Blogger with a focus on internet culture, content creators, and occasionally politics.

A sex worker’s crusade to see the gap bridged between the porn industry, and who it caters to.

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Photos courtesy of and provided by Sierra Rhodes.

Despite their divergence in method and demeanor, a thing that sex workers I talked to seem to all agree on is how an ill-informed audience can be of detriment to the content they’re consuming. For sex work specifically, harnessing the power of mass media to unwrap its mystery hasn’t been the easiest, so some have had to innovate. I reached out to Sierra Rhodes — a three-time PornHub Awards nominee, professionally known as TeenyGinger — in the hopes of learning how she does it. …


The upper brass are once again the center of attention — this time for all the wrong reasons.

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Courtesy of Peter Coffin on YouTube. Original YouTube logo courtesy of Google.

At this point, it’s a regular occurence to have BreadTube’s legitimacy put into question, but this time around the call is coming from inside the house — Peter Coffin, a creator of such caliber, has repopularized the claim that BreadTube is a tight-knight cabal of content creators whose brand of left-adjacent media and political analysis serves only as means to self-enrichment, acting in concert to prevent those with stronger Marxist fervor from breaching into the mainstream.

That theory bears some semblance of truth upon superficial examination — it is indeed the fact that the closer to the center a creator is, the more palpable their views are to the YouTube mainstream, which has made it near-impossible for anyone truly dug-in deep into leftist theory to make much of a dent; at least not on the scale necessary to be a powerful engine for political change. …


Between healthcare, climate, and democratic reform, a busy first-term is ahead of the President-Elect

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Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Courtesy of Flickr by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

After four years of Donald Trump, America retains little of its erstwhile glory — standing on the wreckage of a bungled response to coronavirus, mass unemployment, an eviction crisis, broken trust in law enforcement, a sharp rise in health insurance premiums, and much more trouble to boot, Joe Biden offered a far more compelling alternative. With an all-time high turnout, Obama’s former second-in-command beat Trump with a decisive majority of the popular vote, setting the stage for America to return to the path from which it was led astray.

Hopes hang high on the former Vice-President to not only reverse much of what has addled America under Trump, but also move the ball forward on progressive reform as the base of the Democratic party is much further left than it was back in 2016 — what this essentially means is more concerted action on healthcare, climate change, social and economic equity, and a slate of long-overdue democratic reforms. …


Digital campaigns are no longer what they used to be — it’s time for politicians to adapt.

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Courtesy of AOC on Twitch.

Before this pandemic, politicians substituting speeches on packed convention floors with Twitch streams would’ve seemed most-implausible; and yet, as is AOC’s habit with breaking the mold, she organized a stream with some of gaming’s most-coveted fixtures — as expected and given the young congresswoman’s notoriety among the younger electorate, the stream was a massive hit.

What makes AOC’s entry into the streaming space particularly distinct, is that it wasn’t done without any priors or familiarity with the format whatsoever. She’d appeared on a fundraiser for a trans charity last year, and has been a recurrent guest on Bernie Sanders’ channel prior to the suspension of his presidential campaign — the cachet was already present, and all that was left is for AOC to make her official debut on the website. Soon enough she did, and on Tuesday night, she opened up with Among Us to a whopping 439k concurrent viewers at peak with the stream later settling around the 300k mark, placing it only behind the Drake and Ninja collab in 2018 and Shroud’s return to Twitch stream this August as the third in contention for the most-viewed stream in the platform’s history. …


The show weathered a cancelation on cable TV and lived on to become a pop culture sensation.

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Courtesy of Warner Brothers TV and Netflix.

As DC Comics looked to populate the small screen with adaptations of its most-coveted characters, the Warner Brothers-owned entity cast its net wide across different networks to complement their theatrical offering as the competition with Marvel Studios was in full-swing. …


A conceptual analysis.

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President Donald J. Trump walks from the White House Monday evening, June 1, 2020, to St. John’s Episcopal Church, that was damaged by fire during demonstrations in nearby LaFayette Square Sunday evening. Part of the Public Domain.

Despite the overwhelming support that the current Republican administration gets from Evangelicals, few of its stewards can be described as remotely religious. After eight years of principled secularism from Barack Obama, evangelical fervor was at an all-time high, and in seeking to rectify America’s newly-acquired distance from religiosity, Donald Trump — an avowed sinnerwas deemed a worthy successor.

