This post title is not a dig at Steph Curry, but it could be. I was going to avoid saying something about this altogether, because it seems adding to the static of a debate on whether or not the world is flat is fucking stupid.
Over the weekend, Shaquille O’Neal joined Kyrie Irving and Draymond Green as NBA superstars who argue against the round-ness of the world. The thing I hate about their argument isn’t its illogical nature, but rather they only go half-in with it, which makes me think they don’t even have a sound grasp on paranoid conspiracy theory.
The general argument posed by men who made millions of dollars using a ball and gravity is that since there are basic ideas taught in school labeled as factual but turn out to be untrue, the entire legitimacy of education must be questioned. Shaq’s example is that North America was not discovered by Columbus, even though it is taught to have been. He’s not wrong, he’s just comparing an apple to the entire scientific definition of how oranges are categorized by saying they’re both fruit.
His argument is easy enough to laugh at, but what really bothers me is the lack of energy with this dismissal of reality. The entire basis of knowledge in the universe is apparently up for grabs with these guys, and the best they can think of is a centuries-old falsehood? If you’re going to deny the earth is round, go all in and join up with Elon Musk and say we’re all in a simulation and that there really is no spoon.
Normally I’d enjoy this level of civic participation, but it all seems so displaced.
America is talking about the giant pile of shit that now dominates the Oval Office instead of the goddamn elephant of unchecked capitalism we’ve let use the White House as a dumping ground for 50 years.
It is important to continue a dialogue about not normalizing this administration, but believing in a corporate left (and the media that belongs to it) will only perpetuate the power consolidation by the rich.
I guess it’s a different type of attention to detail doctors have.
The extent of my energy for politics after waking up and reading that America “needs to win wars again” is nil. This is about the art of cinematic storytelling.
I love a good movie. A solid script with the right cast as seen through an innovative director’s eye. And I want to believe in Hollywood, even with all the bullshit capitalism that has leeched on to the artform. I want to believe that the movie industry still puts the story first, even as it continues to bog us all down with hellish, under-written, re-hashed ideas.1
I want to believe that because of the industry side of the movie industry, some member of the Academy2 found themselves sitting around last week watching the news and realizing that nothing is as surreal as reality right now, and that the best way to give America the cathartic, completely unpredictable and absolutely perfect moment of escape would be to switch the cards on Warren Beatty.
Without trying to recap the aggregate of generally criminal—at least certainly inhuman—behaviors acted out by the current administration, it’s impossible to still not gawk at the brash arrogance of the hatred that is overflowing into the public discourse. The language alone that is being used sounds like these elected officials are pitching a script for 24.
The rogue waves set off by the Trump administration have been probably the most fascinating part about all this. Particularly, the concept of “normal.”
Immediately after the election, there was plenty of rhetoric regarding the “normalization” of Donald Trump as President. (These op-eds have continued.) More recently, a rather perfect Jezebel post spread about, the entire contents of which are the sentence This is not normal.
And I wonder, what is normal?
During the nightmare that suddenly feels like a daydream—otherwise known as the 2016 campaign season—the potential aftermath featured a myriad of scenarios. Trump supporters said the south would rise again and that it was a time for pitchforks. Those who were terrified of Trump ended up crashing the Canadian immigration website on November 9.