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smug thinkpiece writer: “the internet is about the sound bite, the tweet, tiny fragments of information that only take two or three seconds to consume”

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:43:08 -0700

smug thinkpiece writer: “the internet is about the sound bite, the tweet, tiny fragments of information that only take two or three seconds to consume”
me, thinking back to the 5000-word tumblr post i scrolled past yesterday where two classicists, three high schoolers, and a witch all got in a very pointless argument about hades and persephone or shakespeare or something: uh,

Spreading the news to South America about how nobody agrees on a...

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:24:41 -0700


Spreading the news to South America about how nobody agrees on a definition for transmedia (at Bogotá, Colombia)

From the top of Monserrate in Bogota (at Monserrate bogota)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:20:32 -0700


From the top of Monserrate in Bogota (at Monserrate bogota)

I know you're a Gilmore Girls person. Something I think about: the entire show is built around the idea that Lorelai's running away from her parents and raising Rory without their help was justified, but the older I get, the less sense that makes, as my heart has hardened against the moral rectitude of teenage rebellion for any reason other than abuse. Is the entire premise of GG a gigantic house of cards that collapses under scrutiny, explaining why I no longer can enjoy it?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:42:04 -0700

In less than 100 words, you articulated not only the weaknesses of Gilmore Girls that I’m happy to attack, but you took no prisoners and ripped me out of a comfortable coccoon where I justify consuming potentially amoral/immoral art simply because I like/romanticize/excuse parts of it. 

The lack of enjoyment is, I think, a sad but actually pleasant surprise for me. The widespread dissatisfaction and even anger that I saw with the Gilmore Girls revival was telling. Viewers were not preached at; they simply saw the boring, empty, selfish lives that some of the characters lead. I think the show inadvertently showed the natural conclusion of the original series’ moral framework. 

So, absolutely yes, also thank you, and how dare you.

tzikeh: bylillian: dbundles42: !!!! That’s my buddy...

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:59:10 -0700






That’s my buddy Mike. 

For those who need context, that’s Mike Godwin, who coined the first widespread “law” of the Internet (appropriately named Godwin’s Law). The law states, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” It was meant to point out how poorly discussions on Usenet threads tended to fare after they’d been going for a while because eventually someone invoked Hitler or the Nazis. The discussions could be about any topic: computer code, or types of cheese, or a television show–it didn’t matter; eventually, someone would say that the people on the other side of the discussion, or the subject of the discussion, was “just like Hitler.” At that point, thanks to The burgeoning fame of Mike’s new law, people could point out how ridiculous the argument had become (e.g. no, George Lucas was not a Nazi just because he didn’t want people to write Star Wars slash fiction), and once that happened, the argument was over, and the party or parties who had brought up Hitler lost by default.

Godwin’s Law has been the definitive “last word” on Internet discussions since it was coined in 1990. But here is Mike Godwin himself, pointing out that we now live in a world where contemporary global sociopolitical discussion is exempt from his law.

I wish I could laugh.

A Memory

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:44:21 -0700


In the mid-90s, I went to film school in Greensboro, North Carolina. Greensboro and me were not a good fit. Part of it was that I was young, too young for graduate school probably. Part of it was mental health - I was severely depressed for the majority of the time I was there. Part of it was culture clash – a loudmouth New Yorker in the South. I may be ethnically Jewish, but it’s never been a huge part of my identity. But in Greensboro, I was most definitely seen as “a Jew.” One girl I knew genuinely wept for me, because I was going to Hell.

One summer, I had shaved off all my hair to cope with the swampy heat. And I went into this tattoo shop; I wasn’t really thinking about getting more ink at that time, but was really just looking around. I wandered through the shop, seeing the standard things you’d expect - books of designs, photos of happy people showing off their new tattoos. 

I wandered into the back, where the artist did his work. Next to his chair, there was a shelf with a bunch of items on it – cleaning supplies, some coins, bric-a-brac.

Taped to the shelf was a photo of Adolf Hitler.

It was like an out-of-body experience. You see video of neo-Nazis on the news, or hear stories about them, but this was an actual person, and actual Adolf-motherfucking-Hitler-worshipping person. I was standing in his shop. In his place of business, where he plied his trade, next to a photo of his idol.

I turned to leave as quickly as I could.

As I got towards the door, the shop owner emerged from behind a counter and moved towards me. I tensed.

He pointed at my head and asked, “Are you a skin? Or is that for comfort?”

It took me a second to parse that he was asking me if I was a skinhead. I muttered “comfort,” and left the shop. I climbed in my car and drove straight home. On the way, I passed two billboards that said “Jesus Christ, Savior Of The World. Ask Him To Be Yours Today.”

They’re here. They’ve always been here. Now they’re coming out of the woodwork, emboldened. And they will not be persuaded, convinced, or reasoned with. 

Seems like an appropriate day to repost this one.

fansplaining:Episode 54: Is This The Real Life? Is This Just...

