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When Memes Collide

Nov 03 2014 Published by under media

I can’t wait for this impending three-way collision of memes.

What will it look like when the street harassment video meme collides with the Chelsea Handler nipple controversy, and then ricochets into the hot guy from target meme?

What kind of train wreck would that be?

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Miley Cyrus SEO

Oct 08 2013 Published by under media, Music

This is a shameless attempt to boost traffic to my blog by featuring “Miley Cyrus” as a search term.

This whole Miley vs. Sinead feud has me laughing. Yes, after the fourth open letter to Miley, Sinead is starting look a little kooky, but you must admit she had a point at first. Everything Miley has done since the infamous “twerking” episode at the MTV Video Music Awards has more in common with prostitution than with music.

Considering past VMAs featured classic music moments as Madonna and Britney Spears sucking face, does this surprise anyone? Between the VMAs and those stupid reality shows, the only way women get on MTV is by prostituting themselves and selling their bodies. I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon, but no one is talking about the music on MTV.

Don’t get me wrong, prostitution has its place – in a whorehouse. But as long as MTV reduces its female artists to performing dry-hump strip teases and they willingly oblige, it’s hard to take the women of today’s MTV seriously as musicians. And doesn’t it seem like working for Disney just served to prepare Miley & Britney for a career in selling their bodies? And why would their parents consent to this? Oh, right – money. Enough money to buy your daughter’s integrity.

Real women rockers – Anne Wilson, Pat Benetar, Joan Jett, Sinead, Stevie Nicks, Adele – broke barriers by making great music, and are infinitely more beautiful for not objectifying themselves. They don’t need to.

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August 6

Aug 06 2013 Published by under media

On August 6, 1945, The United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, making the United States the first, and still the only, nation to use a nuclear weapon against another nation.

I live in the United States, and I did not see this acknowledged anywhere in any media at all today. So I thought I would acknowledge it.

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Snoop Dogg Publishes A Smokable Book

Apr 09 2012 Published by under Literature, media

We have now found the one thing you cannot do with an e-book.

Snoop Dogg’s new book is smokable. Each page is a sheet of rolling paper. And there’s a matchbook on the spine. [via Creativity Online]

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New York Times Racist Doublethink

Aug 31 2011 Published by under media

The New York Times lauds a blogger who pokes fun at Mayor Bloomberg speaking Spanish with a pronounced American accent.

I’m sure if my blog ridiculed Hispanics who speak English with a foreign accent, The Times would label me racist. But making fun of white people is ok.

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Can’t Deal With the Blathering: The Secret Service Hates Fox News, Too

May 19 2011 Published by under media, politics, Technology

It looks like the Secret Service hates Fox News just as much as I do. [via Gawker]

The most probable scenario is that someone with Secret Service Twitter access sent this from their device, thinking it was their personal Twitter account. As far as I’m concerned, this is about the evils of multitasking. It doesn’t work. Ever. In any situation.

Then, the Secret Service went into publicity-damage-control mode. They deleted the tweet, though not before many people re-tweeted it, or nabbed some screen shots. I don’t think they should backtrack or apologize on this one. For me, this humanizes the individuals who work for the Secret Service. It made me think it’s possible free-thinking individuals with fully functional brains could be employed by our government somewhere along the line.

I can’t deal with the blathering, either. No, seriously – It is impossible for me to watch Fox News for more than 40 seconds without developing the desire to rip out mine own eyes.

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Royal Pain

May 01 2011 Published by under media, Our World, politics

So, did the United States declare independence from England, or not?

The Prince No-hair and Kate Mini-tits wedding was on every TV channel Friday morning as I tried to get ready for work without spitting up my breakfast. If not for the Weather Channel, I would have gone mad. And these jive-ass Robber barons have been on every corner of the Internet all weekend.

No, seriously – how is it possible in the 21st century there are billions of people who worship monarchs? The media carpet-bombs us with coverage of the ceremony, and for days afterward follows-up with strategic strikes of over-analysis of the ceremony. Still, billions of peasants choose – many of their own free will apparently – to watch. And people don’t just watch, they actually obsess and get caught up in all that nonsense analysis of bullshit minutiae like the dress and decor and makeup.

