A warning: I have used images from the current Charlottesville State of Emergency to illustrate some points.

I’ve been doing what a lot of people have over the past few days, looking over pictures, retweeting, seeing debates flash past my timeline, wondering how this most recent bizarre chapter is going to play out. …


There are tons of op-eds floating around Medium, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr… about Cultural Appropriation, sensitivity, and basic inclusion being a stupid SJW distraction harassing “well meaning” people, who think labels divide us. A useless “toxic concept” for “identity politics” advocates to rageblog whenever a white guy eats eggrolls. It’s why liberals always lose. Except… it’s none of those. It’s a simple concept with a mass of noise around it, making a real 1st world Gordian Knot that really needs cutting.

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I’ll start here: Soldiers from India were at Dunkirk in World War II. That’s it really, a simple fact. Nonetheless Christopher Nolan skipped the lascars in his recent all-twink flag waver for no reason, which makes it a lie. …


H. Bomberguy is a youtuber with a fair following (118k subscribers as of writing) and has vlogs about game design and concept analysis. I discovered his work through the tantalizingly titled YouTube video Fallout 3 is Garbage, and Here’s Why. I watched the polemic entranced. One complaint echoed a common topic in gaming and demonstrated how difficult it was stating the problem accurately.

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Within his screed he made a passing point on games causing play-style: routine challenges cause routine solutions. It was a clever insight, and similar to an issue I’d noticed too. Watching a few vloggers complaining about Anita Sarkeesian I said critics didn’t address her arguments, but her person. …

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