You Are What You Click

I commend to you this excellent essay by Gracy Olmstead on our current American news culture. The entire piece is well-worth your time and reflection, but I want to zero in on one particular point Gracy makes. Toward the end of the essay Gracy says that "the news you click on is the news you [...]

Writing Ourselves Off

Freddie deBoer explains why he's planning to drop out of the freelance business: I just find, at this point, that the process of pitching, composing, shepherding through edits, promoting, and trying to get paid sucks the life out of me. The commercial interests of publications require editors to ask for things that are tied to [...]

Wrong is Wrong, and Hypocrisy Doesn’t Change That

Recounting the events of today: An American comedian posted to social media a picture that included a likeness of the President in an extremely vulgar, grotesque, and at least plausibly threatening context. There was widespread outrage and condemnation of the image. Virtually no one of consequence defended the comedian or her content. Nonetheless, that didn't [...]

Gotta Trust Somebody

My intention with my last post was to make a very small, but very important point. Discernment is not cynicism, and cynicism is not discernment. What passes for critical thinking is often nothing more than a defense mechanism, wired specifically to keep presuppositions from coming into contact with pushback, disappointment, or worst of all, contrary reality. [...]

Cynicism vs Discernment

Cynicism: "I don't believe these news reports because they critique or reflect poorly on those in my political tribe." Discernment: "Of course, I have my convictions and my loyalties, but everyone, including me, is capable of doing wrong." Cynicism: "The problem is clearly that these media outlets have an agenda against my tribe. You can't trust them." Discernment: "Bias is real, [...]

4 Requests to Young Evangelical Writers

Please don't believe, or write as if you believe, that your personal experiences are a fully reliable path to understanding. Everyone who has life has experiences, and those experiences do shape us in meaningful ways. But here's the problem: Different people have different experiences, and different experiences can yield wildly different, even contradictory, notions of reality. [...]