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Updated on July 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM

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Re: “Trump Tower now looks like a middle finger to Chicago

*Campaign -- not "upcampaign" (what happened to the edit feature?)

Posted by illannoy on 11/13/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Trump Tower now looks like a middle finger to Chicago

Denial of being in the bubble, even after what has transpired, does not bode well.
Blue archipelago elitism and obliviousness helped hand Trump his victory
As one CBS pundit recently wrote, this is an occasion for humility on the part of the
priest/scribe class who are so biased they don't even realize it.

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Posted by illannoy on 11/13/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Trump Tower now looks like a middle finger to Chicago

Tdtdt: Birtherism was invented by the Clinton 2008 upcampaign. Google it. I think they even filed for the patent on it,

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Posted by illannoy on 11/13/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Chicago’s new, frightening reality: A blue city in the red nation

Absolutely, Rosa, Busi Selas: I'm a libertarian myself, but I read everybody, and have broad sympathies with the left on economic problems, although my solutions are mostly different. And I note that despite years of warnings from leftist intellectual types like Thomas Frank to leading "liberals" to stop acting like elitist assholes who hate their fellow Americans, apparently they just can't help themselves because they fundamentally are elitist assholes who hate their fellow Americans.
Especially Clinton, who during her tenure as young lawyer, co-attorney general and co-gov of Arkansas, was known to reek (in addition to horrible body odor) the utmost contempt for the people she relied on to vote for, support and even guard her and her husband. They called the people hillbillies, hicks, and shitkickers. Well guess what, America just kicked a piece of shit and it's called Crooked Hillary Clinton.

Truman Dem: the alleged popular vote lead by Clinton, even though it failed to deliver the electoral math, is nevertheless going to be among the arsenal of propaganda weapons used to delegitimize the victor. So let it be said every day -- despite the collective yawn about the subject from blue "journalistic" circles -- the vote count is suspect, especially in Crook County.

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Posted by illannoy on 11/13/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Sun-Times, Reader no longer have managing editors

Tangentially related complaint: why do new comments no longer scroll on the front page? This was one of the coolest features of the website -- it kept even old articles in rotation and fostered more discussion. For example, due to this feature, a story from 1990 got 54 recent comments.
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/how-t…

Another effect was, it made the readers part of the front page. Isn't it supposed to be all about interactivity and reader content nowadays?

Posted by illannoy on 09/07/2015 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Sun-Times, Reader no longer have managing editors

"Day to day, a newspaper's ME runs it, while the editor thinks strategic thoughts. But the daily paper is an ever dwindling component of a paper's combined print/online presence."

So, print requires strategic thinking but not a website?
Does not compute. 

"'You're seeing newsrooms shift to more editor/content producers who are working with reporters but also generating content, aggregating, curating, posting video, and, increasingly more importantly, distributing more through various social channels. The focus is on accuracy, speed and distribution and that is drastically changing roles that were created for print deadlines
So: post more, think (and report and fact-check) less.

If they perfect the technology to beam content straight into people's brains (I'm assuming some sort of business model for that) it still doesn't obviate the need for somebody with the time to think strategically, exercise detached judgment, and be an additional set of eyes and ears.  

Does Sun-Times Inc. really need ad managers? Maybe the CEO needs to hit the bricks and start making sales calls.

Posted by illannoy on 09/07/2015 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Twenty-seven years after Straight Outta Compton, can political hip-hop reach white listeners?

First, I'll disclose I secretly listened to NWA and Eazy, like probably every other adolescent in the country in the late '80s. I will give them all the artistic props they deserve -- I'll even call Dre a musical genius.

That said, NWA's "nihilistic violence and righteous energy" signaled a schizophrenia that severely limited any political protest role the group played.
Condemnations of police violence, mated with celebration of gratuitous gang and anti-women  violence, delivered with a cynical snicker  or  malicious sneer, are morally and rhetorically self-defeating.

 In "Fuck Tha Police": You can cheer Cube and Ren's takedown of corrupt, thuggish LA cops -- until Ren says 
"I'm a sniper with a hell of a scope/Takin' out a cop or two, they can't cope with me..." And Eazy comes in talking about "'cause I blast on a stupid ass nigga while I'm playin' with the trigger of an Uzi or and AK...."

Not exactly theme song material for any movement for justice.

 It can be argued they're only talking about the corrupt cops (although that's not clear from the context). But even vigilante justice against cops known on the street to be corrupt murderers is strategically stupid, for several reasons. 

It can be argued that America needed realism. "The Message" was realism. NWA-style gangsta rap is not realism; it's cartoonish glorification of criminal  lifestyles.  It's less like reporting or analysis than advertisemen: selling ghetto violence as a really great time,  and incidentally,  scaring the shit out of the very white America we needed on our side to combat the very real evils of poverty, disabling welfare dependency, and the War on (Some) Drugs. Rather than eliciting sympathy, NWA probably only succeeded in confirming the worst stereotypes about black youth -- and assuring white America that all was well with American justice and the black thugs in the ghetto were getting exactly what they deserved.

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Posted by illannoy on 09/07/2015 at 3:52 PM

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