Saturday, April 15, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
"A man of letters," that's me - in the Japan Times anyway. Here's my most recent epistle to the editor:
Firms, pay heed to where your ads show up
After reading the Feb. 13 story, “Weaponized buying as
shoppers weigh boycott calls over firms’ political stands,” I ventured into the
minefield known as Breitbart News.
Although the article described Breitbart as a “conservative news and opinion
website formerly run by Trump’s chief strategist,” it’s largely viewed as a gateway site for the “alt-right” and a sort of primer for
would-be white supremacists. It has earned the moniker of “hate site,” for what many recognize as its
incendiary mix of racism, xenophobia and more, all topped off with the burning
fuse of “fake news.”
When I got to the site for my look-see I was a little surprised
to find a SoftBank ad aimed at... (read on in the Japan Times).
After reading the Feb. 13 story, “Weaponized buying as shoppers weigh boycott calls over firms’ political stands,” I ventured into the minefield known as Breitbart News.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
This battered yet imposing structure reminds me of Nagasaki, Japan's famed Gunkanjima (Battleship Island), an abandoned industrial fortress where workers once lived and harvested coal from mines beneath the sea. While Nagasaki's Gunkanjima is now a tourist destination and a frequent backdrop for science fiction movies depicting a dystopian future, our town's little Gunkanjima still at least seems to be home to employees of the adjacent factory it stands watch over.