Month: October 2015

Geor­gia Ran­ney, via Insta­gram

We're Not Groupies, We're Band-Aids

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How the Fans Loved and Destroyed One Direction

Even in 2013 Har­ry Styles talks about weigh­ing the pros and cons of the whole thing; Liam Payne talks about his wor­ry that he’ll nev­er find any­one that loves him for who he is; Louis Tomlinson’s moth­er buys a card­board cutout out of him to replace her son in her home. Even in 2013, a sleepy Zayn Malik is pulled from a tour bus bunk to record a verse at 3am. He’s a child! He’s a sleep­ing child who’s being asked to get up and work at three o’clock in the morning.

On the Political Dimensions of Solarpunk

via Medium

wtf is solarpunk

I hes­i­tate to define it, and there­fore lim­it it, for the thou­sands now explor­ing its pos­si­bil­i­ties. Let’s ten­ta­tive­ly call it a spec­u­la­tive move­ment: a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort to imag­ine and design a world of pros­per­i­ty, peace, sus­tain­abil­i­ty and beau­ty, achiev­able with what we have from where we are. Only in the twen­ty-teens could a series of social media sketch­es spark such an ambi­tious activist agen­da — not to men­tion a lit­er­ary genre that has rabid fans but has yet to pro­duce any literature.

Dan Rhati­gan, via Insta­gram

Vuitton’s Mythic 94.3%

W. David Marx

on echo-cham­ber mar­ket­ing nonsense

If you col­lect­ed 100 girls in their 20s at ran­dom from all across Japan — from the frozen back­wa­ters of Hokkai­do to the beach huts of Oki­nawa — and put them in the same room, only six of them could claim to pos­sess zero Louis Vuit­ton items. To be per­fect­ly fair to all the experts who keeps repeat­ing this sta­tis­tic as unas­sail­able fact, 94.3% is total­ly and utter­ly impossible.

Princess Chee­to, via Insta­gram

A conservative Republican—someone who not long ago was quoted saying it was "child abuse" to put a film about gay parents on public television—had apparently come to believe that to call him a gay-basher was so damaging to his reputation that he must fight the argument at virtually any cost. mother Jones

how to sur­vive a defama­tion law­suit in the media

Through­out this law­suit, Van­der­Sloot appeared to be engaged in rewrit­ing his own his­to­ry of oppos­ing the expan­sion of civ­il rights to LGBT peo­ple. His com­plaint focused on two things: He assert­ed that we defamed him by “false­ly stat­ing that Mr. Van­der­Sloot ‘bashed’ and ‘pub­licly out[ed] a reporter.’” He also claimed that Monika’s tweet about the arti­cle defamed him by refer­ring to “gay-bash­ing.”

Ter­mi­nal Avenue, via Insta­gram

So a TV series identified by its influences is not just okay, it’s natural. In other words, Mr. Robot’s pastiche quality may be its defining trait, but that doesn’t mean it’s negatively defined by indebtedness. Just because a work owes something to another work doesn’t mean that it’s plagiarism or hackery. L.A. review of Books

Mr. Robot, Sea­son 1

That Mr. Robot and Elliot are the same per­son ought to ring some alarm bells, and it ini­tial­ly filled me with wor­ry. A show can’t set up a twist that’s some­body else’s twist! Would this reveal ruin every­thing that had come before? Is this show stu­pid?! This isn’t just influ­ence, this is high­way rob­bery. Who is Mr. Robot, asks the ad cam­paign? The answer is Tyler Dur­den. But, where this could be a huge, dev­as­tat­ing prob­lem, I think there’s a way to imag­ine that this par­tic­u­lar debt and Esmail’s man­age­ment of it are what make Mr. Robot gen­uine­ly great. There’s no anx­i­ety to this influ­ence; just preter­nat­ur­al chill. Thrill, even. The show lux­u­ri­ates in its stolen goods, pays for hot dogs with marked bills, leaves a trail of cryp­tic clues for the rook­ie detec­tive. Like the best ser­i­al killers, Mr. Robot wants to get caught.

Charles Wilkin, via Insta­gram

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