Tractor Blogging

Culture’s appar­ent­ly-grow­ing will­ing­ness to iden­ti­fy and berate hurt­ful speech, and *I* am elop­ing to rur­al Amer­i­ca for a break from the news.

I am no Dave Pell - I have most­ly abstained from the Email Toke - but I thought I’d include some hyper­link-flood­ed accom­pa­ny­ing remarks to this week’s newslet­ter this time to give you a bit more to chew on.
It seems like The Verge’s Megan Farokhmanesh was the per­fect writer for a front-page fea­ture on the sil­li­er bits of the World Wide Web. What I found using Tim Holman’s The Use­less Web spurred nos­tal­gia for a time when my friends and I spent way too much time on Web 1.0,” a very very dif­fer­ent place. I found this ran­dom error gen­er­a­tor, which is much too enter­tain­ing, and learned that there are 29 sea­sons of Cops thanks to this util­i­ty.
 
(This bit about Ravens also made the front page, which is a good rea­son to con­tin­ue check­ing it at all.)
Since The Nie­man Lab’s fea­ture on The Dai­ly Yon­der, I’ve been read­ing it fre­quent­ly. You’d be sur­prised how many gaps it fills that you didn’t know you had. A Sun­day dri­ve as a means of cel­e­brat­ing chang­ing rur­al life” is one of those argu­ments only they can make. 
 
The Out­line’s big pho­to fea­tures are con­sis­tent­ly cap­ti­vat­ing, and this one focus­ing on imagery of the Amer­i­can flag in Cuba is no excep­tion. 
 
Liv­ing amongst the mid­dle-class, gen­tri­fi­ca­tion is the often the most (or, first) obvi­ous form of DIVISION, so it’s sur­pris­ing that the tele­vi­sion net­work HGTV is not cited/examined more often in the con­text of class crit­i­cism. “Like ven­ture cap­i­tal­ism and find­ing a roman­tic part­ner, many peo­ple learn about home own­er­ship from tele­vi­sion and one espe­cial­ly pop­u­lar chan­nel in par­tic­u­lar: HGTV.” 
 
Some­how, plen­ty of for-prof­it sports teams still have very racist mas­cots. Right now, a bill is being pro­posed in Mass­a­chu­setts that could result in 37 schools under legal oblig­a­tion to change their brand­ing, if it pass­es. 
 
Open Culture’s heads-up regard­ing the new­ly-avail­able Der Sturm archive is inter­est­ing, but their actu­al down­load links are always unnec­es­sar­i­ly hid­den, so I made you oneBackchan­nel is mov­ing. Now we’ll be host­ed on Wired’s site, rather than on Medi­um.”
 
Unless Wired imple­ments some seri­ous fix­es to its web pres­ence, this is noth­ing more than a move from a bad CMS to a bro­ken one. 
 
In meta news, our new mast­head is live, and we’ve found a suf­fi­cient aux­il­iary beat in trac­tor blog­ging to final­ly get some good sleep.
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