November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
…That I asked myself this very question, and in fact discussed the custody question mark that is DOURTNEY STODDEN (Courtney Stodden and Eugene Victor Tooms’s adopted dogchild) via text with my very best childhood friend (of Martha Stewart fame; see this post for a rundown of our various fantagonistic exploits). “I can’t believe Doug and Courtney are calling it quits!” she wrote. “I know!!! I am heartbroken,” I responded, after which I asked about Doutney’s sad future as a dog from a broken home. “I read they will share custody (phew!),” Katie answered. “At least there’s some justice in the world,” I wrote, and then went on a long rant about how I hope it turns out this is the STUNT QUEEN move to end all STUNT QUEEN moves (the phrase “STUNT QUEEN” must always be in all-Kanyes), and that Doug, Courtney, and Dourtney will be laughing all the way to the bank/VH1’s primetime lineup a la Speidi. A girl can dream!
Really though, I’m sorry to hear this news (I’m not, really, because Courtney needs to spread her wings and FLY). My love for the instillation art piece that is Courtney Stodden is well documented; verily she is the hero we all deserve. So, I salute you, the former Mrs. Doug Hutchison! I trust you are already shopping a Rock of Love-style dating show (also: apparently the NYT reviewer who thought she was slamming Rock of Love doesn’t realize that an opening line like “VH1’s ‘Rock of Love With Bret Michaels’ is carnival sludge: a nauseating paste of fried dough, cigarette ash, salt and grain alcohol” only makes my heart grow fonder). I do not think I need to say that I will watch that mess, because I will. Oh, how I will watch it.
In conclusion, never change you beautiful troll!
March 9, 2013 § 3 Comments
My hero Courtney Stodden (no really; check out this article in which I bestow upon her flaxen crown the title of honorary troll) has recently taken to posting nuanced character studies/profiles in courage to her must-watch-TV YouTube channel. This week she tries her hand at “Courtland,” her fictional half sister. “At least I have half of my fucking dignity left,” she explains, which made me want to invite the budding thespian to my wedding. She continues: “I’m not going to my judgmental place, but I’m from Washington State, ok?”
Courtney, you are sunshine on a cloudy day. Don’t ever, EVER change.
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October 29, 2011 § 1 Comment
Hit mute on the above, and press play. Then play the following, sound blasted to the heavens. And bathe in the glory that is my Halloween costume.
Bryan Pfaffenberger, “If I Want It, It’s Ok: Usenet and the (Outer) Limits of Free Speech” (1996)
Oh Jesus Usenet! No really because it’s 1996, this shit is crazy! Totally new communications medium! Which is why we have to think about how and why we got here — there “here” being a place where everything is tolerated except that which impedes the network from functioning (well sort of). In short, this hasn’t been a smooth or beautiful process! Much CYBERBLOOD has been spilled over the years, this whole puppypile of admins and architects and users all clamoring to control a thing that nobody entirely knew what it was. And even after they did! Because things kept changing! The result of (and also ensuring) persistent social conflict! Like everything worth talking about!
Suzanne Scott, “Repackaging Fan Culture: The Regifting Economy of Ancillary Content Models” (2009)
All sorts of shit can go awry when you try to smash together market and gift economies! The resulting epic fails, however (see: FanLib), often overshadow those spaces where negotiation can be you know like negotiated. Because this idea of “value,” it whizzes all over the place, between markets and producers and produsers and back again, occasionally forming/being harnessed to form “a regifting economy of ancillary content” that reseeds the magic transmedia circle with a precarious hybrid of grassroots and corporate content. So regifting (“packaging”) fandom itself, like on official websites for cult shows. Something about that one Seinfeld episode? Yes! Yes it’s exactly like that, I think.
Look everybody, just in time for Halloween — Beibses’ latest X-mas single!
Money quote: “Playin for the King, Playin for the title….I’m suprised ya didn’t hear this in the Bible.” Indeed, you flirty rapscallion.