Did you hear about that dumb Kotaku article?

Did you hear about that dumb Kotaku article that made a bunch of people mad?

How about this instead: Did you know that one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was an occultist who ecstatically recited Crowley’s “Hymn to Pan” during rocket tests and befriended L. Ron Hubbard? Interesting huh?

No really, the article isn’t very good and probably would have vanished without a trace except for the unnecessarily inflammatory bit. This kind of stuff wouldn’t wind up in our feeds if people stopped tweeting it. Might I suggest instead Gale Tzemach Lemmon’s The Daughters of Kobani, an on the ground story of an all-female Kurdish militia force that fought and beat ISIS?

Yeah, I don’t think the author is doing himself any favours on social media either. But then, why would you go to a profile only to be upset when you can find out that that three out of the top five longest confirmed sniper kills are by Canadians? What else are those sneaky canucks up to up there?

I guess I wonder what the point of messaging someone who is obviously just going to double down is. By the way have you ever seen Network? Paddy Chayefksy’s best and it has only gotten better with each passing year.

I mean it, nothing good can come from it. Could you write down the benefits from looking up an article like that? Like if you had to explain to your boss why you needed to use the work internet to access that article, what would you tell them? Also, did you know that C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley, and John F. Kennedy all died on the same day? Trivia is wild!

It will make you angry and you will learn nothing. If you go to the author’s Twitter at best you’re going to find out they’re a jerk, and at worst you’re going to write something you regret. You can do anything with this time. Anything you want! How about a nice cup of tea instead?

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