I always chuckle at the folks on here who try to pushback on my entertainment takes by claiming to be “purists” and saying, “It’s in the original comics.”
They don’t seem to understand:

A. A thing can be in the original comics and still be corny, or make for bad TV/movies, or that the original comic could have been whack.

B. That appealing to original comic is more @ their nostalgia than the quality of the on-screen product.

This nostalgia is what made #WandaVision so popular. The advantage of that show was it very transparently appealed to nostalgic pop culture.

The disadvantage is it didn’t do much else.
But having accepted nostalgia for writing, too many have lowered their standards unwittingly. They’ve accepted “Oh, I remember that!” in the place of the genuine awe and wonder that good story telling can conjure. That’s a bad trade.

Now, it’s worse than that. In baptizing it with a self-congratulatory, “I’m a purist,” they’ve also sullied purity. What’s so pure about mere reference? This brand of “purity” is closer to plagiarism and mimicry rather than intelligent retelling.

So, if you like the “track suit mafia” or “pizza dog,” do you, boo. But if you’re supplying wonder from your own repository of memory and nostalgia, just don’t call it good writing/tv. You’re doing more authoring of your feelings/reaction than the screenwriters.

Marvel and Disney should pay YOU since you are doing all the work. Or let the writers continue their dull naps and go back to reading your original comics. Then you can actually keep it “pure” and the unsuspecting public can go back to admitting, “There’s nothing good on tv.”

Oh, one final thought, I really, really liked what #Hawkeye began to do with disability and assistive technology in episode 3. Looking forward to seeing how that plays out!

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17 Dec
The following tweet is apropos nothing. There’s no person, controversy or issue in mind. It’s just a thought I had walking from one room in my house to another. It’s surely shaped by the current arguments and comments online.

But it’s not specifically or directly addresses.

Here goes:

If you can support a theological, biblical or ministry claim…

without using writers and leaders who were slaveholders, white supremacists, segregationists, misogynists, etc…

then you should.

But if you make your points with the support of racists, slave holders, white supremacists, segregationists, misogynists, etc…

when there are other writers making the same point w/o being those things…

then it’s understandable if others think the point wasn’t theology, etc
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23 Apr
This is good, life-preserving, danger-facing policing. W want this for everyone: “After 12-hour standoff at Pinellas Park hotel, officers arrest man with long criminal history” fox13news.com/news/barricade…
This is bad, life-endangering, excessive force policing. We do not want this for anyone: “Virginia man shot by sheriff’s deputy after calling 911 for help”. He was unarmed and shot 10 times.

The difference between restraint AFTER an officer was attacked in the first case and excessive use of force WITHOUT any attack of the officer is the wide gulf we must close in these incidents and in policing. It’s why policing needs radical redesign and standardization.
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22 Apr
We can not negate our way to a positive vision of anything.
At some point, no matter the issue, we must become positive, constructive. There is no way to build otherwise.
And we must learn that negating and subtracting is the easiest, lowest form of theorizing. If we wish to move forward, we shouldn’t be too impressed with a litany of assertive “I disagree” as much as we look for a compendium of “I propose.”
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4 Feb
Someone needs to write a comparative article or series on the effect of CRT/IS on congregations vs. the effect of those who oppose it?

From what I can tell, the opponents have had a much bigger and far more negative effect on local churches than CRT/IS ever did or could.

For example, faithful pastors in sound churches across the country are reporting the loss of significant portions of their membership and loss of long-time friends who have been influenced by the anti-CRT crowd. I'm talking small churches and megachurches.

I'm hearing (been hearing for a couple of years!) from large church pastors who have lost 15-25 percent of their memberships after some folks get involved in anti-CRT writing and slander. Those folks leave after 1st slandering their pastors insisting on CRT's influence.

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3 Feb
Can we talk about this a little? I don’t want to discourage anyone’s effort at diversity, but a couple of pointers are in order here:

“IMB celebrates Black missionary and church planter George Liele; designates February as Diversity in Missions month” imb.org/2021/02/01/imb…
2/ Let’s start with the renaming of Black History Month. That’s not a good look. The month begins with Negro History Week, which was, in part, a pushback against to erasure of Black people from history and a counter to white supremacist narratives. You can’t just rename that.
3/ Then there’s the use of George Liele. Liele is a Christian hero to be sure. I like the idea of honoring him.

But don’t be selective w/ his history and his theology. The article omits any reference to the Baptist Wars of Jamaica which were critical in Jamaica’s independence.
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13 Jan
It strikes me that much of the anti-CRT pieces that charge Black Christians with being CRT proponents go to great lengths to root CRT in European philosophical streams of thought. This despite actual proponents rooting their thoughts elsewhere in the Black intellectual trad.
So one has to ask the question: Why this tendency? Why press a movement often self-consciously located in one tradition into a tradition it sees as foreign to its thinking?

I'm sure there are many answers. But one answer seems to me to be it's an attempt to control the debate./2
A lot of the historical and philosophical excursus, insofar as it overlooks what the actual proponents claim, is simply another effort at colonizing thought, of insisting on a certain philosophical priority, and of demeaning the constructive thoughts of a group being rejected.
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