Monthly Archives: October 2018

Economies of scale: How one person starts an avalanche

by Penny Robo “Why are all these people coming forward now?” “Where were they before?” “How come nobody said a thing till someone else did first?” The idea is this: a famous person has an accusation of misconduct thrown their … Continue reading

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The partisan double standard: Democrats are accused too — Republicans are just worse

by Penny Robo Through the rampant coverage over the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a particular talking point has risen to the surface, not necessarily from the people actually in charge (who may have to directly respond to … Continue reading

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“Virtue signaling”: The hypothetical horror, and when it’s real

by Penny Robo Memories came flooding when I heard the accusation against a certain piece of media that it was “virtue signaling” through its diversity. The show isn’t important, as almost anything will get accused of that when it features … Continue reading

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Star Trek sucks at gender

by Penny Robo Since that first pilot episode (a “proof-of-concept” designed to pitch a potential television series to a network or studio) back in 1965, Star Trek was not content to adhere to the conventional wisdom of what constituted a … Continue reading

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They need it to be true: Bad science as a shield against self-examination

by Penny Robo While many outlets and pundits trumpeted the same idea, it was perhaps the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of Littman’s ROGD “study” that encapsulated the ridiculousness of it all, of the concept that the backlash was a fight … Continue reading

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