Melissa Harris-Perry: Nerdland
Posted Mar 17, 2012 @ 3:31 PM
Posted Mar 17, 2012 @ 3:34 PM
The segment on Trayvon Martin was quick, but intense. The Skittles line at the end did me in.
Posted Mar 17, 2012 @ 3:56 PM
This is one reason I've never been into the SXSW thing, and I don't like it being hyped by people who call themselves "progressives". It's bad enough that I have to pay taxes in Arizona, and, try as I might, I can't get the hell out of this backwater state. I sure as wouldn't willingly go to Texas and give their tax coffers a boost. I support people who call for a boycott of my state. Why don't they do the same with Texas?
After the show I clicked around and saw stuff of how AWESOME Austin is, how dynamic is is and how great SXSW is. After two seconds, I realized that no matter how awesome it is, it is still in Texas
Posted Mar 18, 2012 @ 3:22 AM
Posted Mar 18, 2012 @ 12:11 PM
Posted Mar 18, 2012 @ 12:49 PM
Also, who's big-brothering the consult/exam room? If the practitioner failed to read the script, who'd know? Who'd tell? (I just got a prescription filled. As part of my check-out procedure, I had to sign something to affirm I'd received 'counseling' on the use of my medication. I signed it without a thought and went on my way. No such 'counseling' took place, other than my own reading of the labels when I got home, which: who but a nerd has a PDR on her shelf at home?) And if somebody did tell, it couldn't possibly be one-strike-yer-out. Which then could be parlayed into grassroots support for non-enforcement.
My point is, we often have more power that we give ourselves credit for. We just have to keep in mind that government is our employee, not our daddy. We might fail at first, but we'll win eventually...if we start somewhere.
ETA: Ah! http://whatever.scal...al-ultrasounds/ This is what I mean. Glad to see it. I particularly like "Poor acoustical window."
Edited by attica finch, Mar 21, 2012 @ 9:42 AM.
Posted Mar 25, 2012 @ 6:49 PM
MHP is doing a great job of presenting the Trayvon Martin case. She also does a great job in general of articulating the African American perspective of life in these United States.
Posted Apr 8, 2012 @ 12:26 PM
Posted Apr 8, 2012 @ 8:11 PM
Another flaw I've noticed is that the panel gets a little more off center than I think Melissa likes but she doesn't manage to bring it back as quickly as she could or perhaps should. Yesterday they danced around the overall issue of this particular Supreme Court and the fact they are essentially making decisions that rewrite the law. Citizens United and now this strip search goes beyond what pretty much every legislative effort has produced in theory let alone practice.
I was really thrilled that last week Melissa brought up the push back to Zimmerman with the fact that Trayvon Martin has as much right to standing his ground if there is even a iota of truth in Zimmerman's ever shifting account of what happened.
Today's show had a slight loopy relaxed feel even before the eggs and hat came out. Dorian (yeah I notice him. A LOT) seemed very mellow to the point that I have to suspect that maybe there were Easter Brunch mimosas being poured even before the show started.
And the egg bit actually was inspired. I'm often left feeling the show is a little too scattered or a little too determinedly focused on something I find less than compelling. The first lady bit for example seemed a bit odd in the timing as part of a tangent to women's history month. But with the eggs basket of topics? Melissa's style and her interaction with her guests really worked. Having a grab bag of the top topics and a quick wrap up discussion is a nice way to do a weekend show segment.
In part I think it works because it managed to cover some of the same matters as covered on UP but different focus and insight. And it didn't belabor the matters. Though again it cheapens the show, harmlessly I know, but still... to mention the word Kardashian. C'mon, Melissa. Unless she is running for office or caught in a political scandal I fail to see why I should not be able to find weekend mornings on MSNBC completely Kardashian free.
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 10:13 AM
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 11:47 AM
Too bad because I thought the show had so much promise and she's definitely a very smart lady but she didn't hold my attention at all.
Agreed. Though I find her an intelligent person, this show seems all about her being in love with the sound of her own voice. The whole thing bores me. I should be interested, but I'm not.
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 12:55 PM
Plus, MHP has that not-quite-a-lisp thing going on that drives me crazy. I can only take so much of her.
Edited by Ohwell, Apr 15, 2012 @ 12:56 PM.
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 2:23 PM
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 2:38 PM
Shallow note one: Loved MHP's "Uppity" mug on the table yesterday!
Shallow note two: MHP needs to stop wearing that flat pendant on her necklace. It catches the studio lights and is really irritating to see flashing across the screen.
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 3:38 PM
Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen transgendered talking heads on teevee when it wasn't about sports (Renee Richards, Mike Penner/Christine Daniels, etc.)Go MHP!
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 3:47 PM
She often historicizes events in interesting ways, also, but I'd prefer she do it with the authority of someone like Rachel or Chris (although people in Rachel's thread also critique her for being too cutesy, too).
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 3:57 PM
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 4:21 PM
Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 9:41 AM
Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 10:48 AM
It's really funny about the Rosen comment. I guess I either heard more of her initial statement or my antenna was already tuned to that frequency, because I understood what she meant. I have a cousin that leans heavily on her mom for help with her kid and have employees who have to leave the office frequently because of kid or ex-spouse drama. I have no idea how women who have an inflexible schedule manage. I also have guy who's wife stays home with their four boys. Everyone knows that isn't easy for her.
I know the whole slavery in modern America could fill up an entire season, but I was a little disappointed that no one mentioned the conditions of the migrant workers in Florida who end up owning their employers money after a season of work.
Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 11:02 AM
I was a little disappointed that no one mentioned the conditions of the migrant workers in Florida who end up owning their employers money after a season of work.
God. And I'm sure the employers think they are doing them a big favor, too. :(
Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 7:12 AM
I wanted to know how he was financing his education at one of the most expensive schools. Is he like the President, scholarships and student loans he'll have to pay off till he's 40? Or is doing what his candidate of choice recommends...borrow money from his partents? (who have bank accts off shore and in Switzerland.
I also wished MHP had asked him why people like him vote against their best interests?
Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 9:11 AM
Posted May 21, 2012 @ 12:58 PM
I was hoping to commiserate on what a giant, douchebag that guy was on Sat. Gah - I can't even remember his name. He kept interrupting everyone and told Ezra Klein he was wrong on basically everything. At one point, I thought Ezra's eyes were gonna bug out of his head, but he remained a gentleman. Katrina Vandehuevel (I know I butchered that spelling) was having a hard time keeping her eyes from rolling completely back inside here head. He's the one who said that they were all going too far to say it was a "war on women" and they should basically lighten up and then at one point, he called Melissa "Castro". Nice.
Posted May 21, 2012 @ 1:11 PM
Posted May 21, 2012 @ 2:03 PM
Posted May 21, 2012 @ 2:59 PM
I wonder if MHP is starting to run into the problems Rachel has getting the Conservative pov. I can't see any other reason for having this guy on.
Posted May 21, 2012 @ 9:46 PM
Posted May 21, 2012 @ 10:54 PM
I agree. He did make the show unwatchable. If I wanted to see Republicans and hear their bullshit, I'd watch Fox News.
Yeah, he made it positively unwatchable for me. I don't need everyone to agree with me, but he was totally haughty and wouldn't let anyone else make their point. And he was dismissive. It was too bad, because I was really interested in some of the debt topics they were talking about, but I just couldn't stomach listening to this asshole.