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Postby mascotte » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:47 pm

what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring.

To begin: Kid’s YouTube is definitely and markedly weird. I’ve been aware of its weirdness for some time. Last year, there were a number of articles posted about the Surprise Egg craze. Surprise Eggs videos depict, often at excruciating length, the process of unwrapping Kinder and other egg toys. That’s it, but kids are captivated by them. There are thousands and thousands of these videos and thousands and thousands, if not millions, of children watching them.

The maker of my particular favorite videos is “Blu Toys Surprise Brinquedos & Juegos,” and since 2010 he seems to have accrued 3.7 million subscribers and just under 6 billion views for a kid-friendly channel entirely devoted to opening surprise eggs and unboxing toys. The video titles are a continuous pattern of obscure branded lines and tie-ins: “Surprise Play Doh Eggs Peppa Pig Stamper Cars Pocoyo Minecraft Smurfs Kinder Play Doh Sparkle Brilho,” “Cars Screamin’ Banshee Eats Lightning McQueen Disney Pixar,” “Disney Baby Pop Up Pals Easter Eggs SURPRISE.”
As I write this he has done a total of 4,426 videos and counting. With so many views — for comparison, Justin Bieber’s official channel has more than 10 billion views, while full-time YouTube celebrity PewDiePie has nearly 12 billion — it’s likely this man makes a living as a pair of gently murmuring hands that unwrap Kinder eggs. (Surprise-egg videos are all accompanied by pre-roll, and sometimes mid-video and ads.)



https://medium.com/@jamesbridle/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-c39c471271d2
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Postby Catullus » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:48 pm

trope wrote:https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/11/paying-for-fake-friends-and-family/545060/
In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.

This starts out all like lol Japan, of course you can pay for someone to pretend to be your kid's dad for parent-teacher day. But:

Morin: And this is ongoing?

Yuichi: Yes, I’ve been seeing her for eight years. She just graduated high school.

Morin: Does she understand that you’re not her real father?

Yuichi: No, the mother hasn’t told her.

Morin: How do you think she would feel if she discovered the truth?

Yuichi: I think she would be shocked. If the client never reveals the truth, I must continue the role indefinitely. If the daughter gets married, I have to act as a father in that wedding, and then I have to be the grandfather. So, I always ask every client, “Are you prepared to sustain this lie?” It’s the most significant problem our company has.


fuuuuuuuck


Hole-ee-shiiiiiit

This entire thing is fucking blowing my mind
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Postby speakers » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:57 pm

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Holy cow


everyone should read this.


yeah this was heartbreaking in a really weird way
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Postby mascotte » Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:32 pm

Oh, I see that the Medium article got its own thread :)
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Postby Mr Spaceship » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:35 pm

goldsoundz wrote:really liked this

https://magazine.atavist.com/promethea- ... us-montana


incredible story
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Postby mascotte » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:14 am

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/11/20/art-monstrous-men/

Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we start listing athletes we’ll never stop. And what about the women? The list immediately becomes much more difficult and tentative: Anne Sexton? Joan Crawford? Sylvia Plath? Does self-harm count? Okay, well, it’s back to the men I guess: Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Lead Belly, Miles Davis, Phil Spector.

They did or said something awful, and made something great. The awful thing disrupts the great work; we can’t watch or listen to or read the great work without remembering the awful thing. Flooded with knowledge of the maker’s monstrousness, we turn away, overcome by disgust. Or … we don’t. We continue watching, separating or trying to separate the artist from the art. Either way: disruption. They are monster geniuses, and I don’t know what to do about them.
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Postby mascotte » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:39 pm

A cent episode of the dystopian television series “Black Mirror” begins with a soldier hunting down and killing hideous humanoids called roaches. It’s a standard science-fiction scenario, man against monster, but there’s a twist: it turns out that the soldier and his cohort have brain implants that make them see the faces and bodies of their targets as monstrous, to hear their pleas for mercy as noxious squeaks. When our hero’s implant fails, he discovers that he isn’t a brave defender of the human race—he’s a murderer of innocent people, part of a campaign to exterminate members of a despised group akin to the Jews of Europe in the nineteen-forties.
The philosopher David Livingstone Smith, commenting on this episode on social media, wondered whether its writer had read his book “Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others” (St. Martin’s). It’s a thoughtful and exhaustive exploration of human cruelty, and the episode perfectly captures its core idea: that acts such as genocide happen when one fails to appreciate the humanity of others.


https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/27/the-root-of-all-cruelty
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Postby lockheed's old roommate » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:55 am

great article about neglected deaths and the huge aging populatio in japan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/world/asia/japan-lonely-deaths-the-end.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur
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Postby Gooey Bechamel » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:20 am

https://magazine.atavist.com/obsidian-serpent-homeless-murders-california

Haven't finished this yet, but I can't recommend subscribing to the atavist e-mail list enough. Every article is riveting.
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Postby mascotte » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:14 pm

Gooey Bechamel wrote:https://magazine.atavist.com/obsidian-serpent-homeless-murders-california

Haven't finished this yet, but I can't recommend subscribing to the atavist e-mail list enough. Every article is riveting.