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:55:35 -0700

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Episode 54: Is This The Real Life? Is This Just ARG? Elizabeth and Flourish interview Sean Stewart, ARG (alternate reality game) writer, Star Wars tie-in novelist, and Sherlock Holmes narrative video game creator. Topics covered include definitions of a variety of gaming terms, the collective intelligence of fans, and fannish conspiracy theories and their messy intersections with conspiracy theories around real-world events. (A note to listeners: we discuss several of these, including 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, and Sandy Hook.) (show notes coming soon | transcript coming soon)

spytap: funniest-stuff: Great lesson in empathy, you never know...

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:59:50 -0700







Great lesson in empathy, you never know what someone is going through.

1) You never know what someone’s going through.

2) Celebrities aren’t public property. They’re still people.

3) Your willingness to treat a celebrity’s very personal ups and downs like a public performance actually says more about you than it does about them.

4) Some people don’t need an excuse to be assholes. If you relate to those people, start asking yourself what that says about you.

5) I’ve never met or spoken with him, but I know a dozen or so people who have worked with or for Wentworth Miller, and by all reports he’s a very nice person. It sucks that this happened to him, but I’m glad he was able to make the best of a shitty situation.

"Near Dark, which turns 30 this fall, was Bigelow’s second feature film, following 1981’s The..."

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:54:42 -0700

“Near Dark, which turns 30 this fall, was Bigelow’s second feature film, following 1981’s The Loveless. It is both her ultimate genre film and a genre film unlike any other. It is a vampire movie without capes or crosses, a Western without cowboy justice, a road movie without a destination, and most unsettling of all, a film noir with an ending a little too close to happy.”


How ‘Near Dark’ Explains Kathryn Bigelow’s Politics

Best. Vampire. Movie. Ever.

Film Crit Hulk SMASH: On Criticism In The Intersectional Age

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:24:13 -0700

Film Crit Hulk SMASH: On Criticism In The Intersectional Age:

very long, very good read with lots to chew on

Revisiting ‘Strange Days,’ Kathryn Bigelow’s Misunderstood, Prescient Film

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:48:25 -0700

Revisiting ‘Strange Days,’ Kathryn Bigelow’s Misunderstood, Prescient Film:

It’s got major flaws – including a second-act head fake that is potentially much more interesting than where the third act ultimately goes – but I’ve always had a major soft spot for Strange Days. 

And whenever I’m driving on La Cienaga, I try and look out for the Retinal Fetish Club.

Vulture: Are you ever concerned that the hunt for clues overshadows the music?

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 22:43:28 -0700

Vulture: Are you ever concerned that the hunt for clues overshadows the music?
Trent Reznor: Certainly with Year Zero it did. We went crazy with that album, building a world and telling a story that was mainly meant to provide context for the music. And what happened was that far more attention was paid to what the world was and how that got revealed than was paid to the music. If anyone actually bothered to fucking listen, Year Zero was a good fucking album. I’m not saying every album should be something that invites people down a rabbit hole. I’m just saying I care about context.


Sun, 30 Jul 2017 14:44:39 -0700


"VR/AR is ad-tech. Everything built in studios (except for experimental projects from independent..."

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:06:35 -0700

VR/AR is ad-tech. Everything built in studios (except for experimental projects from independent artists) is advertising something. That empathy stuff? That’s advertising for nonprofits. But mostly VR is advertising itself. While MTV was advertising musicians, the scale and creative freedom meant that it launched careers for people like Michel Gondry, Antoine Fuqua, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, etc. A band from a town like Louisville or Tampa could get in touch with a local filmmaker and collaborate on a project and hope that 120 Minutes picks it up. There were entry points like that. And the audience was eager to see something experimental. But a VR audience is primed to have something like a rollercoaster experience, rather than an encounter with the unexpected. The same slimy shapeshifter entrepreneurs that could just as well build martech or chatbots went and colonized the VR space because they have a built in excuse that it took film “fifty years before Orson Wells.” Imagine that. A blank check and a deadline in fifty years.

No one wants to get inside some sweaty uncomfortable headset unless they are going to be rewarded with something at least as good as music videos were in 1984. But who is ushering in talent rather than hype? VR is starting as an institutional and commercial monster rather than scaling into institutional power. It’s like if the art market came before art.


things weren’t better then, they just spent less time nostalgic for the past


Not Without My Flores

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:58:23 -0700

Not Without My Flores:

FTA #10

have they started printing t-shirts that say “get me a Kombucha and an Ativan” yet? @TheBoldTypeTV—...

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:16:42 -0700


Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:44:34 -0700





sparklyninjabot: OK, I have to reblog this again because it...

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 17:02:05 -0700



OK, I have to reblog this again because it popped into my head that the reason I love this so much is that Cleavon Little had no idea this line was coming. 

And that should be enough on its own, that his reaction is totally genuine.

But I also love how Gene Wilder is watching him. Like, he’s so excited to see how Little will react. And when Little laughs, it feeds his fucking soul. You can see it in his eyes. 

I love this scene.