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Jersey Shore: Best Show Ever?
12.11.2009
09:38 pm
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While not a general fan of the reality TV genre, I did catch the first episode of MTV’s new “Jersey Shore” show online recently and have to say it’s some of the best TV ever. Largely because there’s nothing funnier than NJ Guidos. Especially the prime specimens MTV has picked to star in the show: utterly self-obsessed, plastic freaks with names like “The Situation” (in honor of his abs) and “J-WOWW.” Apparently the MTV offices are getting regular death threats from real guidos incensed at the portrayal of their ilk. Amazing. Cracked did a rundown of the show so far here:

MTV?

Posted by Jason Louv
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12.11.2009
09:38 pm
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4chan: Lost in the Filth Simulacrum
12.09.2009
04:30 pm
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A long article I just wrote about the bizarre, hallucinatory, sickening, purgatory, Bardo-like experience of browsing 4chan has just been published on R. U. Sirius’s h+ Magazine blog. Check it out!

In the last decade, we’ve seen the increasing acceleration of information (a la Terence McKenna and Moore’s law) heralded as the key to new business development, though it has, in fact, so ruined our attention spans that it is almost impossible for modern man to get any kind of productive work done. We’re too lost in the datastream, too focused on taking in new information to complete a task that takes more than a few minutes, at best. I think a direct correlation can be made, for instance, between the rise of social media and the fall of the economy. The kaleidoscope of the Internet is more endless, more distracting and more mutating than even the most potent psychedelic drugs could have ever prepared us for. And 4chan is the ultimate, final trip.

If the mainstream Internet-using world has driven itself to distraction and insanity with social networking, the denizens of the Chans have upped the ante past all conceivable boundaries, like switching from a light alcohol problem to crushing and injecting Oxycontin. This is the place where all senses are deadened, where the mind cannot function because it is trapped in its own overstimulation. This, I am sure, is where media theorists from Marshall McLuhan to Neil Postman to Douglas Rushkoff assured us that the inherently liberating force of information technology was leading us. And though I am sure they knew that the filth and fury would follow, I’m not sure they ever expected it to look quite like… this.

My own 4chan addiction crept up slowly. Once a casual user of gateway drugs like icanhascheezburger.com, ytmnd.com and Encyclopedia Dramatica, I followed a link to the black hole itself one day and—sucked past its event horizon—have since been unable to escape. Stuck there now, I am clicking back and forth from this article to peruse the halls of 4chan’s /x/ forum, afraid that I might have missed the latest spew from the Internet’s collective maw. It is the car crash that cannot be looked away from. Ever.

(h+: Lost in the Filth Simulacrum)

Posted by Jason Louv
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12.09.2009
04:30 pm
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“Hit The Bitch,” The Danish Domestic Volence Awareness Campaign
11.17.2009
03:44 pm
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From the annals of good ideas gone horribly, horribly, wrong, comes this seriously misguided attempt at a domestic violence awareness campaign.  As hatched by a Danish advocacy group, the “Hit The Bitch” website allows you (or someone like you), in the guise a meaty male hand, to beat the crap out of a woman.  And, for the sake of convenience, to simulate the beating, you can use either your mouse or your webcam.  Here’s what Gwen Sharp at Sociological Images has to say about it:

The woman gets increasingly bruised and bloodied as you hit her.  I forced myself to try the site and hit her twice, and it was honestly sickening to watch her head jerk backward or to the side and hear the sound of the slap and her reacting.  At the top, a counter keeps track; you start out as 100% Pussy, 0% Gangsta, but your Gangsta rating goes up every time you hit her (below).

Apparently, though, when you get up to where you?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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11.17.2009
03:44 pm
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Everything is Terrible: Colby the Christian Robot
11.17.2009
03:39 pm
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Everything is Terrible is a stoner video art collective from Planet Nibiru or some such shit. They are, in my opinion, the funniest and most creative video producers on the Internet (yes, even more than Jandrewedits). Maybe it’s because I was a kid in the 80s and 90s and all the crap they sample is hardwired into my soul: after-school specials, weird toy commercials, Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, Xuxa, Barney, etc. etc. Enjoy the video. It peaks at 4:20 when the Christian youth do the Quan Yin.

Posted by Jason Louv
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11.17.2009
03:39 pm
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Discovery Channel: New “I Love the World” Ad
11.11.2009
04:27 pm
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As the editor for the site After These Messages from 2007-08, I waded through and curated the world’s advertising looking for the best, most creative, most socially responsible ad campaigns to hit the mediawebs every day. Out of those two years, the absolute best commercial I saw was the Discovery Channel’s I Love the Whole World spot. It’s one of those rare instances that you can say that advertising has actually raised itself above the morass of lies and hucksterism to become something like actual, uh, corporate folk art. And, lo and behold, the Discovery Channel and agency 72andSunny just released the followup.

AdFreak reports:

Eighteen months ago, the Discovery Channel made people very happy with its “I Love the World” commercial, in which the network’s talent sang about their passion for life, the universe and everything. The promo did so well (4.5 million views on this YouTube version alone) that they’ve gotten the agency, 72andSunny, to do a sequel. Same song, different visuals. Still catchy. The tagline remains, “The world is just awesome.”

