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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / The State of American Journalism
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:15:33 pm »
A Washington Journal interview with a RAND corporation political scientist on the state of journalism.

She has an interesting bit of history on where she pins the shift in American journalism: around 2000 is where she pegs the mark. The whole thing is about 45 minutes long and she talks about various topics, including the shift from the more academic, detached news reports to a more active storytelling type of journalism, to yellow journalism and its history, as well as other things.

I think it's an interesting look at where we're at. I'm not completely through it yet, but she seems to be doing a pretty good job at not blaming any one outlet and quietly showing that both mainstream media and alternative media are culpable here.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / A Win For Property Rights
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:51:10 pm »
Indiana done did goof in Tyson Timbs v. Indiana. And the Supreme Court came down with a 9-0 decision that reversed the Indiana Court and has a potentially huge impact on Civil Asset Forfeiture across the country.

Basically, taking someone's $42K truck to satisfy their $10K bill to the state was deemed Unconstitutional under the Excessive Fines clause of the 8th amendment. (Prior to this, that clause of the 8th Amendment has not been "incorporated" to the states, meaning that it only applies to the Federal government.)

That has rather large ramifications to other jursidictions who do the same thing routinely... like California... Seattle... Chicago...

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So when I'm running D&D, I try to remind myself, in descriptions, of things like, "Use the word lightning instead of electricity," or, "disease or malady instead of virus or bacteria." Substitutions that sound more in genre (even though D&D 3 used Electricity as a descriptor) when you're describing something. (Sometimes this might lead to a coconut effect, where I'm using a word because it sounds more atmospheric, even though the word I'm replacing would be just fine to people of that era/setting-equivalent.)

I'm curious what are some other substitutions or words you would use, and in what context? What are things you do for the correct sizzle for your game (or that your DM does for the game you're playing in, or both)?

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