And that, right there, is a shining example of why I hate McSweeney's. The smug, condescending, ignorant elitist hipsterism. The "humor" in that is supposed to be "Nobody has really thought about this before, they all took it on face value, but I really listened to it, and actually it was stupid." (And please, nobody try to tell me that that's supposed to be an "ironic" attitude. That's just meaning it but trying for plausible deniability.) The problem is that every single one of those questions can be answered by having a passing familiarity with the body of folklore that "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" comes out of and is a part of. The hipster assumes that other people are missing something -- the stupidity of the song -- but instead it is the hipster who is missing something -- the context of the song. Rather than actually go do some research and understand what's going on in the story, the hipster decides it would be really funny to turn it into a piece for McSweeney's, where they love this shit.
Scandal Amongst the Pagans: Pantheacon Fuckery and SMOWs
I've been very distracted the past couple of weeks, putting together my application for a developers' academy, getting it as right as I could. It's done now, and I'm trying to turn my mind back to writing other things.
Apparently, while I was busy, Scandals, Alarums, and Excursions have been brewing in the pagan community.
It seems like almost every year, some massive fuckery happens at Pantheacon. A couple years ago it was Z Budapest's transmisogyny, and apparently this year it was racism.