All posts by Eric Shepherd

Eric Shepherd

About Eric Shepherd

Eric is a marketing professional working and living in Portland, ME. His writing on politics, science, and culture has appeared on NPR.com, Babble.com, and other national and regional outlets. Eric is also a public speaker on topics related to branding, social media, and cause marketing. He spent 10 years as a recording and touring musician. He has lived up and down the East Coast, but loves Portland the very most.

We have a gun problem, and it’s totally the right time to talk about it

Here we are, reeling again from another uniquely American gun massacre. Cue the same debate on gun control, the same arguments with family members and friends on Facebook. The same finger-pointing, the same lack of progress. The snake eats its tail, over and over, forever and ever, amen. Each time a mass shooter strikes in […]

Confession: I went record shopping right after the towers fell on 9/11

“Where were you when the planes hit?” – that’s my generation’s JFK question. I remember it well. Unless you were directly involved in the day’s events, the answers are all strikingly similar. I was working in my (then) company’s office in downtown Boston. Someone yelled across the room, “Go to cnn.com.” The image on the […]

Everything you know is wrong: Wikipedia’s ‘List of Common Misconceptions’

We are gullible people, as we painfully learned over the course of the 2016 election cycle. Even the wackiest of claims, repeated often (and loud) enough, will often become “true.” And while many misconceptions are trivial, some perpetuate ignorance and can lead to harm. The very nature of Wikipedia, which relies on the general public to […]

Tolerance doesn’t require that we tolerate the intolerant

It never fails. As soon as people of sound moral and ethical character protest acts of hatred or inequality, there are cries of “the tolerant left” being intolerant of anyone who doesn’t share their views. Whether it be the post-election anti-Trump rallies, the Hamilton-Pence dust-up, or former Red Sox hero (and current embarrassment) Curt Schilling’s firing […]

Wikileaks, Alt-Right’s ‘Spirit Cooking’ attack is bogus, last-ditch Clinton witch hunt

As if this election weren’t already strange enough, Hillary Clinton may be spending the last days before the election refuting claims that she is involved in a satanic cult. On Thursday, Wikileaks highlighted an email to John Podesta from his brother, Tony Podesta, in which John Podesta is asked if he is planning to attend a dinner […]

Fake news sites, deceptive memes, and the rise of post-truth politics

One would think that, during the most internet-fueled election in history, we would be less susceptible to lies, hoaxes, and misinformation. We have thousands of sources at our fingertips at all times. In mere seconds, a cursory Google search can retrieve information on nearly any subject we can imagine. Yet, the Internet has also made it just as […]

The Bizarro World of the 2016 religious conservative

Any fan of Superman (or Sienfeld or Buffy, for that matter) is familiar with Bizarro World — where everything is “weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations.” Although the 2016 presidential election has been the most bizarre election in American history, perhaps even stranger is the way in which we have seen an entire political party (one with […]

Maine’s medical marijuana laws changed my life

Twenty-five years ago, my life was altered by the onset of Fibromyalgia, a mysterious and poorly understood condition characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, unrelenting fatigue, non-restorative sleep, cognitive difficulties, and a host of bizarre neurological complaints. Like many living with chronic pain or illness, I see my life in two sections – life before […]