Dave Chappelle was one of the first credible names to call America out on its apparent celebrity obsession during his classic comedy set, “For What It’s Worth.” Ironically, one of the celebrities Chappelle cited to give credence to his views was none other than Bill Cosby. While Chappelle’s context for the use of Cosby as a case study for celebrity praise was far different than the firestorm that Cosby now finds himself under, the fact that Chappelle had the foresight to admonish us on the pitfalls of exalting famous people makes him even more of a visionary than I could have predicted. [Read more…]
I am continually astounded by the effect that immediate communication has had on American society. Social media is the chief proprietor of this powerful technology. It has afforded everyone from Johnson of the fifth register at Wal-Mart, to Oprah Winfrey, the world’s most powerful media magnate, with a platform to spout off their heart’s content. The era of newspapers, regional news broadcasts, and the non-news cycle has fallen to the wayside in the wake of everyone having access to news sources that operate every hour of every day. As much as I am a fan and advocate of these various tools, it hasn’t been utilized completely for good. In my opinion, the ability of all people, whether individuals or in groups, to both create and contribute to narratives and perceptions has birthed a nation of rabid moralists and cultivated a widespread moralist culture. [Read more…]
I’m not the most up-to-date on current events. I never really am, and the reason why has more to do with lifestyle choices than my resignation to be ignorant to what’s going on in the world.
After a 10+ hour work day, I usually head straight to the gym for a much-needed unplugging via basketball and a hard workout. I usually finish my workout sometime between 10 and 10:30, at which point I head home and cook myself a very late dinner. By the time I’ve finished eating, it’s well after midnight and I barely have time to take in 5 minutes of Sportscenter before I lay my head to sleep, all to rinse and repeat the next day. [Read more…]