By the time you finish reading this paragraph, you’ll probably hate me a little bit. Why? Because I think what likely motivates your deeply-held political beliefs—emotion—is making modern politics the disaster it is today. It’s your fault. Well, okay, not entirely, but we’re told to fight for our beliefs passionately, and that passion might be the very thing that blinds us all to even-keeled, rational solution. And if you’re not pissed, wait till I go after your feel-fueled, third-rail issue. And no, I myself am not above this. The one thing I promise is that I got a lot of feels and I hate myself more than you ever could. I go to therapy for it.
Who am I?
I’m a media burnout turned failed startup bro who came back to media. I told you, I hate myself. Before failing at tech, I spent 5 years working in TV, documentary TV, and cable news. I left that world because the content was toxic. All my superiors (well, usually their boss TBH) leaned on me to pump out bombastic clickable copy. Nuance, logic, and thoughtfulness never made “good TV.” So I left New York City, the cable news center of the universe, and moved to Seattle, WA. What I learned is that toxic debate dominates local politics here as well. Y’all are not as passive as the stereotype.
Why listen to me?
That’s up to you. But, I’m going to admit to being someone with evolving views. I would never bet my life on any assertion made on this site. That doesn’t make me unreliable, it makes me believable. The people we should fear most are the ones who refuse to admit error. For example, I voted for George W. Bush in my first eligible election in 2004. I knew my New York State vote wouldn’t matter, but this was the wrong call on my part.