Jeff Jarvis’s Buzzmachine is on a roll–his post about the right to profanity is dead on.
The path the FCC is on at this point is incredibly scary and disheartening. Especially now that so many Americans are shedding blood in a faraway place, ostensibly to bring democracy to that country, having my and your tax money spent by a bunch of nut jobs to figure out how to neuter the First Amendment as much as possible is completely grotesque.
Here’s the deal about free speech: It’s about protecting ugly speech, uncomfortable speech, the kind of speech that upsets people. Speech that is middle of the road and safe is never in danger in any society. The health of a democracy is measured by how it treats the oddballs, those on the fringe, not by how it treats the bourgeoisie.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.