Lee referenced a popular example often given as evidence of the Russian mentality surpassing social issues, a late Russian Korean punk artist named Viktor Tsoi.
Tsoi, who was well known for abandoning his Korean roots, is sometimes argued to have done so due to threats of Korean deportation in Russia and anti-Korean sentiments.
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Prefacing the talk, Lee expressed he does not believe the Russian interference via social media alone had any particular bias toward either presidential candidate.
“What’s most important here isn’t taking sides, but trying to understand how both sides had been manipulated by an outside party,” Lee said.
It always plays out the same: I download the app, put up the same profile pic (because I look he loves Nas. If you’re looking for a Harvard man or an Amherst girl, go for Highly Selective. App addicts may cringe about this but I personally liked the idea of reading through each profile versus mindlessly swiping. Well-Traveled: Nearly every guy I saw had travel as an interest in his profile, especially international travel.
I’m making matches but the guys aren’t saying anything. I’m messaging and it’s not leading to an actual date. I end up deleting the app and happily use the extra space for more Spotify playlists. Tinder has 50 million users but let’s be honest, how many are guys you’d actually want to share a martini with…and possibly more? I joined the waitlist in last place at #113,364—which is more people than the town I grew up in—but was rushed to the head of the line because, you know, I know people.
Drawing upon history, Lee referenced several cases dating back to the early 1900s and beyond of similar Russian interference.