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Things I’m Reading and Thinking About This Week

Here are the things that got me thinking this week:

Life, etc.

Mastering the Art of the Thought Catalog Troll (The Atlantic Wire

Let’s be honest about something: Thought Catalog is pretty much the worst thing on the internet.  It’s a bunch of privileged white people whining about their lives.  Too many of the articles are poorly written, poorly edited (and poorly executed in general) to really be taken seriously.  The article in question here meets all those criteria.  But it exploded this week because it’s such a disasterpiece.

I’m not linking to the piece, but if you click through to this excellent piece from The Atlantic Wire, you can find the source material easily enough.  The basic gist of the essay is that the author is privileged and is tired of feeling guilty about her privilege.  It’s basically that line from Mean Girls where Gretchen Wieners says, “I’m sorry that people are jealous of me, but I can’t help that I’m so popular.”

Obviously, there are a ton of problems with the TC piece.  First of all, privilege IS a choice.  Second of all, this piece is the DEFINITION of link-bait.  Hate-linking is real, guys, and this is the perfect example of mastering content that inspires it.  Anyway, all of it is interesting in a sort of nauseating way.

Here’s What Happens When You Text Drake Lyrics to Your Ex (Pigeons and Planes)

The hat tip for this article goes to my friend Stacey (@GingerGoingHAM), who is as obsessed with Drake as I am.  The title of the article/slideshow says it all, and the results are kind of hilarious.  Since my two best girlfriends and I just started a new game last week where we try to speak to each other using only hip hop/rap lyrics, this is right up our alley.

So, yeah, this is silly, but it’s also become our new thing to try.

Books and Reading:

From Mars (The New Yorker)

I actually heard about this profile while listening to the most recent Slate XX Podcast.  It’s a long article, and I certainly don’t blame you if you can’t get through the whole thing, but it is really interesting and thought-provoking.

The article is about Bryan Goldberg, one of the founders of the sports-news blog The Bleachers, who decided to start a new website for women.  Whatever, it is what it is.  It’s not like there aren’t other websites aimed at women that compile all sorts of news, but what is unique about this one is how completely clueless Goldberg seems to be about what it is that women are.  I heard one person describe Goldberg and said he was surprised the guy didn’t just come out and say, “I’m a virgin.”  At 30, the man doesn’t seem to have ever talked to a woman, so the idea that he would be capable of creating a media outlet for them is just unfathomable.  Good thing he hired a bunch of women to create content for his site, right?

That’s all for this week.  What have you been reading that’s got you thinking?

 

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