VIDEO LOSS

a blog, newsletter, and kaleidoscope notebook about politics, the media, and culture
by tom bunting, a Real Journalist

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The south is reopening, but people aren’t going out

The south is reopening, but people aren’t going out

The south is reopening, but people aren’t going out

Over at Slate, Jordan Weissmann has some interesting data on restaurant attendance and how its changing in states that are reopening. Per Weissmann:

At restaurants that use OpenTable’s booking software, the number of diners in every state where the company tracks data was still down by 82 percent or more through Sunday, compared with a year before. That includes early reopeners like Georgia (down 92 percent), Utah (down 91 percent), Nebraska (down 90 percent), South Carolina (down 89 percent), Tennessee (down 87 percent), Texas (down 83 percent), and Oklahoma (down 82 percent).

And then here’s a chart:

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We shall see if these attendance figures spike as reopening becomes more normalized, but I think this hits at a really important point: people aren’t going to feel safe just because the government is pushing for reopening. As Matt Yglesias astutely pointed out at Vox a few weeks ago, “opening up the economy won’t save the economy.” We’ve seen a growing partisan divide between support for lockdown measures, yet most Americans are still worried about coronavirus and support stricter social distancing measures. And this matter because restaurants are going to start running out of PPP cash to make payroll, and are going to have a harder time delaying rent payments when landlords are able to see they are, technically, reopened.

Unless customers suddenly get comfy with risking their lives for a cheeseburger—or unless Congress approves another wave of relief spending—this is going to be an immensely difficult period of time for restaurants and bars.

The south is reopening, but people aren’t going out

Over at Slate, Jordan Weissmann has some interesting data on restaurant attendance and how its changing in states that are reopening. Per Weissmann:

At restaurants that use OpenTable’s booking software, the number of diners in every state where the company tracks data was still down by 82 percent or more through Sunday, compared with a year before. That includes early reopeners like Georgia (down 92 percent), Utah (down 91 percent), Nebraska (down 90 percent), South Carolina (down 89 percent), Tennessee (down 87 percent), Texas (down 83 percent), and Oklahoma (down 82 percent).

And then here’s a chart:

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We shall see if these attendance figures spike as reopening becomes more normalized, but I think this hits at a really important point: people aren’t going to feel safe just because the government is pushing for reopening. As Matt Yglesias astutely pointed out at Vox a few weeks ago, “opening up the economy won’t save the economy.” We’ve seen a growing partisan divide between support for lockdown measures, yet most Americans are still worried about coronavirus and support stricter social distancing measures. And this matter because restaurants are going to start running out of PPP cash to make payroll, and are going to have a harder time delaying rent payments when landlords are able to see they are, technically, reopened.

Unless customers suddenly get comfy with risking their lives for a cheeseburger—or unless Congress approves another wave of relief spending—this is going to be an immensely difficult period of time for restaurants and bars.

Vote shaming is a scam

Vote shaming is a scam

Vote shaming is a scam

The departure of Bernie Sanders from the Presidential primary has triggered a new wave of something I call Trump-era vote shaming. Embodied by moderate Democrats and some further left media figures, the phenomenon consists of scolding people on Twitter who are planning on not voting. The progressive commentator Mehdi Hasan has been in the midst of a multi-day Twitter meltdown over the nessecity of leftists voting for Joe Biden specifically and every Democratic candidate more broadly. In a protracted debate with leftist podcaster Kyle Kulinski, Mehdi repeatedly denounced Biden while maintaining “if you’re ok with a white nationalist winning a second term [by not voting], I question your “left-wing” credentials”.

Kulinski—who is in the middle of his own multi day meltdown about not voting—responded, “If you support a corrupt war criminal rapist for president (Biden) then I question your left wing credentials as well.”

According to Mehdi’s Twitter bio, he lives in Washington DC, one of the more comfortably blue voting areas in the country. It’s actually right up there with New York in terms of a safe Biden state, which is where Kulinski lives.

I point this out to underline that it doesn’t fucking matter who Mehdi Hasan or Kyle Kulinski votes for. Nor does it matter for the vast, vast, VAST, majority of people fighting the pro-or-anti-vote fight online, who generally live in blue districts.

The people who don’t vote are low information voters. They are not reading your political Twitter account. You are not making a difference by scolding the New York leftie who is proudly not voting on Twitter, who is also being a dumb-dumb by acting like his lack of a vote in some district in Brooklyn matters.

This is all empty posturing and it’s exhausting and no one should care.

