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Why I Don’t Write Anymore

by Nate St. Pierre on June 14, 2015

A friend recently asked me why I haven’t written anything lately. It’s a fair question, I suppose. From 2009 through 2014, this little blog was a reliable place to find a bit of well-written and interesting content, good discussions, and usually a way of seeing the web as a place to harness some of the […]

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Out of Time

by Nate St. Pierre on March 30, 2015

[Just a fun little 26-sentence writing prompt, using sequential letters of the alphabet to start each sentence.] Already. Barring a miracle, the ship would break up long before it reached the planet’s surface. Chronos was supposed to be the salvation of mankind, but colonizing a world with time-bending properties came with a price. “Dilation pockets” […]

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Loggers carry the swagger of having the most dangerous job in America, unless you count that one old dude sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. A sitting American president is 15 times more likely to be killed on the job over the course of his career (5-year average) than the 2nd-place occupation on […]

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The Anti-Vaxxer Debate: How Fear Creates Villains

by Nate St. Pierre on February 9, 2015

Forget what you know (or think you know) about the merits and concerns on both sides of the vaccination debate. That’s not what this article is about. This article is about taking a closer look at the way the debate is playing out in the public sphere, especially online. The last few years have seen […]

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Will Someone Please Build A Decent Digital Storytelling Platform For Web Comics?

January 18, 2015
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I’m frustrated today, guys. I’ve been frustrated for about six years, actually. This is because we have exactly 7,834,922 brilliant people in this country, and they have yet to build a digital storytelling platform that truly takes advantage of the dynamic nature of the web, especially for web comics. This field should be amazing us […]

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Raise Your Hand If You Know What You’re Doing

January 8, 2015
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Usually when I write a post, it’s because I have something interesting or important or worthwhile to say. Well, not this time. This time I have nothing of value to say, and that’s exactly why I’m writing this note. Because many of you seem to labor under the delusion that I know what I’m doing. […]

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An Open Letter To The City Of Chicago, Regarding Jay Cutler

December 16, 2014
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Chicago, it’s time to talk. You know that I’m a Wisconsin guy through and through, and I bleed green and gold for my Packers. But for the next five minutes I’m going to put that aside and just have an honest conversation. You need to fix the Jay Cutler problem. It is literally just as […]

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The Hardest-Hitting Commentary on #Ferguson Comes From NFL Player Ben Watson

November 26, 2014
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I’m not going to comment on Ferguson. But I am going to highlight the words of an NFL player who yesterday captured a wide range of emotions, covering much of what many of us, from many different walks of life, are feeling right now. This is the full text of what Ben Watson, a tight […]

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Your Stance On Ebola Depends On Your Politics, Because Of Course It Does

October 16, 2014
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If you had a sneaking suspicion that conservatives are freaking out about Ebola more than liberals, you’re right – and here’s why: I noticed it this morning when I watched the first piece of responsible reporting I’ve yet seen on this topic – Shepard Smith reporting for Fox News: After my initial surprise at anyone […]

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The Filter Bubble, Then And Now

October 14, 2014
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In 2011, Eli Pariser, “an internet activist best known as a leading light at MoveOn.org, a progressive online campaign group,” both coined the term and warned us of the danger of the filter bubble: “Facebook shows you updates from the friends you interact with the most, filtering out people with whom you have less in […]

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