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the internet can be good, i promise

There's great stuff out there if you're willing to look for it.
Jul 05 2024

ai goes to the supreme court (of public opinion) which I appoint myself as the judge, jury, and executioner for three different uses of generative AI.
Apr 23 2024

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Down the Ladder is an independent multimedia project that provides analysis and commentary on politics, media, and history.

My name is Damian Thomas, and I've been writing off-and-on about politics, history, and media since 2017.

This project is what it says on the tin: an attempt to take discourse and media that are abstract and indefinite and pull them "down the ladder" - that is to say, ground them in material reality.

The content here ranges from media analysis, to covering the historical context behind contemporary political events, all the way to on-the-ground reporting. If you like what you see, feel free to support me using the link below.

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