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Word War I

I remember life being much better, simpler before I knew any of the following words: ____-shaming/bullying AI/algorithm Appropriation Big Data Binge-watch Buzzfeed/HuffPo/Upworthy Citizens United Click-through/Content marketing/SEO Co-working Coffee/brew/latte/Grande/roast/java Comic-Con Cosplay Disruption/bootstrap/exit/pivot Engagement Evangelical Experiential Fanboy Foodie Fracking Gamer Gerrymandering GMO Hacking Hashtag Hoodie Human trafficking Imam/cleric/jihad/fatwa/fundamentalist Inequality Influencer/Thought-leader IoT IRL Kanye Kardashian Listicle Militarization MOOC …

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Impervious No More

I thought I was better than you. You were weak. I was strong. I thought I could resist. I did not. Now, I am a coffee junkie. No, I still don’t drink it in the morning – or malfunction until the drug hits my bloodstream. But suddenly I need a hit in the afternoon to …

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How Combative Atheism is Like The Gay Rights Movement, but Less Fabulous

For a while, I was enamored with the idea of aggressive non-believers like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Bill Maher. Sure, every generation is becoming less religious, even if measured in p0rn downloads alone. Yet the non-believer must still lurk in the shadows – or risk being ‘the weird one’ in every room. Combative atheists offer those weirdos something special: balls. It parallels …

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