Youtube and Controversies: Political attitudes, conservatism and the struggle with being non-political

For those who don’t actually already know this, my Ph.D work is in political science, and since then I’ve taught political science for years before adding another graduate degree and focusing on communication. However, one thing that always seemed to grate at me was that no matter how hard I tried to be non-political, it was practically impossible. Not for … Read More

duaneYoutube and Controversies: Political attitudes, conservatism and the struggle with being non-political

24 Hour News Has Ruined Us

During the last century, one of the great “innovations” on the horizon was that we would move from a news model that reports twice at night to one of 24 hour, nonstop coverage. This brought about the advent of CNN, which ushered in this new era. Fast-forward to today, and our news is somewhat worthless. Part of the advantage of … Read More

duane24 Hour News Has Ruined Us

Ever Since I Abandoned Facebook

A month or so ago, I indicated my frustration with Facebook and its many, many anti-customer approaches to business (you know, the ones that have been reported in the media where Facebook sees us as their product rather than treats us as if Facebook is the product). At the time, I decided to drop Facebook and see if I could … Read More

duaneEver Since I Abandoned Facebook

The ASMR Report

I’m not sure how long I’ll keep doing this, but I thought I would start reporting on ASMR videos and their creators as a part of my blog. I know that eventually I would like it to it on my Youtube page, but for now, I thought it might also be interesting to have some text on some of these … Read More

duaneThe ASMR Report

What’s Happening With Duane?

So, it’s been a little while since I’ve updated the page, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy. Since the last times I was posting, I found myself getting involved in a lot of things that aren’t exactly blog related, but just seem to be a little more significant to what’s going on with my life right now. … Read More

duaneWhat’s Happening With Duane?

Coming Under Fire…trying to achieve the honor of being placed on the highest court in the land

Years back when I was in the Army, a grizzled NCO pulled me aside one day and explained something to me. Now, if you’ve ever watched an old Clint Eastwood war movie, or one of the many like it, you’ve heard this story before, so I’m not telling you something you probably already shouldn’t know. But I’m going to tell … Read More

duaneComing Under Fire…trying to achieve the honor of being placed on the highest court in the land

If You Want to Make America Great Again, Have Media Outlets Stop Using Tweets As Actual Stories

I don’t even think people realize the problem that exists today with media. It’s not that media is wrong, false or lying. It’s that it’s lazy. And yeah, I know a big reason behind it is the consolidation of media outlets to get rid of people and save money. So, the problem has emerged to the next logical step: Find … Read More

duaneIf You Want to Make America Great Again, Have Media Outlets Stop Using Tweets As Actual Stories

Kavanaugh, Boys Will Be Boys, and Why This Problem Will Never Go Away

I was watching Vice News Tonight, and they were covering some of the Kavanaugh garbage that we’re seeing on a daily basis right now, and it just sickens me that we have a bunch of men in charge of our government who apparently don’t care one iota that they’re about to empower (with enormous power and responsibility) someone who may … Read More

duaneKavanaugh, Boys Will Be Boys, and Why This Problem Will Never Go Away