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The Masks Are Off

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One unexpected benefit of the pandemic is how easy it is to see who’s a selfish prick. Previously you could really only guess at that. Sure, you could pick up hints from how they were standing, or whether they were in the process of berating serving staff, but you couldn’t be sure. Now, though, at least in my part of the world, where it has become mandatory to wear a mask while out of the house, you can see with just one glance who doesn’t give a crap about their fellow citizens.

For example, today I passed by a woman who had a mask dangling from her chin while holding a coffee. So I could tell that she cared about me a little, but not more than her coffee. Two people who stood on opposite sides of the path while holding dogs on leads cared to avoid breathing all over each other, but not so much about everyone trying to divert around them. The dude who pounded past with no mask, breathing all over everyone, didn’t give a single shit.

I really like how this is so clear. Obviously the selfishness itself isn’t great. We can do without that. But you can’t fix a problem without identifying it, and for that, this mask business is super helpful.

I’m not saying we could fix a lot of societal problems by rounding these people up and firing them into the sun. That would be silly. Accurate. But silly. Because we’re not going to be allowed to do that. Also, you know, once you get into rounding people up, for whatever reason, that has a bad vibe. We don’t want to start with that.

We have to live with these people—even though, clearly, they don’t care much about living with us. But that’s okay; that’s what we’ve always done. Now it’s just clearer who appreciates the social contract and who doesn’t. Which I feel like has been a growing issue: How when you live in a city instead of a village, most of the social penalties for being a selfish prick fall away. A person can successfully avoid the appropriate consequences for being a selfish prick forever, because their bad reputation doesn’t stick with them. But not so much now, when they wear it on their face.

P.S. Seriously, where does this come from? The thing that perplexes me is how kind and generous kids are. Kids are so naturally selfless and empathetic, you have to stop them giving away their stuff. Are we beating this out of them? Or does something happen in the teenage years? Crazy.

P.P.S. Also obviously there are exceptions. For example, some people believe they are fighting a global conspiracy bent on human enslavement. Are these people selfish pricks? Yes, yes, they are. Because it doesn’t take that much to educate yourself. It’s the Information Age. But they are also super misguided, which is probably more relevant to their motivation than the selfishness.

P.P.P.S. About the runner—I ran 15 kilometers on Sunday in a mask. It was fine. I also gave pedestrians a wide berth because I value their health more than my slight inconvenience.

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Was für eine wunderschöne Schlagzeile:The Truth Is ...

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Was für eine wunderschöne Schlagzeile:
The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free
Ich glaube ja, das ist nicht nur Truth and Lies sondern Nachrichten und Meinungen. Nachrichten kosten Geld und Aufwand. Eine Meinung hat jeder und sie kostet nichts. In meiner Phantasie hätte es da zwei Möglichkeiten gegeben: Die Nachrichten kosten Geld und die Meinungen sind kostenlos. Oder: Die Nachrichten sind gemeinfrei und die Analysen kosten Geld.

Tatsächlich haben aber die Zeitungen gemerkt, dass man die Leser mit Clickbait und Emotionen bindet und ihnen mehr Werbung reindrücken kann und haben daher von teuren Nachrichten auf billige Bullshit-Meinungsmache umgesattelt. Und jetzt stellen die Zeitungen fest, dass man Meinungen auch kostenlos von Twitter und Youtube kriegt und dafür keiner ihrer Paywall Geld in den Rachen werfen muss. Und dass man Nachrichten kostenlos bei ARD und ZDF kriegt und dafür keiner Paywall Geld in den Rachen werfen muss.

Ich glaube, dass das das eigentliche Dilemma der Zeitungen ist. Die haben alle ihre Redaktionen kaputtgekürzt und durch Buzzfeed-Contentfarmen ersetzt. Und jetzt können sie nicht mal ansatzweise mit ARD und ZDF mithalten, wenn es um Nachrichten geht. Und der Rest von dem, was die so anzubieten haben, ist nichts wert. Hat ja einen Grund, dass niemand Paywall für so Bento/Zett/Buzzfeed-Bullshit gemacht hat. Selbst ohne Paywall will das keiner lesen.

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Not only have I made a cooking show (with accompanying book), but Amazon have agreed to put it on the telly. Extraordinary times indeed. #OhCook @primevideouk #MultiplePlugAdaptor pic.twitter.com/5oS2xXAgMT

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Not only have I made a cooking show (with accompanying book), but Amazon have agreed to put it on the telly. Extraordinary times indeed.
#OhCook
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y tho twitter.com/nypdct/status/…

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We are closely monitoring the incident involving a large explosion that occurred in #Beirut, Lebanon. pic.twitter.com/JcNrk8o02s





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RT @robdaemon: Oh FFS. I just want to use my grill. pic.twitter.com/QFulOSB9xm

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Oh FFS. I just want to use my grill. pic.twitter.com/QFulOSB9xm



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When you pray, you clasp your hands together and wish. Human hands are just overevolved monkey's paws. All your prayers have come true; hence the current state of the world.

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When you pray, you clasp your hands together and wish. Human hands are just overevolved monkey's paws. All your prayers have come true; hence the current state of the world.




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