Paul Pearson
Awesome Person 2011
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Jan 4, 2016 Paul Pearson commented on As a Former Jehovah's Witness, I Seethed with Jealousy at The Book of Mormon.
...although nowadays the Watchtower/Jehovah's Witnesses are their own grim, insular, not-very-funny self-parody. Google News Search if you're interested.
Jan 4, 2016 Paul Pearson commented on As a Former Jehovah's Witness, I Seethed with Jealousy at The Book of Mormon.
I was also raised a JW, and though I've only heard the cast album of BOM, I swear I was thinking the exact same thing the author expresses just this past weekend.
Jun 24, 2015 Paul Pearson commented on Capitol Hill's New Rainbow Crosswalks.
Settle's great. Next stop Talcoma.
Nov 24, 2014 Paul Pearson commented on The Seahawks Won. I Told You So..
I'm infuriated. The wiener dog race deserved an actual winner. There goes my closure for another goddam year.
Jul 29, 2014 Paul Pearson commented on Newly Exhumed Documents Reveal Mark Driscoll's Vision of Our "Pussified Nation".
So, is it pussified to spend a quarter million trying to fake his way onto the NY Times Bestseller list? Or was his original marketing plan pussified? Or -- shudder -- was the book itself pussified? 'Cause at some point in that whole fiasco, Driscoll was in full-on pussification mode by his own definition. I just can't figure out where.
Apr 22, 2014 Paul Pearson commented on Why Did You Do This To Us, Avril Lavigne?.
In this edition of old man Paul struggles with youth culture...

I guarantee you at least one-third of the decisions about the production of this video, and probably more than half of those about the recording, were made by bored, cynical old men.
Apr 22, 2014 Paul Pearson commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Wedding Party.
That means if I have a bad day at work, for example, I should be able to stomp my feet, scream, cry, anything—even have "tantrums" like a two-year-old child—and if my husband whom I trust happens to be in the home, he should respect my choices!

Errm, no. If you're cognitively making those choices to go over the top the minute you check in at home, if your coping option is to clock in at six and start going all Bobby Knight on the dining room chairs, he does not have to respect that choice at all. He shouldn't retaliate or make it worse, but he shouldn't have to respect it. Silver lining: If tables were turned, you wouldn't have to either.

However I'm not convinced this letter's real -- it reads like someone in the Bravo Network's writers room got their hands on nitrous oxide and pumped it into the water supply -- but in case these people really exist, yes, divorce, immediately, don't care who starts it.
Mar 29, 2014 Paul Pearson commented on "Article" Actually Just Taco Bell Advertisement.
I wrote a couple of album reviews a few years ago for, about a month after I stopped contributing to the Seattle Times. Blogcritics is a take-your-chances aggregate of a bunch of unpaid writers, a few of whom were pretty good, and a lot of whom were fairly tired-sounding or pre-opinionated; i.e. "Music of today is crap and all the stuff put out today is worthless and with those tenets in mind I'm now going to review this new electronic album." (I don't know where I fell in the spectrum because I'm terrible at self-assessment, except for never taking that latter position in print.)

The point being, about a month after I wrote a review of the Black Keys' "El Camino" album I discovered it was showing up on the Seattle P-I's website. The P-I was running material from Blogcritics. I don't assume they picked and chose which articles to run with. I would imagine with their skeletal crew they didn't have a checks-and-balances system for farmed content, and I doubted Blogcritics would either.

So literally everyone who wrote a reasoned opinion or a gaseous blubbering tirade for Blogcritics was also writing for the P-I, de facto. That's the business model for mainstream journalism. Content's like oil or polyethylene: It's just expected to be there in indiscriminate mass quantities and the P-I just needs to be the placemat.
Mar 7, 2014 Paul Pearson commented on In Case Y'all Perhaps Wondered Where Pharrell Sourced "Happy".
Can I ask the author of this article exactly what elements of Velvet Hammer's "Happy" he thought Pharrell ripped off? I hear zero similarities. Come on, guys.