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Operation Foregone Conclusion
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Zeynep Tufekci went down for a li’l nap in early 2016 and just woke up again to publish the piece she was working on at the time about what Trump voters really want. Turns out it’s an authoritarian who will tell them lies they enjoy hearing. Who knew! “Perhaps acknowledging that Trump’s appeal isn’t that mysterious can help people grapple with its power.” Surely this will—
—hold on, I’m hearing… yes, there’s breaking news from the Republican primary, aka Operation Foregone Conclusion, where Trump stomped Ron DeSantis into a honking anti-woke paste in Iowa last night after months of what Rolling Stone’s Nikki McCann Ramirez and Asawin Suebsaeng called: “a campaign-wide culture of not just wanting to beat DeSantis, but to salt the wounds, scorch the earth, and set ablaze as many of the governor’s future prospects as they could.” Relatable!
Asa Hutchinson apparently dropped out… of this race, I guess? Not sure anyone knew he was in. Having contested the minimum face-saving one state, Vivek Ramaswamy also dropped out to prepare for the Trump VP invitation he was always running for but will not receive, and Nikki Haley is still in but sounds like she doesn’t plan to do any more debates, so the next debate is going to be very embarrassing for DeSantis when he’s the only one on stage and still manages to lose.
Obviously it won’t make you any less depressed, I just thought you might as well check it out while you’re already in the right mood.
Per two sources, Sen. John Fetterman is working on a memoir focusing on his political rise and struggles with mental health. The book is titled "Unfettered," and will be co-written with author Buzz Bissinger. Crown is publishing.
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani)
Jan 16, 2024
Previously in “celebrity pants addict” Buzz Bissinger. The list of things that have happened now includes the Lincoln, Nebraska Bobcat rampage and it always will. Buffalo Bills fans are feeding the pit to guarantee wins. Everybody loves Chicago’s new tourist destination: the Rat Hole. And Luke Winkie survived the twenty four hour “Moby Dick” marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
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Kyle Chayka has been a friend, a Tabs reader, and a frequent source of tabs for over a decade, so I would have happily promoted his new book for free. But he asked if I’d run a paid ad for it, so what am I supposed do? Turn down a little free Random Penguin money for something I was going to do anyway? En esta economia?
Today in Scams
The Guardian found the actor who played the fictional CEO of crypto scam Hyperverse, “an Englishman living in Thailand” who was surprised to find out that recording videos where he pretends to be the CEO of a company he doesn’t know anything about isn’t normal.
In Vice Tim Hume has a profile of an ex-member of Andrew Tate’s toxic MLM grustle-bro cult “The Real World,” which dovetails extremely well with Cory Doctorow’s post yesterday about the ouroboros of “passive income” scams which turn every victim into a new scammer:
Doctorow also tied in the “rise and rise of botshit,” observing that “while we're nowhere near a place where bots can steal your job, we're certainly at the point where your boss can be suckered into firing you and replacing you with a bot that fails at doing your job.” Gen Z is fighting a desperate rearguard action against the bots by covering their noses in pictures, while OpenAI just quietly scrubbed its former prohibition against use in “military and warfare” applications. That’s probably fine, right?
And Cat and Girl’s Dorothy Gambrell posted a comic about finding herself “listed in the court document of artists whose work was used to train Midjourney” while just trying to just be a small-time creator without enriching the platforms.
Today’s Song: Janet Jackson, “No Sleeep”