which politically is more often associated with the liberal, yet deeply patriotic, Japanese-Americans living in Hawaii than avowed Maoist revolutionaries. Even her experience as Nisei living during an era where she and her family were interned for years and dispossessed of their worldly possessions doesn’t fully explain her radicalism when you consider the path taken by her  contemporaries under similar circumstances.  Read More »

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Right of the Soil

May 20, 2016
Right of the Soil

One of the defining features of our society is its strange approach to citizenship. We live in the only major Western nation which operates under a policy of unrestricted jus soli, which means that individuals seeking to acquire American citizenship for their children need only birth them on United States soil in order to do so, even if they have no tangible ties to this country. Read More »

From The Ashes (Baca House Fire)

May 19, 2016
From The Ashes (Baca House Fire)

Short of the death or illness of a loved one, or the passing of a beloved pet, it’s hard to conceive of something more traumatic than losing your house. To have to be confronted with 2 of those tragedies simultaneously is almost incomprehensible. Unfortunately, that’s what the Baca Family is facing after their family home was destroyed in a fire, along with their possessions, books, heirlooms, and their precious cat Tyga.

Recognizing how compassionate and generous our readers have been in the past, I’d like to ask you all to do what you can to help out the Bacas as they piece their lives back together. They’ve established a Gofundme page in order to defray the costs of a life-altering event. I’m certain that whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated.

 

Debating The World

May 16, 2016
Debating The World

Just a reminder that tomorrow night the Irish Exit will host Let’s Talk About Open Borders, a discussion of an issue that impacts us all. You can find out more about the event here, and purchase your tickets here. Is a borderless, multicultural society an atomized dystopia devoid of social capital? Read More »

Beating Back The Wolf

May 14, 2016
Beating Back The Wolf

 

Although it’s too late to participate in the Walk To End Lupus, which will take place later today in New York City, those of you who care deeply about this issue can still contribute to the cause. One of the main ways, of course, being education and outreach. The Lupus Foundation of America is a national voluntary health organization which supports individuals and communities while advancing clinical research into this misunderstood disease. Another fantastic resource is Lupus Friends & Family, Read More »

Let’s Talk About Open Borders

May 12, 2016
Let’s Talk About Open Borders

Until recently, most people in Europe and the United States-at least, those of us who had grown up and lived our lives as citizens-gave little thought to national immigration policy. Unless you had a vested interest in the issue, either as an immigrant yourself or someone who profited from specific immigration policies, e.g. as an immigration attorney, a member of a group like LULAC, the NCLR, or someone who worked for a VOLAG, the likelihood that this would be a galvanizing domestic issue for you was very slim. Read More »



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