Vote shaming is a scam

The departure of Bernie Sanders from the Presidential primary has triggered a new wave of something I call Trump-era vote shaming. Embodied by moderate Democrats and some further left media figures, the phenomenon consists of scolding people on Twitter who are planning on not voting. The progressive commentator Mehdi Hasan has been in the midst of a multi-day Twitter meltdown over the nessecity of leftists voting for Joe Biden specifically and every Democratic candidate more broadly. In a protracted debate with leftist podcaster Kyle Kulinski, Mehdi repeatedly denounced Biden while maintaining “if you’re ok with a white nationalist winning a second term [by not voting], I question your “left-wing” credentials”.

Kulinski—who is in the middle of his own multi day meltdown about not voting—responded, “If you support a corrupt war criminal rapist for president (Biden) then I question your left wing credentials as well.”

According to Mehdi’s Twitter bio, he lives in Washington DC, one of the more comfortably blue voting areas in the country. It’s actually right up there with New York in terms of a safe Biden state, which is where Kulinski lives.

I point this out to underline that it doesn’t fucking matter who Mehdi Hasan or Kyle Kulinski votes for. Nor does it matter for the vast, vast, VAST, majority of people fighting the pro-or-anti-vote fight online, who generally live in blue districts.

The people who don’t vote are low information voters. They are not reading your political Twitter account. You are not making a difference by scolding the New York leftie who is proudly not voting on Twitter, who is also being a dumb-dumb by acting like his lack of a vote in some district in Brooklyn matters.

This is all empty posturing and it’s exhausting and no one should care.

The breakdown begins

People are getting angry, and they should be.

The breakdown begins

The breakdown begins
The breakdown begins

So What Else Has Been Going On?

Video Loss hasn’t published since March 3rd. Uh...a lot has happened since then

So What Else Has Been Going On?

So What Else Has Been Going On?
So What Else Has Been Going On?

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

From Tyler Pager of Bloomberg:

“One precinct chair just told me had still hasn’t been able to report his results because the phoneme app is not working and he’s been on hold for the call hotline for more than 30 minutes.”

The state party is using a new app to tally the results from different caucus sites, which apparently has been eating shit today. The party told Bloomberg earlier today that the issues would be resolved, but it seems like they haven’t. What a mess.

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

From Tyler Pager of Bloomberg:

“One precinct chair just told me had still hasn’t been able to report his results because the phoneme app is not working and he’s been on hold for the call hotline for more than 30 minutes.”

The state party is using a new app to tally the results from different caucus sites, which apparently has been eating shit today. The party told Bloomberg earlier today that the issues would be resolved, but it seems like they haven’t. What a mess.

A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

Just wanted to take a quick second to clarify something about Video Loss and its recent output. I’ve been writing a lot about the 2020 election, often to the perceived detriment of other topics like media, culture, and technology.

While I will likely continue focusing on politics, especially in the lead up to the primary calendar, I do want to just say that I’ve been working on a number of bigger media and culture stories that should start hitting later this week. One media thing I’ve been working on in particular is a very large, ongoing project that I’m incredibly excited about.

As always, thanks for reading Video Loss. I’ve been feeling good about the amount of output over the last week or so, and just wanted to clarify my editorial intents.

A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

Just wanted to take a quick second to clarify something about Video Loss and its recent output. I’ve been writing a lot about the 2020 election, often to the perceived detriment of other topics like media, culture, and technology.

While I will likely continue focusing on politics, especially in the lead up to the primary calendar, I do want to just say that I’ve been working on a number of bigger media and culture stories that should start hitting later this week. One media thing I’ve been working on in particular is a very large, ongoing project that I’m incredibly excited about.

As always, thanks for reading Video Loss. I’ve been feeling good about the amount of output over the last week or so, and just wanted to clarify my editorial intents.

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Cities, Ranked

Cities, Ranked

Cities, Ranked
  1. San Francisco
  2. Vancouver
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Chicago
  5. Boston
  6. Seattle
  7. Washington DC
  8. Pittsburg
  9. Portland
  10. New York City
  11. San Jose


Cities, Ranked

  1. San Francisco
  2. Vancouver
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Chicago
  5. Boston
  6. Seattle
  7. Washington DC
  8. Pittsburg
  9. Portland
  10. New York City
  11. San Jose


We're Nervous: A Podcast Series About Anxiety and Society

We're Nervous: A Podcast Series About Anxiety and Society

We're Nervous: A Podcast Series About Anxiety and Society
We're Nervous: A Podcast Series About Anxiety and Society

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood wants you to hang out and be cool

Tarantino’s latest is a shockingly earnest ode to a bygone era in society and filmmaking, an intoxicatingly fun film that only wants to be seen on its own terms

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood wants you to hang out and be cool

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood wants you to hang out and be cool

It's Friday and my brother is dying

It's Friday and my brother is dying

It's Friday and my brother is dying
It's Friday and my brother is dying