Consciously Curated: Revolutionary Thumbs, Jocks, Pops & Scribes

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

New Yorker: The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

The world, we are told, is in the midst of a revolution. The new tools of social media have reinvented social activism. With Facebook and Twitter and the like, the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been upended, making it easier for the powerless to collaborate, coördinate, and give voice to their concerns. 

The platforms of social media are built around weak ties. Twitter is a way of following (or being followed by) people you may never have met. Facebook is a tool for efficiently managing your acquaintances, for keeping up with the people you would not otherwise be able to stay in touch with. That’s why you can have a thousand “friends” on Facebook, as you never could in real life.

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Consciously Curated: Rollin’ with the Homies, No Politics or Illin’, but lots of Mental Drillin’

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Mocha Dad: Road Tripping with the Fellas
“No guys getaway is complete without some good eats. During our trips, my sons like to try different dining experiences that may not be available where we live. One of our favorite dining experiences was at a Japanese restaurant where my sons tried sushi for the first time. I was afraid that they wouldn’t like it, but they scarfed down every morsel.”

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The Power of Doing the Ordinary: What We Learn at the Intersection of Politics, Sports, Race and Money

NCAA College Basketball second half game action during the college basketball game between the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, Westwood, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Every year during March Madness, I think about an article I wrote as a 19-year-old sophomore at UCLA examining the role of race and politics in college sports.

Over the past couple of years, the article has been forefront in my mind as the debate over paying college athletes has grown.  Additionally, there is the controversy provoked by professional athletes like Colin Kaepernick whose decision to observe “The Star-Spangled Banner” in protest of the highly-publicized spate of police killings of unarmed Black people; Quarterback Tom Brady’s boycott of former President Obama; and the current boycott of President Trump being organized by New England Patriot players Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett.

Politics and sports have long held a close association, so much so that it is beyond laughable when commentators—professional or otherwise—suggest athletes ought to keep their opinions to themselves.

December 24, 2016 Los Angeles, CA.
NFL San Francisco vs Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on December 24, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

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Consciously Curated: How to … Be a creep, despot or troll

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The Expressive Egg: How To Be Creepy
Stare. Nothing says ‘creepy’ so much as a dry, fixed, glittering, inflexible eyeball. Set your face into a single expression, or one of a limited range, for long enough and the lines of your face will radiate the unsettling, the uncanny and the existentially repellent. ‘The inexpressive face is the mirror of a shallow soul.’ The cruder, less expressive, less nuanced the muscles of your face (particularly around the eyes), the more your face will take on the look of that creepiest of objects, the mask.”

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Consciously Curated: Paycheck Slavery, What Aren’t You Asking, Jim Crow Rising, Defining Dystopia, Unhappy Endings

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Medium: 9 to 5 Slavery
“They never pay the slaves enough so they can get free, just enough so they can stay alive and come back to work. I could see all this. Why couldn’t they? I figured the park bench was just as good or being a barfly was just as good. Why not get there first before they put me there? Why wait?”

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