This is the story of America under its newly-imposed regime — the religious zealots on the Christian right get to define the parameters of the country’s political economy, and in their unwavering support for all that advances their cause, they’ve become a fearsome force in American politics. There’s an interesting paradox in purporting to venerate God while voting for sin personified, but it makes sense in the context of an ever-diluting set of principles and values from the religious right — what was once an impenetrable fort of unshakable commitment to godly figures in service of godly ends, has only now realized endeavors most-devilish would bring them closer to their goals. …


The right likes to paint itself as unbiased and neutral — but is it really?

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Andy Ngo and U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw speaking with attendees at the 2019 Teen Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Flickr by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Grifting comes in multiple flavors, but none is more sour than what independent right-wing media engages in. Withstanding the nominal nature of its independence, it nonetheless purports itself to be a most-untainted conduit of truth even though there’s plenty pointing to the contrary. Its numerous figureheads get speaking privileges at major cable news networks and their voices are constantly parroted by mainstream outlets and yet, journalistic malpractice is their most-defining feature.

To call the efforts of people like Andy Ngo, Ian Miles Cheong, Michael Tracey and Sophia Narwitz ‘independent’ is stretching the definition far beyond what it can withstand — either residing in the grapevines of political discourse or shamelessly aired out for everyone else to see, their affiliations aren’t particularly exhibiting of impartiality. Whether it’s working for Russian state-sponsored media or getting bankrolled by the Koch Brothers, independent right-wing media have little authority to protest the bias they so despise on the left — they’ve sold the lie of objectivity in news coverage, and mainstream media took them up on it without due scrutiny. …


From long-requested quality-of-life improvements to massive gains in performance, Ampere more than delivers.

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Live from NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang’s kitchen. Courtesy of NVIDIA on YouTube.

Since the inception of 3D graphics, achieving photorealism has long captured the imagination — through the work of iteration on graphics processing architectures, it first made its way to offline renders aimed at mass theatrical consumption, but none of it was really achievable in any feasible capacity for gaming. The calculus is simple — to render physically-accurate scenes, path-tracing needed to be on the table, but because it was impossible to fit into a tight rendering budget (typically 33ms at 30FPS on the lowest end) through the pure use of programmable shaders, no developer could ever justify the proposition.

That would soon change as NVIDIA released its first-ever consumer-grade GPU with dedicated hardware ray-tracing capabilities back in 2018 — the support was sparse at first, but as developers familiarized themselves with the technology, the standard has been set for what will soon be the future of gaming. Long gone are the days when artists would have to manually bake instances of global illumination to simulate the appearance of indirect lighting, or resort to static scenery to curb the steep budget of dynamic shadows and real-time ambient occlusion — if those hefty processes are calculable in a reasonable rendering budget, the burden on artists to recreate realistic lighting conditions is bound to be greatly reduced. …


How an ‘independent journalist’ sold her soul to the Kremlin.

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Photograph courtesy of Sophia Narwitz. Logo courtesy of Russia Today.

It’s not always that the opportunity to work on Vladimir Putin’s dime presents itself, but when long-term advocate of Gamergate Sophia Narwitz was prompted to take it, reservations about Russia Today’s editorial bottomline were apparently a secondary concern. To gain a cursory understanding of who Narwitz is, consider her the result of a threeway mating between Blaire White, Jeremy ‘TheQuartering’ Hambly and Andy Ngo — if presuming disingenuity and bad-faith was your first instinct, then you’ve guessed correctly.

When Narwitz was first an unknown quantity in the discourse, there was still no telling what her true motives are — the media first caught wind of her when she somewhat unceremoniously broke the story of an ill-fated E3 leak back in August of 2019, then she underwent a slow transition from being strictly preoccupied with the dynamics of the gaming industry to becoming a regular chronicler of the culture war for Russia Today by November of the same year. Once that transition was complete, it had become clear that much like her analogues on the right, she’d come to view her contributions to the reactionary world purely as a means to self-enrich — intellectual inquiry be damned, she was not to leave this world without having milked right-wingers for their every ounce of attention and money. …


A stellar example of class treachery, if a bit latent

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[From left to right] Donald Trump, Jr. speaking at a “Keep America Great” rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Donald Trump on the campaign trail in Phoenix, Arizona, and Ivanka Trump unveiling child-care policy alongside her father in Aston, Pennsylvania. Courtesy of Flickr by Gage Skidmore and Michael Vadon. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 and CC BY 2.0.

It is rarely the case that honest work is the harbinger of great power, and in keeping up with the tradition of the Rockefellers, Carnegies and Fords before them, the Trumps seized their influence upon America’s highest office only to squander it upon selfish pursuits. Mary L. Trump is a different beast however — coming off the heels of her new book “Too Much and Never Enough”, Donald’s niece has come to reveal a pattern in which her family consistently coalesced around their most dysfunctional with self-correctional faculties lacking at every turn. …

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