Media Diary (August 2022)

Some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (TV): Nobody’s more surprised than I am that I went on (and really enjoyed) a deep Lakers history binge this month, led by this awesome series…

Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers (TV): …continuing with this riveting documentary…

Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (Movie): …and on to this, I guess I’m a jock now?

Prey (Movie): Absolutely fabulous

Fed Up (Podcast): Fiber drama!

House of The Dragon (TV): Off to a solid start

Light & Magic (TV): What flat-out mindblowing careers

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (TV): She’s fantastic

American Scandal: Edward Snowden (Podcast): I love this show’s general vibe, and obviously this season’s subject is fascinating

Pleasure (Movie): After some pretty bleak stuff, the ending was a nice touch

Running with the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee (Movie): Bummed that they didn’t cover his “I’ll eat my own dick” challenge, but otherwise solid

The Sandman (TV): Still pretty early with this, but along for the ride

One Year: 1986 (Podcast): Have a feeling this season’s gonna hit me right in the memories

Nathan For You (TV): I’d somehow never watched this incredible show after all these years, and was spurred on by The Rehearsal

Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 (TV): What a hellscape

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes (Movie): That roof clearing duty 💀

Dreaming Walls: Inside The Chelsea Hotel (Movie): What a vibe

D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! (TV): I was only loosely familiar with his story, and enjoyed learning all the details

The Most Hated Man on The Internet (TV): What a piece of work


😲 Clutching your pearls? Perfect!

What a week! Setting aside the tragic deaths, attacks and unfolding espionage investigation, this clip of Texas politician Beto O’Rourke made the rounds:

After posting it as an Instagram story (I know, gross, but sometimes you’ve got to slum it to reach certain people), I fairly quickly had an interesting DM conversation that echoed a few of the sentiments in this NPR piece that’s now making the rounds/getting rightfully dunked on.

Some specific points of overlap:

  • He did this in front of kids!
  • This type of shocking language distracted from the message he was trying to deliver.
  • Public officials should be held to a higher standard.

As the NPR article concludes: “It’s harmful to our politics because it becomes more difficult to conduct politics and find that middle ground on issues.”

So (cracks knuckles)…

Did he just get carried away in the moment? Totally possible.

Was dropping “motherfucker” a fully-calculated political move? Also quite possible.

Are we all talking about it? Absolutely.

Here’s the thing about his reaction: he’s either 1) honestly passionate enough about gun control that he he let his emotions take hold or 2) a savvy enough politician to know that a strategic “motherfucker” would bring social media eyeballs back to this issue (and of course his campaign).

In this year of our Algorithms that is 2022, I’m fully in support of either option. A person that’s generally composed and restrained, but once in a while shocks everyone with an unexpected burst of passion can be a powerful messenger, and help cut through a general sea of public cluelessness and/or apathy, especially around an issue where there should be no “middle ground” for any sane person.

After all, this approach worked pretty well for a generally chill guy when he saw what a bunch of moneylenders were up to in the temple.

And as I’ve said before, finger wagging over a “naughty” word while staying silent on (or worse, refusing to learn about or actively opposing) common sense gun control reforms is a real “why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” situation.

If you’re more worried about innocent little Destiny and Brayden hearing a bad word than about them getting brutally murdered in their own classrooms, you need to get your head examined. Profanity over insanity all day long. Spare me your impotent outrage, and (with love), kindly go fuck yourself.