Do Video Games Cause Real World Violence?

This week, Kelly returns to the show to challenge the integrity of an old, old, old talking point so often trotted out in the wake of mass shootings (in that impossible space between “let the families grieve” and “politicize the tragedy”). How to explain the epidemic of gun deaths and massacres in this country? I don’t know. Ms. Pac-Man? Even though war veterans will tell you first-person shooters don’t adequately capture the trauma of combat (despite developers’ best… efforts?) and the sleeve-worn biases of ’90s-born moral panic, we’re back with the soft reboot of “video games cause problems,” which fell upon perhaps a new generation of ears, this time uncaring, Fortniting. … More Do Video Games Cause Real World Violence?

How Can We Best Protect People from Trump?

Your Good Friends are back from their escapist apocalypse to the very real one to check in on the impact of the president and the administration. Who are those most vulnerable in 2019 and is there anything we can do about it? Well, I got an answer, and it rhymes with “boat,” like the boat I’m gonna take back to Korea in 2020. For fuck’s sake, what a cliche — “vote.” Yeah, we’re not feeling so hot this week, reeling at both the human rights abuses and the seeming impossibility of American democracy rejecting the parasite of tyranny, whose envoy is only one part of a greater reaction to globalism. So, what are we left with? Is impeachment the fastest, strongest route? Can the immigration infrastructure be fine-tuned to best help people who need asylum? What can we do from now until 2020? Except for buy a boat? … More How Can We Best Protect People from Trump?

Evangelion Pregame

Your handsome and not-weird cohosts, in their unyielding discipline, have set the episode after next to be about Neon Genesis Evangelion, but perhaps jumped the rail gun just a touch. We’re both less than ten episodes in, but our excitement floweth over like an LCL flood. Misato forever ❤ … More Evangelion Pregame

Forgiveness as Exchange: “The Shape of Outrage” Follow-Up

To recap, on the most recent Questions: We Don’t Have Answers, Donovan and I threw together a mess of topics and spoke to them as if we were clear on the throughline. We began with James Gunn’s unfortunate firing by Disney off of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, for which it was safe to assume he’d return to direct, we brought in the Arenanet scandal — another unfortunate firing, to say the least — and then considered Chloe Dykstra and the unfortunate non-firing of the talking dead himself, Chris Hardwick. But one case is clear cut and another raises issues that have been swirling around in Donovan’s head for a while (the shape of outrage), and were new and infuriating to me (this “but what you didn’t know, was James Gunn is good” that seemed to come out of nowhere). … More Forgiveness as Exchange: “The Shape of Outrage” Follow-Up

The Shape of Outrage

No discernible question tonight, but a juggle of topics with our buddy James Gunn the tip of the spear. Reasonably, we didn’t set a metric for how high-profile people like Daniel Tosh became better men, and now we ask that question but with no language in place. For the co-hosts, too, a key disagreement on the value. This issue is intersected by a range of topics, like political correctness vs. “free speech,” pop liberalism, corporate morality, Republican hypocrisy, male anxiety over female power, creating versus assuming space, the morality of hatred, and the real difficulties of checks against systemic abuse. … More The Shape of Outrage