||Daughters of the Night
||I grew up as an atheist in a town of churches, and started paying attention to grown-up issues just in time to see Carter lose to Reagan,|
||"Wings of Light"
||Circus of Doom
||so I guess I have always basically assumed that hard questions will have popular wrong answers.|
||Eye of Melian
||Vita Nova +1
||Encouraging people to not get vaccinated prolongs a global pandemic and thus literally kills people,|
||"The First Leaf Falls"
||but only if those people were actually swayed from making a better decision.|
||"At Candle Light"
||Joe Rogan is a dolt, but his popularity is a function of popular doltishness, not the cause of it.|
||He speaks a language of doltishness that his listeners understand,|
||"Leave My Place"
||but he is not its academy or its neologist.|
||"My Last Desire"
||The smug "do your own research" sociopathy on which he capitalizes is a product of flawed education|
||"De la Place pour Deux"
||exacerbated by culture-war politics,|
||"Fears Don't Matter"
||but it's bad in a way that almost everything that came before it was worse.|
||Daughters of the Night
||"Do your own research" usually misunderstands research,|
||but at least acknowledges it as an idea.|
||Rie a.k.a. Suzaku
||World Journey 2
||We are the creatures, remember, who branded Galileo a heretic for looking through a telescope and taking thoughtful notes,|
||and that was a while ago, but the Pope only apologized about it in 1992,|
||by which time Joe Rogan and I were both already in our twenties.|
||The company where I work made a bet on the tradeoff between Rogan's popularity and his doltishness,|
||Kami-sama, I have noticed
||and you can tell from this bet that this is not my department,|
||Ivy to Fraudulent Game
||but you could already tell that from previous endorsements of astrology and psychic auras,|
||"Wake Me Up"
||and from the passive approach to personalization|
||yeti let you notice
||and the giddy enthusiasm for machine learning.|
||a crowd of rebellion
||We have progressed from non-sentience to ignorance to superstition to erratic and often-poor moral reasoning,|
||and while our tenuous survival as a species probably depends on us making significant additional progress on an aggressive schedule,|
||history is holistically encouraging.|
||Things have been worse.|
||Rogan is an influential dolt, but he's not a theocrat or a fascist.|
||"Maybe I'm Still Drunk"
||We throw the Ring into Mt. Doom, and come home to find Saruman;|
||Jesse & Joy
||Tolkien's only literary cowardice was letting the story end without pointing out that this is an eternal cycle.|
||For every problem solvable by momentary heroics,|
||"Aklından Geçen Anlar"
||there is another one waiting, amenable only to mundane diligence.|
||Vaccines are heroic,|
||"You Keep Me Crawling"
||The Gods We Can Touch
||getting cosplay libertarians to take them is laborious.|
||Wishful Thinking +3
||Ending slavery was heroic,|
||"Best Days (feat. Pentatonix)"
||unraveling the self-preservational instincts of a once-privileged tribe is more epic however less glamorous.|
||"Keeping The Light On"
||Pulling your music off of its biggest platform in protest against misinformation is heroic,|
||Age of Apathy
||but also sadly performative,|
||"London Is Lonely"
||London Is Lonely +1
||and probably even counter-productive.|
||Kyla La Grange
||While Your Heart's Still Beating
||You don't defeat ignorance by silencing its celebrants,|
||"Want You Like That"
||Love and Other Lies
||any more than you stop the sea from rising|
||"Too Fun for My Health"
||Down the Rabbit Hole
||by sinking the yachts of oligarchs from the surface of it.|
||The sea rises,|
||"I'm Letting You Go"
||and we rush purposefully to the shore.|
||We want to be able to push the water back down,|
||"I Forgive Me"
||to punch the people who must be pulling it up,|
||to stand silhouetted against the sunset on the warm sand|
||revealed by the ocean's sheepish and conclusive retreat.|
||And it does. It does retreat. It works, we are winning.|
||But then the sand we saved from drowning turns out to be cold and wet,|
||"dont fall in love in a small town (home for the holidays)"
||and the sun doesn't set over this coast anyway,|
||and a few hours later the water comes back.|
||death's dynamic shroud
||The same water? Different water?|
||"Heaven Meets Hell"
||That's not really the question.|
||"Call Me Little Sunshine"
||Call Me Little Sunshine +1
||Joe Rogan amplifies misjudgment by reiterating a systemic solipsistic myopia:|
||"Only the Dead"
||Not the End of the Road
||the world is small,|
||"Now Is the Time"
||and made for people like you,|
||"Shut It Out"
||One More River to Cross
||and other people are a nebulous and inconsequential corona formed around it by their own jealous timidity.|
||"Don't Say a Word"
||This has been the premise of every kind of exceptionalism ever,|
||Edge Of Forever
||"The Other Side of Pain"
