The difference between equality and equity, and how Medium can rise above
There is a flurry of articles and blog posts around the recent Medium news. Everyone seems to be weighing in, and I’ve already done my share.
I saw my views tank last fall, and March has been my worst month to date. This month I will make barely any money. I wasn’t a top earner, but I went from $1200 a month for 10 articles to $50 in a matter of months.
Something is off. There are changes happening behind the Medium curtain, and everyone is speculating. …
It’s not up to the individual to save the world
Consumption and the capitalist dream. America loves it. I love it. The rise of dopamine when we press “place order” is doubled when we get another jolt of dopamine from a package at our front door a few days later. Almost as exciting as the feeling of getting a birthday present. Gift wrapped in a perfect box for our pleasure and enjoyment.
Shopping is so far ingrained in our culture, so a habit. Shopping is so ingrained we have to try not to do it. We are relentlessly bombarded by…
The invention of the motion picture is quintessentially American
The cigar smoke in Leland Stanford’s parlor hung heavy in the air. The lucky men who attended Stanford’s elaborate dinner party in the spring of 1872 were brimming with privilege and money. Their wool vests barely buttoned around their swollen stomachs. Brandy in their hands, they discussed the current events of the day from the sweetness of Stanford’s mansion in San Francisco.
All of the men had well groomed beards, as was the fashion of the day. Their black wool coats hung in the hall of Stanford’s grand entrance. …
October 20th, 1971
Hello! Welcome to the TurnedUp Newsletter #1
Our Newsletter takes a look at a current popular culture discussion, and looks backwards for context, nuance, and clarity.
Woody Allen on Dick Cavett. October 20th, 1971.
Woody Allen and Dick Cavett were real life good friends, Woody is reported to have visited Dick in the hospital multiple times when Dick was hospitalized for depression.
Woody created an act, a comedic schtick of nervousness, and self deprecating humor about his size and appearance, and almost disarming charm to play against a character also totally confident, quick witted, and alluringly arrogant.
The double doors of the clinic automatically opened when I walked towards them. Welcoming me into the sterile, neutral-toned, overly grey medical building. I noticed the check-in desk to the left. Living in Seattle for only three weeks, one of my first tasks after moving three thousand miles away was getting my son’s psychiatric medications prescribed by a new provider in Seattle.
Ending up in this magic appointment was a matter of getting onto a waiting list with one hour's notice. Not much prep time for my son, Dominic. Before I moved, I asked Dominic’s psychiatrist to send his records…
Examining the lyrics of two of his most controversial songs about women
Eminem and I are almost the same age, and it feels apropos to write this article and mention our age similarities. I am definitely not in the category of stalker, or super fan. It’s not weird, so don’t make it sound weird, OK. I have been a fan of Eminem’s work for twenty years.
It’s just Eminem and I have a lot of surface commonalities. We are both fans of hip hop, in recovery, have adopted children, and both grew up poor.
We are both writers…
1997 was a bad year for love
Ancient and predictable. Rising in defiance to the dewy quiet darkness. Unfettered in its promises.
Promises that pierced through a cloudless sky right to Claudia’s eyes.
She squinted at its persistence. Welcomed into another August day. Is there hope at all?
Claudia’s senses, awoken from the sweat combed around her hairline. The rising heat made her skin itch. The bed, now uncomfortable, lifted Claudia up from her solemness. She needed coffee.
He promised to call. She’d waited so long to hear his voice. Soft and low, monotone and certain. As certain…
I am not sure it’s necessary, but it’s personal.
Sitting on crinkly paper in a hospital gown, my naked butt kept moving impatiently. Each move sent the noise from the paper echoing through the room. My feet dangled off the side of the exam table. It made me feel small, uneasy, unbalanced
I was small. A fully grown woman who stopped somewhere in the petite section. I never made it past the hemmed pants, and narrow shoulders. Never going to be a model like my mother.
The doctor came in and leaned against the sink. He was from Africa, tall…
Is implicit bias in the new algorithm for monetization pushing women off Medium
I started writing on medium in 2019, and the algorithm for monetization was changed around the same time. Medium went from an algorithm based on claps, to an algorithm based on time readers spent reading your article. This change occurred right before I started writing.
I wrote a few dozen articles, and some of those articles did really well. Earning me over $500 a month regularly. It wasn’t my full time job, and I was really enjoying writing. …
Racism and Misogyny and the harassment of women of color
There is an uptick of negative Meghan Markle news popping up in what feels like an intentional smear from Buckingham Palace ahead of a rare interview with Oprah airing Friday, March 7th, with Harry and Meghan
Another round of racism and sexism arguing Meghan’s right to exist in her space.
As a woman, and a woman of color, she has earned success as an actress, and humanitarian. She is also married to Prince Harry, 6th in line to head of the British monarchy. …