Thanks man
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Postby Fullscreen » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:32 pm

some real uplifting stuff on this page.
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Postby lockheed's old roommate » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:03 am

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Postby fakename » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:38 pm

on debt collection
In method, Therrien was like a prosecutor flipping gangster underlings to get to lieutenants and then the boss. In spirit, he was a bit like Liam Neeson’s vigilante character in the movie Taken—using unflagging aggression to obtain scraps of information and reverse-engineer a criminal syndicate.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-12-06/millions-are-hounded-for-debt-they-don-t-owe-one-victim-fought-back-with-a-vengeance

meagan day also did a related piece on the history of predatory loans:
https://thebaffler.com/salvos/the-shark-and-the-hound-day
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Postby blurst of times » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:04 pm

speaking of wired, this article about algorithmically created sci-fi was pretty fun: https://www.wired.com/2017/12/when-an-algorithm-helps-write-science-fiction/
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Postby blurst of times » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:41 pm

hot new david grann(!) piece about an antarctic explorer: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/the-white-darkness

haven't read it yet but am psyched 4 this
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Postby ratbags » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:03 pm

it rules
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Postby ripersnifle » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:54 pm

steakspoon wrote:sorry if sounds corny fellas but i'll always remember where i was when i heard my first big star song..the internet.
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Postby ripersnifle » Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:57 pm

steakspoon wrote:sorry if sounds corny fellas but i'll always remember where i was when i heard my first big star song..the internet.
Totally wrote:also to the really creepily obsessed kid frothing NON-US SPORTS GEAR IS A COMPLEXITY-SIGNALING DEVICE FOR AGEING HIPSTER ACOLYTES WHO DOWNLOAD MOANA: I have a lot of friends (and an apartment) in Geelong. Get a fuckin life man.
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Postby ouroboros » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:04 pm

Alex Hutchinson (Sweat Science) The Curiously Elastic Limits of Endurance (book excerpt) https://www.outsideonline.com/2279081/are-limits-endurance-mental-or-physical
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Postby supersaturated » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:02 pm

blurst of times wrote:hot new david grann(!) piece about an antarctic explorer: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/the-white-darkness

haven't read it yet but am psyched 4 this


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For sure another David Grann masterpiece. Are David Grann’s pieces on heroic adventurers (like this piece, Lost City of Z) straightforward praise & admiration of the subjects, or is there a subtle commentary on a kind of toxicity in ‘heroic masculinity?’ It’s hard for me to tell.
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Postby Merciel » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:26 am

supersaturated wrote:Are David Grann’s pieces on heroic adventurers (like this piece, Lost City of Z) straightforward praise & admiration of the subjects, or is there a subtle commentary on a kind of toxicity in ‘heroic masculinity?’ It’s hard for me to tell.


I think Grann is just genuinely fascinated by the extraordinary feats and doomed romanticism in these stories, and that gives him a natural sympathy with his subjects, especially the ones who are themselves so overtaken by the stories of their predecessors that they feel compelled to follow their ghosts.

I don't read his writing as being an intentional commentary on concepts like toxic masculinity. While that element may be present, at least if you care to look for it, that's because what Grann is interested in is simply the mythmaking of masculinity. Is it tragic that people are lured to their dooms by these myths? Maybe. Is it inspiring? Could be that too! But it's up to the reader whether that's what they take away, just as it's up to the reader to determine whether it's depressing that Shackleton's history and writings were mined for MBA puff pieces on learning to be a leader, or whether it's inspiring that his ripples across humanity reached so broadly.

Grann's not going to push you toward any particular interpretation. He's just going to lay out the story in clear and vivid language and let you take what you will from it.
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Postby aububs » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:01 am

that grann piece is heartbreakingToggle Spoiler
no buddy not really
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Postby supersaturated » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:34 pm

Merciel wrote:I think Grann is just genuinely fascinated by the extraordinary feats and doomed romanticism in these stories, and that gives him a natural sympathy with his subjects, especially the ones who are themselves so overtaken by the stories of their predecessors that they feel compelled to follow their ghosts.

I don't read his writing as being an intentional commentary on concepts like toxic masculinity. While that element may be present, at least if you care to look for it, that's because what Grann is interested in is simply the mythmaking of masculinity. Is it tragic that people are lured to their dooms by these myths? Maybe. Is it inspiring? Could be that too! But it's up to the reader whether that's what they take away, just as it's up to the reader to determine whether it's depressing that Shackleton's history and writings were mined for MBA puff pieces on learning to be a leader, or whether it's inspiring that his ripples across humanity reached so broadly.

Grann's not going to push you toward any particular interpretation. He's just going to lay out the story in clear and vivid language and let you take what you will from it.


Beautifully said - I think your analysis of Grann’s writing is spot on.

I guess, ultimately, I am conflicted about Henry Worsley. If you ask Prince William or his family or the producers that optioned Grann's article, Henry is a noble hero. I’m not so sure. Unlike genuinely heroic explorers (imo), there doesn’t appear to be any scientific value to his trip. He isn’t Neil Armstrong bringing back moon rocks. It seems like a vanity project. And if I’m being cynical, it seems like Henry would go to the end of the earth to get away from his wife & his kids.

But there is a romanticism to his trip & a link to his ancestor that is beautiful.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(Great article tho)
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Postby neopolitan » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:12 pm

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/20 ... -ever.html

Jamison Bachman: Worst Roommate Ever
I reduced the temples of Elam to naught; their gods and goddesses I scattered to the winds. The tombs of their ancient and recent kings I devastated, I exposed to the sun, and I carried away their bones toward the land of Ashur.
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Postby blab » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:25 pm

neopolitan wrote:http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/20 ... -ever.html

Jamison Bachman: Worst Roommate Ever



fixed link
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/jamison-bachman-worst-roommate-ever.html

sry not trying to be rude
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Postby Franco » Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:08 pm

this is really good

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