Contrast the pomp and circumstance of this ceremony against the backdrop of an international economic crisis and global attacks on working people, and it would seem this is just more of the same arrogant, opulent, let-them-eat-cake crap we’ve been getting for centuries.

And I thought the Internet was supposed to democratize the world. Well, thanks go yet again to the capitalist media corporations, for their continued control of information and ongoing effort to keep humanity in the Dark Ages.

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What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas

Mar 27 2011 Published by under media

But if you’re the drug prosecutor, and you get caught buying crack, that could be a bad thing.

Hardly worth mentioning, but newsworthy because as Deputy District Attorney, David Schubert prosecuted drug offenders, including a couple of celebrities – Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars. Also picked up by some of the big city papers, including here and here.

Interesting editorial choices evident in these headlines. A quick Google of “Amy Winehouse crack” or “Whitney Houston crack” yields results showing the word “crack” used liberally in headlines. But when it comes to a district attorney, the headlines only mention “cocaine.” You have to read further into the article to find out that a prosecutor had stooped as low as crack. Given the attention span of the average American these days, I doubt many people do.

Another media cliché at work here – Druggies always get busted by cops doing surveillance, as the AP/Yahoo article says, in “a neighborhood known for narcotics dealing.” If the cops know about it, why don’t they do something about it? The doublespeak implies cops actively fight the war on drugs. In reality, the cops are powerless against and don’t actively resist the cartels that flood the streets with drugs, but instead waste taxpayers’ money locking up junkies and crackheads for using.

Be funny if he ends up doing time with anyone he put away. Or not, depending on your point-of-view.

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Socialism: Utopian and Science Fiction

Mar 23 2011 Published by under media, politics

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says capitalism wiped out the Martians. [Reuters, via Yahoo]

¡Alo, Presidente! If Chavez had said something like, capitalism can destroy a planet that has only finite resources, he might have had me there. But I guess this is what you come up with when you spend so much time chewing Bolivian coca leaves.

Sure, it’s probably just some cokehead’s lame attempt at simile. But predictably, the fright-wing media are all over this, adding their peculiar brand of spin, truthiness, whatever the kids call bullshit these days. Nevermind Glenn Beck is just as bat-shit crazy as Chavez, and Fox News touts him as one of their marquee personalities.

The corporate-controlled mass media devotes less time to discussion of actual issues, in favor of focusing on the most outrageous talking points. Whoever comes up with the most ridiculous quote is rewarded with the most airtime. Whether those points are used pro or con depends on which corporation is reporting, and how they ultimately decide to edit and present it to the mass audience. This is how public opinion is manipulated in America.

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Deadspin Says Rex Ryan’s Wife In Footsie Flick

Dec 23 2010 Published by under media, Sports

I will not talk about Rex and his wife here. This is a comment on Deadspin’s editorial policy. I would hardly call this ‘reporting.’

In case you haven’t seen this, Deadspin surfaced a foot fetish video that they insinuate involves the wife of New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan (and maybe Ryan himself).

Deadspin’s article has zero journalistic value. It is nothing more than holding up a married couple’s personal lifestyle choices for public ridicule. For me, no different than ostracizing two men who choose to share their lives together in a healthy, loving relationship. Oh wait, that already does happen, and it’s actually sanctioned by law. So perhaps here we see where attitudes of sexual bigotry begin.

Why did Deadspin launch such a thorough investigation into the sex life of a married couple? They didn’t just leave it at the video. They actively tracked down profiles from an adult website they link to the Ryans. Sexed-up stories become picked-up stories.

Deadspin also broke this tasty nugget, so it’s not the first time they’ve raised questions about the sexual habits of someone connected to the Jets. But the Brett Favre story has journalistic value – it is a story of Favre’s potential sexual harassment, that involves a forceful act against a non-consenting person that violated the trust of a professional relationship. Some would say that should not only be an on-the-job demerit, but an actual crime.

No children were harmed in the making of this video and no citizens had their rights violated. Anything between consenting adults should be considered socially acceptable. But as long as America remains a nation of prudes, voyeuristic non-journalism such as this will continue to sell.

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