Paradox Podcast Episode 9: Planned Parenthood Shooting, Fat Shaming and Social Media Polarization

Terrible Opinions

00:00 - 10:00

Zach - Outies (belly buttons) are gross

Matthias - The Planet of the Apes reboot is an fantastic series and an important milestone in digital character creation. Also, the Dark Knight Rises is a great movie.

Jordan - JK Rowling admitting that Harry and Hermione should have been together is an important healing step for us all

Planned Parenthood Shooting

10:00 - 32:00

We talk about the shooting, the media bias, data on abortion clinic assaults and how the abortion violence of the 90's has dropped off substantially. We also talk about what kinds of comparisons are appropriate when talking about anti-abortion violence.

Amy Schumer's Photo Shoot & Bravery Through Nakedness

32:00 - 43:00

Zach feels that Amy Schumer should not get to be called "brave" for stripping down to her skivvies & having a picture taken of her. Matthias disagrees to the extent that posting the picture riles up a crowd of strange anger online & opening herself up to that public critique of her body can be scary. Jordan thinks the picture is compelling because it is a non-glamour shot that shows a "real woman."

43:00 - 49:00

We take a moment to rabbit trail about the polarization of social media and how locking people out through unfriending or blocking has resulted in a growing cultural chasm that is becoming increasingly hard to bridge.


49:00 - 54:00

Zach - My daughter will end up being blue-eyed

Jordan - Jennifer Lawrence will not trip at the Oscars this year, but she will want McDonalds

Matthias - Nothing will happen at the climate summit, but Vox's  climate guy will claim it was the greatest thing ever.