Why conservatives are winning the internet (Vox)
A new book explains why digital activism helps conservatives more than liberals.

In terms of the actual ideology itself, I do think there’s something about the nature of conservatism that makes it easier to promote online. Conservatives tend to focus on simple, clear messages around freedom in particular. The left tends to focus on this general idea of fairness.

Conservatives are generally monolithic in their attacks on, say, Obamacare. The left wants a diverse array of voices. The left tends to want to include a lot of different people and a lot of different issues, and the result is a more muddled message that is just harder to communicate.

Fake news writer: If people are stupid enough to believe this stuff… (Naked Security)
…then maybe they deserve this drivel, says a Macedonian copy-paste/turn-it-into-clickbait-bile writer who says it’s all about the money.

… it’s all about the clicks. It’s all about the ad revenue. It doesn’t matter how preposterous the content is: what matters is that somebody – or many somebodies – open the articles and generate ad impressions.

John Wick (2014) from IMDb
Directed by Chad Stahelski, David Leitch. With Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe. An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.

John Wick poster

I finally got round to watching John Wick. It was good, and I see what all the fuss is about; the lighting, cinematography, and choreography were all great. The action plays out very much like a form of dance. The plot is very “by the numbers,” but I liked that it was very stripped down and “simple”.

A bit like the title character himself, I found there was more power in what the film didn’t say about the world of criminals and assassins it is set in. My worry for when I get around to watching the sequels is that they fill in too many of the blanks, and ruin a bit of the mystique. The characters in John Wick felt real and believably connected, without ever really giving everything away, so actions have consequences we can understand even if we don’t know the whole background.

So, yeah, I enjoyed John Wick, and would happily recommend it if you’re looking for a great looking action film that isn’t overly complicated but still has some good character moments.