Oh, and don't forget Black Mirror! Of course, all that would just be navel-gazing, unless I actually tried to do something about it. So earlier this year, I applied for and got into The OpenNews Fellowship , where I'd be embedded into a journalist organization to try to improve the way they work! Not "hate" as in contempt, but "hate" as in angry self-critical disappointment. Journalists want to change that — really!
Clickbait only works if people click on it. We don't want to watch people getting along — that's boring.
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We don't want to read arguments from the other side — that's uncomfortable. We don't want to understand complexity — that takes months of study, who's got time for that, you're just reading this on your phone during a five-minute poop break.
There are journalists out there making deep, nuanced, hard-hitting work — and their reward is they get to starve. One day, during a five-minute poop break, I thought about my old game prototypes, the horror films about sensationalist TV, and the violence-filled summer of a. Anyway, now that I had the inspiration, I just needed a tight, coherent way to convey it all in "game" form, which brings me to I think that's because everything — the art, the gameplay, the message — revolved around one single, simple idea:.
But most importantly, this feedback loop only rolls in one direction.
The gears have a ratchet. Like a snowball rolling down a hill, even the smallest of conflicts, the tiniest of transgressions, the stupidest of social media posts Now all of that coulda made a nice abstract game, making a nice abstract argument. So here was the big insight, that was not part of my original plan — I would tell an actual story with actual characters. To avoid over-complicating it, I kept each character's story simple.
But to make it interesting , I had each character's story weave in and out with each other.
Like three simple threads, forming a beautiful braid. By weaving these characters into each other, it weaves them into the player's heart Stories create empathy. That's what's missing from our politics: empathy. I know, I know, that word gets used as a club to beat others over the head, to condescendingly accuse peeps of having no "empathy" for this group or that, so, I'll start by accusing me. This year, I finally opened my eyes and heart to an underprivileged group who's been long ignored in my city-slicker filter bubble: the rural working class.
Hillbilly Elegy is one of the best books I've read all year. Half heartbreaking memoir, half sociological case study, this book tells the tale of the author's life growing up in rural Middletown, Ohio.
A town stricken with poverty. A town that the elites left behind. A town where the author lived with his drug addict mother, an endless cycle of stepdads, and the crushing atmosphere of helplessness and hopelessness. Now imagine living through all that, and some uppity upper-class Ivy League kid tells you to check your privilege. After reading Hillbilly Elegy , I felt humbled. Then, pissed as hell, at myself and my fellow city-slickers. Not to deny there is some racism in those circles.
Maybe that could be alleviated with sharing not smugness , but stories from our side? If I may do a bit of urbansplaining, many progressives in cities focus on racism because they do care about the poor!
That's why we're so obsessed with racism One side cares for the rural poor — and their enemy is the elites, symbolized by Clinton. The other side cares for the urban poor — and their enemy is racism, symbolized by Trump. But don't you see? We have the same story. We could have worked together on helping all of the poor, both rural and urban. Yes, I'm looking at you , salty clickbait thinkpieces. My original plan was to just leave the game on a depressing ending, bing bang boom, th-th-th-th-th-that's all folks.
Two characters — one Circle and one Square — staying strong, staying resilient, staying united , in a new beginning after the end. I actually feel Everyone — pro-Trump, pro-Clinton, and everyone too disgusted with either candidate — is desperately trying to figure out: how the hell did our country get so divided? IT ME. But seriously, the nation's deep division is a gaping, bleeding, festering wound that we need to stitch up, fast.
And I am dedicating myself to healing that wound however I can. Here's what I said:. Margin changed into transformed.
The same Greek word is rendered "transfigured" in Mt Mk But where do you find liberty unaccompanied by religion? True it is that all men have a right to liberty, but it is equally true that you do not meet it in any country save where you find the Spirit of the Lord. This is a land where I can breathe the air and say it is untainted by the groan of a single slave; my lungs receive it, and I know there has … Charles Haddon Spurgeon— Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: The Letter and the Spirit Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.
II COR. God, who hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. When we look at the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel for to-day one after the other, we do not see, perhaps, what they have to do with each other. But they have to do with each other.
They agree with each other. They explain each other. All the men who should be saved before the birth of Christ had to observe the old dispensation with all its rites, until the new dispensation came with its laws and its rites. The whole subject of the Apocalypse is so treated,  in the Speaker's Commentary, as to elucidate many questions suggested by the primitive commentators of this series, and to furnish the latest judgments of critics on the subject. It is so immense a matter, however, as to render annotations on patristic specialties impossible in a work like this. Every reader must feel how apposite is the sententious saying of Augustine: "Apocalypsis Joannis tot sacramenta quot verba.
Let not country presbyters give letters canonical, or let them send such letters only to the neighbouring bishops. But the chorepiscopi of good report may give letters pacifical. A country presbyter is not to give canonical letters, or [at most] only to a neighbouring bishop. Note from Bengel on Rom. According to the Spirit of Holiness. The word hagios, holy, when God is spoken of, not only denotes the blameless rectitude in action, but the very Godhead, or to speak more properly, the divinity, or excellence of the Divine nature.