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Hell of a job title

Steven W. Thrasher is the inaugural Daniel H. Renberg Chair of social justice in reporting (with an emphasis on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community) and an assistant professor of journalism.

Thrasher has worked as writer-at-large at the Guardian, staff writer at the Village Voice, and facilitator for the NPR StoryCorps project. His articles are regularly published in the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, Esquire, the Nation, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Daily Beast. He’s also a former researcher for Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.”

Thrasher will teach Medill courses in journalism at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as elective classes cross-listed with American Studies, African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

In Ferguson the same week Michael Brown was killed in 2014, Thrasher has reported on the Black Lives Matter movement for five years. His research combines journalistic and ethnographic methods to study how racism, homophobia, policing, medicine, incarceration, culture, and health intersect.

Comfy niche job for wokester to teach the next generation to be woke.

Guarantee he’ll not be teaching journo students about numbers – but then who does these days?

15 thoughts on “Hell of a job title”

  1. If you accurately guess how many terabytes of hard drives he has hidden under the floorboard, do you win a prize?

  2. Do numbers show there is actually massive oversupply of everything?

    Why do capitalists love to create scarcity, using violence to enforce enclosure? Is it because might makes right?

  3. I’m feeling a bad case of Scrooge here so please listen up fuckwit. Capitalism doesn’t impose scarcity. Scarcity is a fact of the universe. Capitalism – as with socialism – is a response to scarcity. With respect to the commons that you keep bleating on about Garrett Hardin explained it well enough, Elinor Ostrom filled in a number of details. Here is the original Hardin:

    When demand upon a common access resource rises above the generation capacity of the resource then a management technique must be imposed. Marxian access – all may take what they wish – simply does not work when that demand is above the regeneration capacity. Because we rapidly end up with none of the common resource. We can, as Hardin says, have a private property restriction of access. We can also have a regulatory one – Hardin calls this socialist. Ostrom goes on to point out that strong social structures can manage as well. But what cannot continue is open access to a resource under demand higher than the regeneration capacity.

    Now, here’s why the reason you’re a fuckwit. You know this – and if you don’t you’re a fuckwit for continually bleating about it without bothering to go find out – so you’re just being a pain in the arse. Stop it.

    We cool on this? You’re going to stop being a fuckwit are you?

  4. 'Swounds! Did our Tim the Magician get a wee bit trolled?

    Isn’t it really obvious that there is a massive oversupply of humans?

    What if the only real scarcity is knowledge?

    What if Hardin was just a neoliberal shill paid out of wantonly created money to lie about the real tragedy, which is the blatant willful violation of the Lockean Proviso, without which capitalism has no moral authority whatsoever?

  5. Capitalism doesn’t have or claim any moral authority. It is just a method of managing resources. If you do want to assign it a moral authority, it’s history of being by far THE best method of reducing poverty ever invented ever in the history of humanity could give it a moral authority.

  6. @jgh
    You claim Capitalism is the best…
    But that’s only because in the history of the planet, with all the failed Communist variants and socialist utopias the have come and gone, True socialism has never been tried.
    If we just tried proper socialism, it’ll work next time. Honest.

  7. True socialism has been tried, and does work – at the family level. All property is held in common by the family. All members of the family are fed and housed regardless of their ability to contribute to the family. All income to the family is income to the family. It falls down when it attempts to spread outside a family, and actions of fully-functioning adult humans are being decided by others. True socialism outside the family infantilises adults and insists they cannot make their own decisions. It even starts to fail within the family when there is conflict between freeloading and contributions, and decision-making and agency.

  8. “True socialism has never been tried.
    If we just tried proper socialism, it’ll work next time. Honest.”

    Says everyone on the left to excuse the multiple murderous and economically disastrous socialist regimes of the past. Which when you think about it sounds as dangerous as:

    True fascism has never been tried.
    If we just tried proper fascism, it’ll work next time. Honest.

  9. Capitalism doesn’t impose scarcity. Scarcity is a fact of the universe. Capitalism – as with socialism – is a response to scarcity.

    I’m reminded of the Thomas Sowell quote. The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of an item to go around at a price people are willing to pay. The first lesson of politics is to ignore the first lesson of economics.

  10. Tons of things wrong with that guy’s resume, but once you learn that Michael Brown never had his hands up, and was a violent thug who basically asked for his own murder, and see that Thrasher advocates for the organization that ignored those basic facts, there isn’t much need for further speculation.

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