Check out the new spot below.

Posted by Jason Louv
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11.11.2009
04:27 pm
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The Hapa Sushi-Medical Marijuana Marketing Blitz
11.05.2009
04:49 pm
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Today’s NYT shines some light on a new print campaign created for the Boulder-based Hapa Sushi chain.  Hoping to lure customers to Hapa, a map was created which shows the area’s 59 medical marijuana dispensaries (blue dots) and their close proximity to the 4 Hapa outlets (red dots).

As Hapa owner Mark Van Grack told the Times, ?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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11.05.2009
04:49 pm
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The Huffington Post’s Playboy Omission
11.03.2009
02:32 pm
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As everyone probably knows by now, Marge Simpson appears on the current cover of Playboy.  In order to capitalize, I suppose, on this pop-cultural moment, The Huffington Post launched a “Who’s Hotter?” slide show contest whereby its readers could rank their favorite, “celebrity models—from actresses to TV personalities to still-hot supermodels-turned moms.”

Well, as the eagle-eyed folk at Sociological Images note: “Ironically, the slide show did not contain the Playboy cover that inspired the Simpson drawing.  Behold Darine Stern (above), the first black woman on the cover of Playboy (1971). “

And, for those of you keeping score, other than Marge’s “yellow,” the HuffPo’s slide show was composed exclusively of white women.

 

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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11.03.2009
02:32 pm
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GOOD: The Language of 30 Rock
10.25.2009
05:53 pm
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Excellent GOOD Magazine essay on how 30 Rock has enriched our cultural lexicon.

Since it?

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.25.2009
05:53 pm
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Drop Dobbs
09.29.2009
01:21 pm
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Racist, xenophobic, conspiracy theory-spouting shit-stain on the reputation of CNN. Lou Dobbs has got to go. I used to like Lou Dobbs, but the sight of him today makes my stomach turn. If, like me, you feel like Dobbs “message” is bad for the country, there is a petition to DROP DOBBS that will go straight to his corporate masters, i.e. companies who advertise on his program. Put the pressure on them to Drop Dobbs!

 

DROP DOBBS!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.29.2009
01:21 pm
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Glenn Beck Ridiculed a Woman Who Had a Miscarriage Live on His Radio Show
09.26.2009
01:23 pm
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The most recent Media Matters newsletter (9-26-2009) discusses how Glenn Beck has commandeered the position—formerly held by Matt Drudge—of setting the newsroom agendas for the mainstream media.

Well, maybe they should pick up on this story—by Salon’s Alexander Zaitchik—and make a big deal of it for a few days. I don’t think Glenn Beck would like that.

Not exactly buried in the article, but far down enough that Internet-reading “skimmers’ might have missed it, is this astonishing anecdote:

The animosity between Beck and Kelly continued to deepen. When Beck and Hattrick produced a local version of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” for Halloween—a recurring motif in Beck’s life and career—Kelly told a local reporter that the bit was a stupid rip-off of a syndicated gag. The slight outraged Beck, who got his revenge with what may rank as one of the cruelest bits in the history of morning radio. “A couple days after Kelly’s wife, Terry, had a miscarriage, Beck called her live on the air and says, ‘We hear you had a miscarriage,’ ” remembers Brad Miller, a former Y95 DJ and Clear Channel programmer. “When Terry said, ‘Yes,’ Beck proceeded to joke about how Bruce [Kelly] apparently can’t do anything right—about he can’t even have a baby.”

“It was low class,” says Miller, now president of Open Stream Broadcasting. “There are certain places you just don’t go.”

I really hope this vile story gets tweeted, Facebooked, digg’d, reddited, rises to the top of the meme pile and just gets plain talked about. How will Glenn Beck’s Christian “followers” react to hearing this story? It’s so UNfunny, so UNcalled for and just… idiotic and maliciously CRUEL! What a psychotic slimeball Glenn Beck is.

WHO says things like this to someones face, let alone ON THE RADIO?? The apparent answer—and there are quite a few witnesses to this doozy—is Mr. Glenn Beck.

I can’t wait to see Beck try to explain this one away and I really hope Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Huffington Post and other progressive media outlets run with this one and decide to call him out on it. Talk to Terry Kelly. Get her on the air and ask her what it felt like to have Glenn Beck ridicule her and her husband on the radio after she’d had a miscarriage. Ask Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin what they think of this story!

I’ll bet it would make RIVETING television! Slow news day this weekend? Here’s one right over the plate for ya!

Beck will no doubt pull out his by now threadbare excuse that he was an alcoholic with a death wish back then, but did this leopard really change his spots? Really?

And the evidence would be… what?

As one Internet wag commented, “How batshit crazy do you have to be to make Bill O’Reilly seem well-adjusted?” Glenn Beck, you put shit into the world to enrich yourself, riling up low IQ people with lies that you don?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.26.2009
01:23 pm
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