Pope with bear on head and two bears at feet.

Friday Roundup

On January 29th, 2016 in Quibbles

Whew. We made it through another week, and some of us on the east coast even braved a blizzard. But, was it worth it? Let’s find out.


Cool Pope Francis said something totally uncool, but I guess no one noticed because they are super hyped for the app he is developing, and it looks like he’s working on making it available for iOS too!

He’s in good company, though, as his neighbors in Italy continue to be the only western country to not recognize gay marriage. This of course puts them at risk of loss of profits from businesses and tourist, oh and also of dehumanizing an entire group of people.

But, the good news is in a totally unprecedented win for civil rights SNL perfectly shut down the Academy, Mic and all the rest of media twitter reports. That’s right, the academy is closed, and the Oscars are cancelled! Perfectly! Not a hitch in the plan, and systemic prejudice is gone forever! All thanks to the wonderfully diverse SNL who has never.  had a problem. like this. ever.

In further discussion of knocking down walls, Shannon Keating imagined the end of the closet over at BuzzFeed.

“If anything, the more people who claim queerness, the more normalized it will become and the less fanfare it will inspire. That isn’t to say, though, that queer people should have to keep explaining themselves ad nauseum — especially because it isn’t always safe.”

I for one look forward to our androgynous, pansexual overlords.


Why didn’t you tell me The Verge did a profile on you?


In an impressive rally from what has been a rough year for Jack Dorsey, Twitter announced several executives and the head of Vine are quitting. Executive branding on point.

Down the block Facebook had some troubles of its own as its definitely-not-evil plan to give internet access to poor people hit a snag in India.  All this despite aggressively cheery rebranding, and claims that “Nuh uh, it really is free.” and “Unbelievable I know, but we definitely get absolutely nothing out of it!”


DON’T BURN YOURSELF ON A FIRE PIECE OF WRITING FROM TA-NEHISI COATES THIS WEEK.

“In the American system of government, refusing to vote for the less-than-ideal is a vote for something much worse. Even when you don’t choose, you choose. But you can choose with your skepticism fully intact. You can choose in full awareness of the insufficiency of your options, without elevating those who would have us forget into prophets. You can choose and still push, demanding more. It really isn’t too much to say, if you’re going to govern a country, you should know its history.”

OH MAN SOMEONE GET THE ENTIRE POLITICAL INSTITUTION IN THIS COUNTRY SOME ICE FOR THAT BURN.


Anil Dash on  the need for comment moderation and holding platforms accountable.

I want a new deal era jobs program but for raising a workforce to build a better comment infrastructure.


All in all I guess I don’t regret shoveling out of my house. Happy weekend.