“This year, 81 percent of Internet-using teenagers in America reported that they are active on social-networking sites, more than ever before. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and new dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Blendr have increasingly become key players in social interactions, both online and IRL (in real life). Combined with unprecedented easy access to the unreal world of Internet porn, the result is a situation that has drastically affected gender roles for young people. Speaking to a variety of teenaged boys and girls across the country, Nancy Jo Sales uncovers a world where boys are taught they have the right to expect everything from social submission to outright sex from their female peers. What is this doing to America’s young women?”
I’m not sure if I’m relieved I came of age at the dawn of social media or disappointed I’m not in college right now.
Sure, this has been linked to at quite a few places today, but it’s great fun. The concept is all these people on TV are singing Dylan’s famous song (including Dylan himself on VH1) and you can flip the channel as the song is being played.
Would love to know the back story to how and why this was created.
Speaking of great ads, here’s UK department store John Lewis’s annual heartwarming, break-out-the-tissue box Christmas ad, featuring Lilly Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know.”
It’s too early for Christmas advertisements, regardless of how heartwarming it is. I’m definitely a “no Christmas shit until after Thanksgiving” person.
Bonus: see how the stop-motion and hand-drawn 2D animation came to life with this behind the scenes footage.
Who gives a shit that this is an ad for Volvo Trucks? I’m not going to buy one, but I’m definitely going to post this viral bait. This is how you make an advertisement.
(It’s also a great reminder that ‘JCVD’ is one heck of a movie and a reminder that Van Damme is a really likable screen presence, still, at 53, and out of the limelight for 20 years or so) [via mashable]
Director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan) dropped out of making ‘The Wolverine’ so that he could instead make a biblical epic about Noah’s ark, called, ahem, ‘Noah’. It stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins.
As one commenter put it: “Superman’s father gets advice from Thor’s father in order to do christ’s father will.” EPIC FANTASY. [via AICN]
If you read this article on the business of Phish expecting an examination into the economics of the band and the travelling side economy known as Shakedown Street then you’ll be sorely disappointed. However, as a history of the band that choose to tackle the music business on its own terms — akin to a bootstrapped tech start-up rather than venture funded through record labels — it’s pretty good.
There’s a difference between being a trivia buff — being able to successfully answer game show trivia questions — and being the person responsible for writing those questions.
At “Millionaire,” one of the biggest challenges as a writer was to continually come up with new material. Every person alive has a small cache of compelling facts tucked away in easy-to-access brain cells marked “Hey, Did You Know …” If your job is to actually write the contents of these thoughts down in digestible language for television, you will most likely deplete your trivia supply in about two weeks. Then you will hit a wall. And that wall will hurt. Because you can’t now just dash off questions like “What color is Big Bird?” (That question doesn’t get viewers itching to reveal the answer to co-workers in the break room the next day. Also, let’s face it, that question stinks.) And you can’t write something that has already been written previously for a show that’s been on the air for years, which frustratingly eliminates a lot.
What are, then, the secrets of a successful game show writer?
Portland’s Typhoon stopped by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert to play a few cuts off it’s new album (best of the year?) White Lighter. They were definitely the best concert I’ve caught this year. They absolutely killed it on their Boston tour stop.
Previously: We’re All Dying, But We’re All Dying Together
Back in late September, Jason Kottke wrote about two video games that broke play down to its essentials, or, what he ultimately called “Meta Games“.
perform an action to get points, use points to power up, repeat. They’re games that show you how games work.
Further, Jason was so right when he said these games were very satisfying to play despite the main objective being simply to amass wealth and power.
Now, we can add one more game to that classification: Clicking Bad is — you guessed it! — a meta game based off of ‘Breaking Bad’ where the only objective is to cook batches of meth, sell meth, and buy stuff with that money. Rinse, repeat to ultimately amass wealth and power.
Sorry, but there goes the rest of your afternoon. It might just be the ultimate version of the meta game category.
FAA’s decision on use of personal electronics during flights:
Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.
I guess it’s better than nothing. The “eventually” part has me concerned, though.