Each week, The Kernel reprints a selection of readers’ emails, comments and tweets. This week, readers contacted us about food supplement Soylent, ‘men’s rights’ and our own relaunch.
Re: The Kernel’s relaunch
SIR — “You have literally jizzed content all over my feed.”
SIR — “The new @KernelMag is to linkbait what @VICE is to hipster.”
SIR — “BREAKING: @KernelMag relaunches, unveils massively annoying overtweeting strategy.”
SIR — “A more mature and somewhat edgier @KernelMag respawns. It’s like Britney holding a BlackBerry. A complete disaster or very, very exciting.”
SIR — “@KernelMag nice to see the arrogance hasn’t gone away.”
SIR — “Went to quickly check out @KernelMag’s new site, and now I have 7 tabs open. Dang.”
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The resilience of youth
SIR — Greg presents an excellent criticism of Soylent in this article, enough to disappoint me as I am the kind of person who would quite like to replace all the non-special meals in my life with a milkshake. It did make me wonder, though, whether one could build a machine containing all the possible ingredients (much like an inkjet printer with different coloured ink cartridges) which could take a small blood sample, analyse it and dispense exactly the nutrients the body requires at that precise moment?
— Mark Rendle
SIR — Surely a Silicon Valley approach in the food industry is a good thing? On the face of this article alone it would appear the Soylent team are way out of their depth. Nutritional science is a complex field and I’m sure regulation will come back to bite them. I do however commend their determination. Nutrition deficiencies and food shortages are two serious global issues which are only just starting to receive credible interest from those outside research labs. This high-profile campaign funded by the ‘Kickstarted herd’ will naturally attract the attention of other more qualified individuals who may have previously been put off by the commercial viability of such a project. I for one would much prefer a ‘test-tube’ burger over a white powder that will result in me being stripped naked every time I try and transport it through an airport.
— David Greenwood
SIR — On one hand, you write that “claiming that Soylent must be bad just because ‘we don’t fully understand it yet’ is simply fear of progress”, but on the second hand you do basically the same thing. True, Rob Rhinehart is not a nutritional expert. But what makes you think there is nothing to learn from his success? Why should his work be dismissed as the “resilience of youth”? Soylent is just four or five months old, so what if at this point in time it is fashioned for the nutritional needs of one person? Who said this thing can’t be developed into something modular, flexible, that anyone can benefit from? If more people show good results from using Soylent, will you still dismiss it as a crock?
— via email
Articles such as yours only make it easier for those with interests to brake Soylent’s progress. Imagine how many billions and trillions of dollars will be lost to the crappy food manufacturers if people actually have a healthy alternative, custom designed for their individual needs. There’s your answer as to why this is not going to happen.
— Ido Perlmuter
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Sticking up for boys
SIR — Your article ends with the questions, “…will narratives like this ever be allowed to appear in the mainstream media? Or is it too late?” I’d like to point out at least one place where it does. The Wall St. Journal’s James Taranto, online editorial page editor and author of the daily ‘Best of the Web’ column, seems to frequently analyze topics through an MRM lens. Appeals to ‘hypergamy’ and evolutionary gender psychology regularly appear in his columns. On a lesser note, the near-mainstream media website ‘Instapundit,’ run by Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds, has recently taken to linking stories to the MRA website ‘Dalrock.’ This is rather amazing for what is usually regarded as a political site. His wife is Helen Smith, author of ‘Men on Strike.’
— James Hair
SIR — Just writing to compliment you on your brilliant article about MRAs. The MHRM needs all the good publicity it can get these days, and that article could’ve gone long strides towards tangible reform for men and equality in law and society.
— Anonymous, via email
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