Thursday, March 3, 2011

links and such

  • These two posts from Rob Horning (hat tip to an emailer) deal with a lot of the issues that have been on my mind lately, and very incisively. I would note that, if you were inclined to be on Facebook but were uncomfortable with all of this stuff, you could be on Facebook to connect with your friends but subvert all of the information gathering: if you're a 25 year old man, say you're a 47 year old woman, "like" things that you don't and don't like things that you do, and generally fill in all of the information correctly. Your friends still know who you really are in real life, after all. Not exactly smashing the system, but a minor little way to subvert their aims.
  • Noah Millman's Shakesblog is great, although I do disagree with this post quite a bit.
  • Alyssa Rosenberg offers a very fair and necessary corrective to another piece in The Atlantic about supposedly boring women in indie film. As an unabashed fan of The Royal Tennenbaums, and someone who is getting tired of all the film criticism written in shorthand these days, I much appreciated it.
  • My brother writes in defense of, at least, the aesthetic of Walt Disney and the Disney animation studio in the early days. Some very striking images linked to as well. Personally, I find the best conventionally animated Disney films to be light years ahead of anything Pixar has come up with, but this is controversial.
  • I think this is a strikingly well-done website for the band Noah and the Whale, and I dig the song "Wild Thing" from the album that's being streamed. It's a nice way to let people listen to the album without giving it away for free downloads. (Of course, pirates will pirate anyway.) I am often struck by how disappointingly conventional most web design still is these days.
  • I know that the Black List demonstrates what is hip in Hollywood these days but it most demonstrates to me that condensations and "treatments" of art are almost never going to be really flattering. For example, one of the hottest scripts on the list is called "All You Need is Kill," and is described as "A new recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop where he wakes up one day in the past after he has been killed on the battlefield." And, you know, that might be a great movie! It just sounds ridiculous in that context.
  • This is the sort of piece that I think n+1 does well.

4 comments:

Mr. Mix said...

Your Rate My Professor is hilarious, by the way.

Freddie said...

Oh, god, I don't go anywhere near that thing. Don't tell me.

משחקי אונליין said...

nice post admin! thank you very much!

Myles SG said...

Freddie, given that you are interested in economic egalitarianism, I propose to you a few questions:

1) It is a fairly obvious fact that physical and material secondary production is now declining in importance and value relative to intellectual and creative production. You cannot approach economic questions in good faith while ignoring this. How do you think this relates to economic egalitarianism?

See my most recent emission relating (partially) to it: http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/03/the-falling-price-of-computer-power/#comment-166453048

2) On a more abstract level, what's your view on Rawlsianism and G. A. Cohen's critique of Rawlsianism?

(My view is that viewed on its own terms, Jerry Cohen is somewhat persuasive in his critique, although I have no dog in this fight: I am a classical liberal.)