Shrek: An Ogre-Sized, Unconventional Lesbian Love Tale
Picture this. You're settling down for a cozy evening of animated entertainment. You press play on Shrek, ready for a jaunt through fairytale nostalgia, but what if I told you there's a layer to this onion you may have missed? You see, in the deep, dark corners of this delightfully absurd film, an unconventional love story emerges, featuring two closeted lesbians: Shrek, our resident he/him, and Fiona, our transformative high femme (Bennett, 2021).
Economic Shadows: Echoes of 1929 in 2023’s Digital Landscape
When I was a child, my great grandparents often shared stories of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, painting vivid pictures of the hardship, courage, and indomitable spirit that carried them through those dark times. They spoke of dwindling crops, evaporating savings, and homes swallowed by clouds of dust. It was a different world, one that I thought I’d only know through the stories of my forebears. But now, at the dawn of my career, I see these stories echoing in our own time, in the face of a similar economic upheaval. The specter of the past looms large, this time in the interconnected, digital economy that shapes our world today.
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How Convenience Culture Makes Us Sick, Broke, and UnhappyTop Story - May 2023
Congratulations, folks! We’re living in the golden era of convenience, where the world is no further than a finger swipe away. Amazon drones zoom around like busy bees, dropping off our latest whims faster than you can say “impulse buy,” while Netflix keeps us drowning in a sea of never-ending series. All these tech marvels make our lives so much easier, or so they tell us. But as we dive a little deeper, we start to notice that our shining tech utopia looks a bit more like a dystopia.
Speech Does Not Equate Violence
Emotional and Physical Harm The power of speech is indisputable. Words have the potential to soothe or distress, to uplift or deflate, to enlighten or confound. Indeed, the effect of speech can be profound and far-reaching, causing emotional turbulence and psychological stress. However, as we delve into this complex dialogue, it is vital to differentiate between emotional distress and physical harm — a distinction that often blurs when speech is labeled as violence.
Life After Capitalism: A Glimpse into the Postcapitalist Future
The rise of automation, coupled with a growing awareness of the social and ecological impacts of capitalism, suggest that we may be on the brink of a societal metamorphosis. The term ‘postcapitalism’ has begun to take root, leading many to ask: is such a radical shift truly possible, and if so, what might it look like?
How to Upskill and Future-Proof Your Career: UX Writing to AI Prompt Writing
In the digital age, opportunities for writers are constantly evolving with technology. One such budding field is AI prompt writing. If you’re a seasoned UX (User Experience) writer considering a fresh path, the world of AI prompt writing can be an exciting journey. Your UX writing skills, believe it or not, can serve as a unique stepping stone into this realm. Let’s delve into the details with practical examples, expert insights, and more.
Mastering the Art of AI Communication: Maximizing Performance through a Problem-Solving Approach
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a mere concept from science fiction. It’s an integral part of our daily lives, transforming everything from our smartphones to our work processes (Russell & Norvig, 2016). As we interact more with AI, it becomes essential to understand how to communicate effectively with it, turning potential misunderstandings into learning opportunities. This post delves deep into this process, unveiling practical strategies to enhance your AI interactions and maximize its performance.
Empaths Anonymous: My Struggle with Maladaptive Empathy
"Empathy is your pain in my heart." - Octavia Butler In a world that often applauds emotional depth and heightened sensitivity, there exists a group of individuals who find themselves caught in the web of excessive empathy. They call themselves empaths, and their ability to deeply connect with others' emotions is both a blessing and a curse. Welcome to Empaths Anonymous, where we explore the shadows of empathy's overwhelm.
Why Are Our Capitalist Overlords Scared of Remote Work?
If there was ever a canary in the coal mine of our industrial era, a small, nagging sign of an impending shift in the grand order of things, it was the pandemic-induced remote work revolution. A mere blip in the history of work itself, this sudden transition sent shockwaves through corporate echelons, challenging long-standing norms and rattling the pillars of capitalism.
An Open Letter to My Performative Allies
Dear performative morons, I write this letter with the utmost respect for your intentions, though, as the old saying goes, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" - and the road to performative allyship is paved with a hearty dose of self-righteousness.
The seafoam green rotary phone, an anachronistic gem surrounded by the organized chaos of Andy's loft, rang, the sharp trill slicing through the hush of a Sunday afternoon. Andy, cocooned in her sunshine-yellow chaise lounge, a half-finished manuscript on her lap, picked up the receiver, the anticipation of Kyla's voice a sweet pang in her chest.
How Debt Killed the American Dream
You did everything right. You went to a good school. You moved to the city looking for opportunities. You worked long hours. You juggled multiple jobs. More than two-thirds of your income goes toward your rent and the bills are coming due. After everything’s settled up, you have almost nothing left.