This has been a long week. My analysis of Elliot Rodger's relationship to whiteness and white masculinity has gotten much attention from both supporters and detractors across the ideological spectrum. To my eyes, that is a good thing--if white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, "mainstream conservatives" and some liberals are upset that you stated an obvious truth then you did good.
I also spoke with a racial chauvinist on his radio show. The experience was tedious. It was also good practice. By comparison, I had a great conversation with graphic novelist Box Brown. Our chat will be one of the last podcasts for Season 2 of the series.
This week was one of the busiest traffic wise since WARN began with several posts going viral on Facebook (20k plus hits and thousands of total comments online). I would like to thank those of you who commented, shared, or otherwise helped to circulate my work on the Elliot Rodger's mass murder.
Next week, I have one more post to share--actually the first podcast for season 2.5--on Elliot Rodger in the form of an interview about the topic of white masculinity, violence, and aggrieved entitlement. June will also be our fundraising month here on WARN. I do not advertise on the site, which would have brought some decent money this week given the spike in traffic, but instead do a twice a year fundraiser. If you can, and are able, please do throw a few pennies in the collection bowl.
It is time to cleanse our palate from the sick taste created by the Elliot Rodger saga. Ginger does this in Japanese cuisine. Likewise, a nice sparkling water or Pellegrino soda is a natural pairing with Italian food. For me, when I need to cleanse my mental palate I go to the casino, feed the birds and squirrels, take a long walk on the lake, or watch a mindless movie (or three) at the cinema.
What is your preferred way of hitting the mental "reset" button?
The media's fixation and fascination with the Elliot Rodger murder has sucked up time and energy that could have been spent elsewhere. What matters of significant and long-term public concern have been overlooked and/or under discussed this week? Any news items of finds that you would like to share?
The V.A. scandal? The combat in Ukraine? The admission by the Pentagon that the war in Afghanistan was lost years ago?
As is our habit on Fridays do treat this as a semi-open thread.