1. Compare these. Jezebel’s response to the Match.com spreadsheet guy versus its response to the Match.com spreadsheet girl. Spreadsheet girl used men specifically for free meals and also made spreadsheets to keep track of her victims. Jezebel criticized her for her gold-diggery, but they didn’t utter a word about her use of technology. But they ridiculed Spreadsheet guy, calling him a “creep” and mocking him in the typical smarmy way for creating innocuous profiles of the various women he was seeing. Seeing, no less, through a huge dating website that exists in order for people to create a wider network of romantic connections. A dating site that also, it goes without saying, relies on technology. And a website that *profiles* people too, just like our creepy spreadsheet guy.
2. Again at Jezebel, Dodai Stewart completely misses the mark in her deconstruction of the song “Somebody that I used to know”, which I’ve previously analyzed. Stewart pokes fun at the song which she compares to a whiny dude’s email and calls the narrator a “coward”. But that’s the point. Relationships, especially when we’re young and stupider, are filled with cowardice, avoidance, and emotional manipulation. How many songs actually ever own up to it?
3. Yasha Levine of The eXiled claims that he got scabies from the jail cell he occupied after being arrested at an Occupy L.A. event. Levine, who likes to pretend he’s in a perpetual war zone, says that his doctor told him that he must have contracted scabies in jail, as if the doctor knows how many slags Levine has rubbed against since November.
4. Speaking of Yasha Levine’s scabies, Mark Ames has a piece at The Nation about the Cato Institute in which he thinks that he’s served as the iceberg that dehulled the Titanic.
5. Employee surveillance has cut internal theft by up to 13% at Dunkin’ Donuts. I’m surprised that it is even notable that employees steal. Employees steal. For many, it’s a perq of the job. A restaurant in my town that used an inferior point-of-sale system had $300,000 stolen in one year. They soon went out of business. Some fast food joints do that whole “if we don’t give you a receipt the meal is on us” thing because employees can easily scam by preparing food but not ringing it into the computer and pocketing the cash. Standard fare.