“Mason Scott” is originally from the Boston area, and has lived in New York City since 2000. He has spent time in Canada, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey, India, Burma, Thailand, Lao, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Central America, and Brasil. An avid traveler, he loves to explore the world and learn about other cultures. A ravenous bookworm, he spends most of his spare time reading.
Mason’s influences / inspirations include Immanuel Kant, Thomas Paine, Arthur Schopenhauer, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, Noam Chomsky, and his mother. His peccadillos are narcissism, car alarms, and inauthenticity. He likes chocolate milk, cheesy romantic comedies, Chopin’s Nocturnes, and cats.
MasonScott.org is a growing collection of essays that have been written between 2009 and 2012 in its first phase; then its newest phase (starting with “The Progressive Case For Cultural Appropriation”) since August of 2019. The site is for people who love to read.
Each month, two new essays are added, while existing ones are edited as needed. The website, like its author, is an on-going work in progress.
By posting these essays, Mason Scott aims to open up lines of enquiry and debate that are found nowhere else. Each essay offers new ideas on important matters. The mission is to provide novel perspectives on the biggest issues of our time. (There is no point in repeating what has already been said.) The aim is to say something that has never been said before; and do so as thoroughly and candidly as possible.
By making his writing available to a wide audience, Mason Scott hopes to make a positive impact on the thinking and actions of as many people as possible. The goal, then, is to do four things:
- Generate awareness
- Catalyze paradigm-shifts
- Dispel dogmas (debunk myths) that are deleterious to the common good
- Diagnose problems and propose solutions that haven’t yet been offered
This site is not in the business of reporting “the news”. One would not use this site to get “the latest scoop” on current events. (There are already plenty of news sites on the web for that purpose.) Mason is an essayist, not a journalist. Each piece addresses matters that will be as relevant a generation from now as they are today.
If one is looking for updates on today’s juiciest stories, other venues may be more useful. On news sites, one can stay abreast of the latest developments, but each article becomes dated within the week. The purpose of Mason Scott is to offer disquisition on current affairs, not “breaking news”. The material is intended to be more timeless than timely; which is why none of the essays become dated over time.
Mason Scott is a scholar, not a pundit. If one wants immediate reactions to the events du jour, one is better off going to a favorite blog, Twitter account, or Facebook posting. With those outlets, one can stay abreast of commentary on each “hot story”.
This site is 100% independent, as it is not beholden to any special interests. The writing doesn’t aim to please a designated target audience. These pieces are seen primarily as a public service; not as a business venture. Therefore, the site is dedicated to keeping itself quarantined—as best as it can—from conflicts of interest.
Mason also loves to teach; and does consultation for advanced expository writing and speaking skills.
If you believe in Mason Scott’s mission, contributions are greatly appreciated, and sponsorships are crucial. Feedback is, of course, always welcome.
This is a site for those seeking to be edified, not appeased. Its guiding principles are quite simple: cosmopolitanism, secularism, and humanism. The sine qua non is free inquiry and frank critical analysis.
Thank you for reading, and god bless.