Who John Cardillo is isn’t as important as what he tweeted yesterday. He posted a photo of former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic presidential candidate, kissing and hugging his troubled son Hunter. In the photo, Hunter is looking at the camera, and his father is focused on giving his boy affection.
The Twitter post read: “Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?”
The message is both muddy and crystal clear. …
Hi, my name is John. I don’t want to tell you what to watch. I don’t know you. I’m just an average guy trying to make sense of the world who is not a computer program that scans vast databases for specific keywords and search queries. Like, I don’t respond to “What should I watch?” IDK. You should watch whatever you want on whatever streaming platform you want. The best I can do is tell you what I’m watching.
And I’ve been watching Pen15 on Hulu. It’s a show about two 13-year-old girls played by two 33-year-olds, writer/actors Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle who co-created the show with Sam Zvibleman. I was never a 13-year-old girl. I think, perhaps, I would be a better person if I had been a 13-year-old girl. …
The concept of ‘speaking truth to power’ is as old as the Ancient Greeks, who had a complicated word for this kind of free speech: parrhesia. The word roughly translates to ‘speak freely,’ or ‘boldly,’ The word informed early democracy and theater in Athens where citizens were obligated to speak out and playwrights encouraged to ridicule kings and gods.