from word of the wise department

This week, our first winner on the insight side is drkkgt with a comment about the Texas school district banning all books that were flagged for review:

Personally, I think these libraries should then be required to post a prominent list of books that have been removed, author, ISBN, publisher, date published, why they were removed and the name of the person /of the group that requested it.

Second, this is a comment about Devin Nunes claiming the right to an intact reputation:

Reputations are earned, not rights…

Devin Nunes is “entitled” to exactly the reputation he has earned, in all aspects, by his actions and his life story. Like any of us, including Devin’s cow. Mr. Nunes has, through his actions and associations, earned – every bit – the online ridicule and derision that tags and follows him… and every lawsuit and tantrum in court earns him more of his reputation. That he doesn’t seem to understand that earns him a little more. Carry on, Devin, and let us see you also earn a reputation for learning slowly.

For the editor’s pick on the insightful side, we start with a comment from That One Guy about the Secret Service erasing the January 6 insurrection texts:

“Oh no, all that incriminating evidence is gone, it’s terrible…”

I think they lost that data because of an “honest mistake” just like I think police body cameras “coincidentally” seem to malfunction just when things start happening that they might not want to record.

Yeah, every last person involved should be fired and kicked out already get a government job again at the very least, and then be charged with obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence.

Next is Stephen T. Stone with a response to Eve 6 singer Max Collins’ argument that owning media is now an act of countercultural defiance:

I can give a perfect example of what they are talking about: World Wrestling Entertainment.

WWE’s home video release involved feature-length documentary DVDs and Blu-rays and collections of classic content…until WWE Network came along. Shortly after the network’s launch, WWE slowly scaled back its physical media releases. It has completely stopped releasing Blu-rays and now only releases a handful of DVDs (mostly for pay-per-view live events…sorry, premium) per year. Even after the standalone network service transitioned to Peacock (in the US), WWE remains a company with a vast library of content that can only be seen through a subscription streaming service.

Between this example and Disney refusing to release its Disney+ Originals on physical media, the direction is clear: Megacorps don’t want you to own anything because they want you to pay rent to access anything. what part of culture⁠ – for the rest of your life.

On the fun side, our first place winner is melonlord highlighting a particularly fun excerpt from the court ruling tossing out the Stop WOKE Act:

From page 30:

“If this were true, the Due Process Clause would condone laws containing the most incomprehensible stream-of-consciousness word salads so long as they used actual words. See generally James Joyce, Finnegans Wake (1939).

This judge lol

Second, this is radix with a response to those who claim the attack on Salman Rushdie was somehow caused by social media:

After it was published in 1989, Rushdie, his publisher, and the book’s sellers received death threats, bounties, and even assassination attempts pretty much constantly for 15 years before “social media” was even a term.

This is clearly Twitter’s fault.

For editor’s pick on the fun side, we start with That One Guy and a response to radix’s comment:

Can’t you see this proves how bad social media is, it could have caused all of this before it even existed.

Social media is so toxic and dangerous that time itself has been twisted to allow it to influence people before the relevant companies and platforms existed, and if that’s not proof of the seriousness of media social, I don’t know what it is.

Finally, we have a quip from Toom1275 about hole digging in progress by Devin Nunes:

Nunes could have remained silent and been considered a fool. Instead, he sued a cow for defamation and cleared up any doubts.

That’s all for this week, folks!