Drone Fallacy: A Brief History and A Bittersweet Farewell

Readers may be wondering what has been happening with this blog over the past couple of months, so below is a brief update as to this blog’s current status and its future.

The Drone Fallacy started out as an independent study project planned in my junior college year to assess US drone strike policy and frame it in the larger context of overreaching and unwarranted state power. The core idea here is that drone strikes represent merely one example of state abuses in the course of a very long and checkered history. This history exists as a result of systemic problems endemic to the US  social, economic, and political structure.

A concomitant thread of evaluation that I incorporated into this blog is that of mainstream media coverage of such abuses. Sometimes, it is lacking and by necessity misleading. Other times, coverage of important issues is entirely omitted from the news (I guess it just wasn’t “fit to print”).  Again, this is reflective of the way US society is structured on a whole, and is a topic that has been explored in greater detail by other scholars and commentators.

There are other themes that I have tried to expound that will be familiar to regular readers of this blog: race, political ideologies, state surveillance, and the domestic/foreign binary are a few that immediately spring to mind. However, the central theme of this blog being drones severely restricted my freedom to explore these topics in other, perhaps more illuminating contexts. The Snowden NSA-leaks are a clear example of all the things I wish to discuss as a political commentator but the lack of any real relevance to drones (with the exception of some nebulous parallels regarding surveillance) made my few posts about it an almost uncomfortable fit for the Drone Fallacy.

The end of the school year in which I embarked on this quest marked a convenient time for me to take a break from writing here and take stock of the experience thus far. I also happened to be doing a lot of other things over the summer period completely unrelated to drones, leaving me little time to write about this topic. I continue to follow news and developments about drones, and the direction of the mainstream discourse on it. Blogging was no longer a top priority however, save for the few scattered posts one will find on the front page.

This upcoming school year will be a marked change in the range of academic discourses i will have my fingers in. Political developments will continue to be a cornerstone of my intellectual curiosity, but I am branching out and exploring other topics that have always been interests of mine – however peripheral. I am not becoming less politically involved so much as more academically engaged, albeit in disparate fields. As a result, as of writing I no longer plan to update the Drone Fallacy. I am considering merging this blog with a new blog that will incorporate everything I have studied and learned here whilst giving me the freedom to explore other political topics of interest. In short, I am broadening the specialization of my publicly-available work from drones to general political commentary.

When that time comes, readers who find there way here will be automatically redirected to the new site. Consider it the next incarnation of one curious political agent’s research and writing. In the meantime, I highly encourage interested readers to continue following this particular topic. My Links posts provide some insight on the sources I use to inform myself – hopefully they may be of some assistance to others.

Finally, I will be adding a contact form both as a page and within this post as well, for those of you who are interested in reaching out to me. I am typically quite good about responding to emails so please do not hesitate to write me.

It has been a thrilling ride. Until next time.

-ramesses