I agree this guy seems like an idiot, but to call him near-illiterate seems sensational and unwarranted, particularly in the context of a piece about education. (Anyone who has worked in a school from college on down the line knows from near-illiterate, and believe me, that ain’t it.) I mean, is calling out the its/it’s thing really such a zing? Because it seems to me that by those standards the sentence where Maria uses “out” instead of “our” make her near-illiterate, too.
Sometimes I find the tone of Maria’s writing really uncharitable, even when I agree with her. Her takedown pieces would be much stronger without the personal attacks. The well-chosen quotes alone make it abundantly clear he's a choad without being petty about a grammatical error (in a piece on Medium, for god's sake!!).
Oh my god. These questions.
I dunno, to me this reads as a brilliant parody of all those fake grocery lists (champagne! truffles! cheese!) and inspirational quotations that are always on those terrible chalkboard walls in shelter blogs and magazines. My own brilliant parody just says “TP and Diet Coke” in black paint.
Oh, Becca. I, too, wrote a lot of obnoxious pedantic essays in college. I’m very grateful that the internet wasn’t the unspoken medium in which I lived my life way back then because, seriously, this piece is embarrassing. Someday soon you'll have the wherewithal to realize it.
I saw Maria mention "free speech" on Twitter and a few people here in the comments mention censorship. I don't see how those issues are even remotely relevant. Am I missing something? Kickstarter--which Hoinsky himself points out is a private company--has forbidden seduction guide projects. It is not as though the government has threatened him with jail for writing this terrible book.
@barnhouse RE: "I get that the permanent "no" is difficult for some women to articulate for any number of reasons. I believe and hope that a careful review of writing like Ken's may help them understand just how very firm that "no" needs to be. I believe men like Ken want to understand it, too. That's why I wanted to talk with him."
You have got to be kidding me with this. Good old Ken Hoinsky, helping confused women everywhere find a thousand different ways to say no.
You’re so right, official social media feeds were useless across the board. I tried to tune it out and just watch journos on the ground; they were way more informed but also a LOT more cautious. Sounds obvious but it really made me think a lot about how I consume news in general.
I usually keep an eye on @clarajeffery in a crisis--good eye, level head, good sense of humor, always up late. Social media editors should take a page from her book and try to help people find legit primary sources and offer perspective when they can. Take a breath and use your critical faculties. Jesus.
This is by far the most entertaining recipe I've ever read, only in part because I thought "really good sugar" was an Ina Garten parody up until the fancy golden Hawaiian rec.
Promoting one approach to criticism is like saying there’s only one good way to write fiction. It’s ridiculous! You can choose an approach as an individual, or as a publication, but a call to snark (or to admiration or whatever) just in general seems absurd. A well-rounded diet, etc.
That said, did anyone else find Silverman’s Slate piece about the “epidemic of niceness” straight-up chilling? Twitter humanizes (you know, sometimes) by making authors (and other public figures) less of an abstraction. And I just don’t see how being reminded of someone’s humanity is ever a bad thing.
Wow. While I agree with most of the content of this article, I found its tone extremely offputting. Just super sanctimonious, which seems especially unnecessary given that you’re preaching to the choir here at The Awl.
Unnecessarily nasty, too. I prefer a good old-fashioned “sic” to “oof.”
“Corpocratic bondage?” Really? “Obediently paying without objection for what they’ve been told to pay for, which is iPhones.” Really? I think it’s being willfully obtuse to cast Emily’s cohort as sheeple in this way. Presumably, if they could find a way to download iPhones for free, they would do that, too.
At the risk of stating the obvious: Stealing intellectual property is far easier than stealing an iPhone. There’s no tangible object, no consequences. A lot of people don’t even recognize it as stealing. And while it seems like significant strides are being made in educating people about how it IS in fact stealing even when it’s not something you can hold it in your hand, and how that stealing has serious, real-world consequences for musicians who are eking out an income, I don’t think that all the education in the world is going to matter much. The hard truth is that people will steal stuff if it’s easy enough.
Frankly, I don’t think that the issue comes down to viewing artists as “magical unicorns” that can “live on air.” Not even poor old Emily White believes that, much anyone who’s likely to read this article.