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Friday, August 21st, 2020

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Sam Esmail talks about how he wrote Mr Robot (youtube.com)


Mr. Robot is an amazing TV show and it has a complex interwoven narrative. In my own efforts to be a better storyteller as a writer and as a DM, I am fascinated by its writing. This was a good interview that explains how Esmail wrote it.

"How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?" - Seth Godin

I posted this quote to my Facebook six years ago and it resonates with me today how much of this sentence and what it means comes from privilege. In general, when comparing with 20, 40, 100 years ago, yes it is easier to be remarkable. But it's not equally easy for everyone. I am a white CIS male born into a middle class family and much of my life is based off of that running start in the societal race. And it's a shift in thinking that we all need to have that life isn't equally easy (or equally hard (or equally anything.))

AI kills Air Force pilot in dog fight simulation 5-0 (breakingdefense.com)

The Economist magazine puts the economic value of wearing the mask at over $56/day (app.getpocket.com)

Parent Vloggers, adoption, and when it goes wrong (thecut.com)

The story is not a fun one, a YouTube couple adopted a special needs child from China and after a few years they dissoluted the adoption as the needs for the child were greater than they could provide. Ostensibly.

I am inclined to believe them, but even in the best light the YouTube influencer life puts this sort of awful life decision out in the public record and for public perception.

I can't help but consider the future when the child grows up. Will he know he was a YouTube star for a few years of his childhood with another family? What happens when he finds out?

Bottom line, YouTube and parent vloggers is a weird dynamic.

2020 feels like a year that will be a major point in history books. I was going to say, "US politics aside" because I think this year has so much going on even outside of US politics, but as I think about the year, it all is so intertwined I'm not sure I can actually say that. Except Tiger King, I guess.

'Grannies for justice': Seven seniors arrested for sit-in for Breonna Taylor justice (usatoday.com)

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