The Present Age Weekly Recap: July 29, 2022
Marriage and SpongeBobs and so much more
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From me this week:
On Monday, I published a story about what would happen if the Supreme Court were to overturn the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which legalized marriage equality. Turns out that a lot of states still have laws on the books banning same-sex marriage…
And then on Tuesday, I wrote about why I made 1,000 images of SpongeBob SquarePants using AI (and talked a bit about mental health).
Stuff from others elsewhere I’d like to highlight:
Over at his Law Dork newsletter, Chris Geidner has a story about the legal case against Florida’s anti-LGBTQ “Don’t Say Gay” law.
Adam Johnson has a post at The Column about the way the press prioritizes things like “cancel culture” stories over actual news like the heating crisis in US prisons, many of which become unbearably hot during the summer.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat has a piece pushing back on arguments that Trump shouldn’t be prosecuted (even if he committed crimes). As she writes, “‘Getting away with it’ has been the bedrock of authoritarianism,” and “prosecuting bad actors, no matter who they are, is essential to safeguarding our democracy now and in the future.” I agree.
Popular Information’s Judd Legum has a piece (which certainly ties into the 3 stories from Ben-Ghiat, Johnson, and Geidner) about how Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is attacking actual free speech. Unfortunately for those of us who actually support free speech, the mainstream media is making clear that it desperately wants DeSantis to be president, so we’re bound to hear 100x more about “cancel culture” than about a tyrant in Florida using the power of the state to silence his critics and make certain subjects off-limits.
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