Complaints

I miss carbohydrates I miss the conviction That rotten floorboards beneath my feet Will give in at some later date When I’ve moved on to greater things That are owed to me by fate. I miss kissing him Outside that restaurant (See how I’m not addressing him? It must prove that I am repentant). I… More Complaints

Why it sucks to be a journalist (and why people do it anyway)

In the West, the news is a commodity, a product. And the customer is always right. If you’re not giving the customer what they want – you’re usually screwed. In places like Russia, the news is more like a government-owned resource. And the government gets to set the agenda on how said resource will be… More Why it sucks to be a journalist (and why people do it anyway)

James Foley’s critics are the real cowards

And when I talk about his critics, I don’t just mean Charles C. Johnson (although, seriously, screw that guy). Since news of Foley’s beheading by ISIS first broke, I’ve seen enough depressing Facebook “debate” that basically argues that gee, isn’t it sad that this journalist was slaughtered – but couldn’t he have been a little… More James Foley’s critics are the real cowards

In which I spend entirely too much time responding to the same damn argument creepy Ukraine crisis trolls ALWAYS make around here

Recent articles on paid troll organizations in Russia haven’t surprised me – ’cause they’re not that recent a phenomenon (though lately, it seems, they are going after Western publications with a vengeance). The thing about a paid troll is that you can rationalize their actions. When I get messages that are apparently sincere in their utter… More In which I spend entirely too much time responding to the same damn argument creepy Ukraine crisis trolls ALWAYS make around here