Month: August 2016

I’m From Alabama

I got into an friendly argument with a friend recently when I mentioned that I was strongly considering moving away from Alabama to pursue more career opportunities. I live in the most populated city in Alabama–Birmingham–and this place has always struggled to stand out among so many great tourist-friendly southern cities like Atlanta, New Orleans,…
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I’m a Sucker For a Good Guy

I could be wrong, but I feel like previous generations created their media in a more idealized way. Characters were a lot less morally ambiguous, for the most part. You always knew who the good guy was. There was a kind of optimism and hope that I feel is missing from a lot of modern…
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What’s My Personality Type?

I get asked pretty frequently what my MBTI personality type is. If you’re not familiar, MBTI refers to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator which is a questionnaire designed to implement a theory of the different types of personalities that humans can have that was first proposed by psychotherapist Carl Jung. If you’ve ever seen someone describe themselves…
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Anxiety Thought Vomit

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I’ve begun to frequently experience anxiety. It seems that for most people this begins at a young age, but as far as I can remember, this isn’t something I dealt with when I was a teenager or younger. I was much more stoic and unaffected by things back…
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The Wage Gap and “Conventional Wisdom”

Often, an idea will pop up that defies conventional wisdom.  Sometimes these are mere hoaxes and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that are advanced by paranoid analysis of coincidences and unusual phenomena about which the speakers are usually ignorant. The recent revelation that rapper B.o.B. was a flat-earther was accompanied by supposed “evidence” of the earth’s lack of roundness, such as…
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The New Wave of YouTube “Skeptics”

If you follow social justice topics on the internet, it’s likely that you’ve been made aware of several popular YouTubers who have developed followings by making videos that are harshly critical of mainstream social movements like feminism and Black Lives Matter. I don’t think these groups are or should be immune from criticism, and I…
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Reading My First Tweets

This is a more fun and light-hearted video than usual, and I’m intending to do more stuff like this to break up all the talk of serious issues. That’s not to say there’s nothing substantial though. From reading my old tweets I got a sense of my mindset almost 6 years ago, and I even…
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“It’s Not My Job to Educate You!”

Personally, I think effective communication is essential in order to gain sympathizers to your cause. This is why most successful movements have notable and memorable leaders who communicated the message in a way that was accessible by a large variety of people. In my view effective communication is, among other things, assertive and stern, but…
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Sympathy for Pre-Teens

The older I get (i’m 31 now), I find it harder and harder to relate to kids and teenagers, which is of course what you would expect. The way they speak, the things they’re into, etc. are just on a different wavelength than anything I remember. But one thing that I think seems to persist…
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