January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
June 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
First of all, the dog’s name is Murkin. Second of all, his face. Third of all, both of those things.
May 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
You might have to watch on YouTube, due to disabled embedding request (why do people do that?). I can’t mad though, because of dogs.
I’m headed off to ROFLcon later this evening — will be speaking on Saturday’s Adventures in Aca-meme-ia (GET IT???) panel. I’m excited about seeing everybody, and know the conference itself will be kickass (Tim and the rest of the ROFLcompany are geniuses at planning these things) but come to the table with some ambivalence. As a friend and I were discussing yesterday, the internet (little i, not big I) is in this weird moment of transition, and I’m not sure exactly how those changes will manifest themselves at this, the mother of all internet culture conferences. On a more practical level, I’m not sure how this, the mother of all internet culture conferences, will fit into the conclusion of my dissertation (which I’ve already written, but undoubtedly will need to revise, like all the goddamn chapters I thought I finished). ROFLcon figures pretty prominently in that last chapter, and throughout the whole manuscript actually; I’ve talked at length about ROFLcon I in 2008, ROFLcon II in 2010 and 2011‘s ROFLcon summit — ROFLcon III will complete the set, which means I’ll probably be making revisions as I’m sitting in the various panels. Don’t know how that will go, but I do know that whatever it is, it will be a thing.
April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
…but this makes me very happy. I don’t care what anyone says.
April 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
I guess this will have to tide me over till the next episode of Too Cute: Puppies.
In other news, newspeople are filthy obscenity monsters. My heros!
Interesting article about tweet-bomb online activism on Gawker:
This is the double-edge of the sort of social media activism that’s been in vogue, best embodied by the anti-SOPA agitating of Reddit, Anonymous and Kony 2012. It lowers the threshold for participation, which is good. But it can lower it so much that people are no longer dedicated to the cause as much as the animal satisfaction of joining a digital stampede. The hive harnessed by a wacky video game dude to raise $1 million for kids can easily turn into a pitchfork-wielding mob against those who don’t play along.
Here’s the video, it’s EXTREEEEEEME: