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Weaponized Metacommunication


If you want to understand how Social Justice, Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings, and “Cultural Appropriation” came about, you should learn about metacommunication.

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Post-Mortem Analysis of the Feminism Debate, Part III


[Update 2017.10 – This series has gotten a lot of attention lately. It appears that it’s become an ancillary part of another discussion on a discussion forum. Welcome! I encourage you to read the followup to this series, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forums, for an epilogue to the discussion.] This is the final article in…

Post-Mortem Analysis of the Feminism Debate, Part II


This is the second in a 3-part series on an analysis of the Feminism Debate between Sargon of Akkad and Dr. Kristi Winters on April 30, 2016. This was a formal debate between two prominent YouTube personalities and tackled the highly-emotional topic in a structured and formal fashion. In the first part, we gave a short overview of the debate…

My Response to Snopes’ Response to Me


Claim: Snopes claims that Emory University students didn’t lose their minds over chalk graffiti that said “Trump 2016” What’s True: Snopes focused on the media aftermath What’s False: Everything related to the event itself I woke up this morning to a message from a friend that I had been included in a Snopes article. In particular, Snopes had decided to…

Balancing Act: The Struggle Between Orality and Linearity in Computer-Mediated Communication


This is a recovery of a peer-reviewed article published in 1996 in the New Jersey Journal of Communication (now the Atlantic Journal of Communication). Full Citation: Metz, J. M. (1996). Balancing act: The struggle between orality and linearity in computer mediated communication. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 4, 61-70.000

A Brief History of the Internet


You probably thought that the Internet was created to survive a nuclear attack. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the true origins of the Internet had no military usage whatsoever. How do I know? I talked to several people who actually created the Internet (well, it was called the ARPANET back then). I took the material from…

Global Warming, Intelligent Design, and The Null Hypothesis


You’re probably not going to read this. It’s long. It’s technical. People just don’t want to read long, technical material any more. There aren’t going to be any pretty pictures, and there will be a minimum of snark. What’s more, this is one of those posts that is going to upset a lot of people, both liberal and conservative alike. It’s…

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