Why his Appearance on Colbert Proved Just How Neutered Comedians and Journalists have Become

America is a country at war. It’s a cold, uncivil Civil War where each side goes to battle every day on social media and in mainstream media. We tear each other apart without actual weapons. Clickbait headlines that go viral will do enough damage. Maybe someone will get fired. We go along with headlines and narratives we know aren’t true because they support our side of the fight.

It really did used to be the job of comedians to speak truth to power, to challenge the established order, to mock the pretentious, expose the hypocrisy and say things most people…


I have been online half my life. I turned to the internet and away from real life in 1994. William White, aka @whiteyy18 on TikTok would not be born until a year after I launched my own website around 2000. I’d already lived a whole life by then, a life that had turned out badly for me. I’d dropped out of graduate film school to chase a man who was recently dumped by his wife — what I didn’t know then was that, as Meg Ryan says in When Harry Met Sally, “he’s never gonna leave her.” My friends, they…


It was the frog in boiling water, how we all migrated online and put our most private personal data, attention, time, energy and trust into Big Tech. That was a mistake. I got online in 1994, way before the internet was swallowed up by a handful of Silicon Valley wizards. Back then, it was wide open. I was able to build my own website, awardsdaily.com, which I’ve had for 20 years. I lived much of my life online as an immigrant to this new world. Every generation that came after me doesn’t know what life was like before the internet…


For the 2,000 or so who have subscribed to this Medium profile I thought I would give you a heads up about how and why my perspective has changed so dramatically in the past year. While my political beliefs have not changed much, I have left the Democratic Party and am now a registered independent.

On Twitter, on my website and on my Substack, and certainly on Facebook (which I no longer use) people have come to know me since these platforms began. (Other than on my own site, which predates social media and has been online since 1999) most…


But does it even matter?

“In the age of Facebook and Instagram you can observe this myth-making process more clearly than ever before, because some of it has been outsourced from the mind to the computer. It is fascinating and terrifying to behold people who spend countless hours constructing and embellishing a perfect self online, becoming attached to their own creation, and mistaking it for the truth about themselves.20 …


How did mask wearing become such a partisan issue? How has it, like dealing with Climate Change, become a “symbol” of the left when it is simply a protection against a deadly disease? The left will say It’s ALL TRUMP’S FAULT! That’s partly true. But the left has also used the mask as a symbol of “better than” and helped to push the conflict to the extreme. It didn’t have to be like this. Regardless of collective outrage and fury at Trump, that was no excuse to turn a simple mask into a weapon of war.

Let’s start at the…


In their book Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future, Roy Williams and Michael Drew map out how society repeats itself in cycles. In their book, the pendulum shift is a 40 year span. But there are other ways to see how the pendulum can swing in American culture. If John F. Kennedy inspired a cultural renaissance that led to a counter culture revolution, which eventually swung in the opposite direction to Ronald Reagan, one can see how the arc went from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The next big culture quake on the left happened…


With Ryan Adams

Last year, we made the case for why Joe Biden would be our best bet against Donald Trump. I thought Bernie Sanders was the candidate that would bring on another 1972-like situation as the one thing guaranteed to drive voters to oppose, more than anything else, is socialism. But that was before the pandemic hit, crashed the economy, and sent the country into a fear and panic spiral.

It was before Biden committed to choosing a female Veep, and it was before the murder of George Floyd sent the country reeling, with protests in all 50 state…


Conversation and Debate is Better than Dehumanization and Suppression of Speech

As a lifelong Democrat who has been fighting on what I thought was the right side I have never been so disappointed with how things have evolved than the reaction to this letter. While the critics of it do not represent “the Democrats” or “The Left,” they represent the loudest voices, which in turn seem to be setting the tone of how people should be reacting to what amounts to a plea for more compassion, less judgment, open hearts and open minds.

It was met with resistance for two…


Just because they tell you to sit down and shut up does not mean you have to

[My “day job” is as the founding editor of AwardsDaily.com, a website that follows the Oscar race. This is a crosspost from a piece written there]

It won’t be easy for West Side Story to withstand the blow it was dealt when anonymous accusations surfaced this week. Steven Spielberg’s hotly anticipated movie, scheduled to open just before Christmas, will now face intense scrutiny about the alleged behavior of its male lead six years ago. A girl’s painful confession on Twitter blew up, and…

Sasha Stone

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