>[...] it’s clear major progressive outlets either don’t want to step into the fray at all or have decided [...] to outsource their journalism to activists committed to rather myopic narratives [...]. Sometimes they do that by having actual activists write opinion pieces — nothing wrong with that, of course, as long as there’s also real journalism going on to balance things out — and sometimes by hiring journalists who are effectively stenographers for those activists.

Do you have any thoughts/opinions on the recent antifa/journalists controversy that seemed to start on Quillette's "It’s Not Your Imagination: The Journalists Writing About Antifa Are Often Their Cheerleaders" https://quillette.com/2019/05/29/its-not-your-imagination-the-journalists-writing-about-antifa-are-often-their-cheerleaders/ and culminating in a Columbia Journalism Review article? https://www.cjr.org/analysis/quillette-antifa-journalist-smear-campaign.php From the part that I've excerpted above, it seems like your professional opinion is that there is definite truth behind the claims that apparently CJR is saying is at least misleadingly overblown, but at worst an outright hoax.

I'm mostly deeply confused as to why Twitter follows are simultaneously considered a strong reason to condemn a person (the widely praised ggautoblocker systematically blocked people based on their follows: https://reason.com/2015/04/10/areyoublocked/ and Pewdiepie's follows were cited as proof of alt-right ties https://www.vox.com/2018/12/13/18136253/pewdiepie-vs-tseries-links-to-white-supremacist-alt-right-redpill) and a perfectly normal and innocuous result of digital interconnectedness.

As a person who has officially tangled yourself with deeply problematic people (Girls Chat hosted IMC and Glenn Greenwald, so now you're second-degree cancelled, in addition to all previous cancellings) are you worried about making it into the next iteration of the Intellectual Dark Web or Alternative Influencer Network? When did you find out you were a white nationalist?

Expand full comment

“I hear from both professors and editors who haven’t said a word, publicly, about what they’re seeing around them, but who are frustrated by it and wish they could speak up.”

Unfortunately, their silence speaks volumes and is taken to denote assent. I wonder just how many of them there are, proportionally. How hollow is academia and publishing etc.?

Anyway, thanks for this and keep on noodging!

Expand full comment