||and exceptionalism in turn is the root of every evil,|
||"Postcard from the End of the World"
||or maybe even its ultimate secular definition.|
||The Halo Effect
||"Feel What I Believe"
||The forces that oppose it are curious,|
||"Of Beasts and Worms"
||"The Age Of No Light"
||The Age Of No Light +1
||I'd rather people were listening to Joe Rogan than watching Tucker Carlson,|
||"On the Shore of Eternity"
||Neither Moth nor Rust
||which is kind of like saying I'd rather be hit by a leased hypercar with a stupid engine than a tellingly spotless pickup with stupid suspension.|
||"Advent of Dark Lord"
||Age of Lord
||I would rather they were reading a little bit of actually-reported news while listening to music,|
||and then doing today's Wordle, and then a lot of something else while still listening to music.|
||Rogan's defenders point out that he invites guests with diverse perspectives,|
||"Beyond Good and Evil"
||Beyond Good and Evil +1
||but he only does so under the condition that they meet him in his room.|
||"Lowly Weep - Single Version"
||This is like ordering food from a country you never plan to visit,|
||"9 väärää kättä"
||but only choosing the chicken with the fewest menu-adjectives,|
||via a phone app that ensures that only the UberEats driver even sees who made it.|
||"Aufstand der Anständigen"
||Mittendrin statt außen dabei
||This is a kind of curiosity, but a slow one,|
||and one that structurally guarantees that you will grow no more|
||than a guy whose economic basis is a petulant and machismic non-growth.|
||"Robot Writes A Love Song"
||Robot Writes A Love Song +1
||Music is faster,|
||"Time Will Make Children of Us All"
||The Salt Water Well
||and bounded only by the limits of humanity,|
||Black Country, New Road
||Snow Globes +3
||which are exactly the limits we urgently need to reach.|
||Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
||Rogan's next episode will sidle up to the same electric fence of content-moderation,|
||Though life has turned out nothing like I imagined, it is far better than I could have dreamt.
||wherever you put it,|
||The Shape of Everything
||because grinning through that fence is his trademark selfie-pose.|
||"Contra Mi Generación"
||Neil Young's disdain will only encourage him, if anything.|
||World I Understand
||Both men know that Rogan has slightly more power at the moment,|
||The Wedding Present
||"We Should Be Together"
||We Should Be Together +1
||so the immediate consequences are obvious.|
||Everyone also knows, though, that there's no filibuster to protect this power indefinitely.|
||Pedro The Lion
||"Don't Wanna Move"
||The world's most popular podcast is a lot less popular than all the world's music.|
||"happier than ever"
||If a few more artists join Neil Young in this particular picked fight,|
||A Day To Remember
||"Re-Entry (feat. Mark Hoppus)"
||Re-Entry (feat. Mark Hoppus) +2
||they can win it.|
||"Dawn of the Moon"
||Biden beat Trump, too.|
||Ruhan Du Toit
||"Ter Wille Van Ons Kinders"
||In the real world, the Ring doesn't get thrown into Mt. Doom,|
||it gets shipped to a golf club in Florida, and displayed in a trophy case.|
||Amawele Ka Mamtshawe
||"Bayakhuluma - Original Mix"
||Shup Up Uzolimala
||The only meaningful victory here is fewer people seeing themselves in doltishness,|
||or seeing disqualificational doltishness in others.|
||Rogan is not trying to cross these lines, but nor is Neil Young.|
||You only cross them by turning in some direction other than the ones you know,|
||North Point Worship
||"Deliverer - Live"
||and walking until you prove to even yourself that the world extends this way, too.|
||"Call me out"
||The next Joe Rogan episode probably won't do that, no matter how he's censured.|
||Galileo got his apology, but it definitely came too late for him,|
||and it remains to be seen if it came too late for us, too.|
||Evolution is slow. Social evolution is faster than biology, but still slow.|
||"Mees, kes aina igatses"
||Songs are fast. Streaming is fast. Neil Young can take his music away in minutes.|
||"Do Not Fear Love"
||He could put it back in minutes, too, but meanwhile, you can listen to something else, something you don't already know how not to fear.|
||Daughters of the Night
||You don't have to wait to see if Joe Rogan asks questions about Inuit throat singing or Italian power metal or Zulu drumming or whatever you find when you try to walk away from where you've been.|
||First to Eleven
||You don't have to listen to people you've already judged, talking about things you already hate or believe.|
||"Genie In A Bottle (Metal Version)"
||All these towns have churches, none of them designed to eject you upon a journey,|
||or to remind you that wrong answers are always popular when they're all we have, and then still for a while after that, and then finally for just three more minutes.|
||The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
||And then the next song is different.|