Perhaps the most tragic casualty of the 2016 Republican Primary hecatomb, has been the ritual sacrifice of Jeb Bush. Once the baby brother and inevitable successor to Idiot-CLown-Commander George Bush, Jeb has been tossed aside in the fervor for the new Donald (Furor). There may come a day when we all regret casting aside this dynastic technocrat for a bombastic scam-artist — but that is another story.
Snowpocalgeddon Jumps the Shark…Again, Finland the Permanent Frozen Wasteland, Russia is Lucky (Not Happy), Katy Perry Almost Jumps the Shark, Everyone Hates 2014, Don Lemon Jumps the Shark in a Blizzardmobile, Russ (Commercially) Jumps the Shark, Storey (Pacifically) Jumps the Shark, and all our Sports Teams Jump the Shark.
Perfect Girl Exposed! (No, It’s Not What You Think), Shrooms Exposed! (No, That’s Not What You Think Either), Russ Wins at 12th Dimensional Chess, Jackie Hates Perfect Girl, How Long Does It Take to Write the Perfect Text, Always Carry the One When Calculating the Rapture, When Atheists Attack, and Storey Exposed! (No, It’s…Well, Maybe It Is What You Think).
I don’t know how I missed it in its original go-round, and am a little bit irritated at my digital arts media fare for not calling attention to it sooner, but Synecdoche, New York, may be the finest film I’ve ever seen. This piece is almost completely indescribable. It is an Escher-ian meta story that swallows its own tail. The glut of surrealism contained within can cause temporary psychosis, though – so fair warning. Anyway, have a monologue:
Ever think to yourself, boy, I really hated the execution of Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void, but loved the concept. Could you maybe find a Native American version based on an ancient Sanskrit epic without the gratuitous sex and violence? Yes, says the internets, I believe we have that.
Lecturer of MoveOn.org fame, Eli Pariser, delineates the newest threat to information freedom – taste algorithms. This is an automated ‘service’ provided by the likes of Facebook and Google that shield you from things you’re less likely to be interested in, while facilitating your access to all sorts of useless drivel that you may spend the better part of your wasted existence ingesting. And this taste algorithm will ensure that you never break out of your Bieber-addled nonsense consumption. Because even if you want to look for things outside your usual circle of uselessness, the taste algorithms will prevent you from finding them. Frightening.
From The People’s View, a fascinating article about where the Glenn Greenwalds and Jane Hamshers of the world–you know, the ones who became liberal when a black man took office and dared to create and sustain progressive policies without consulting them first–get their respective bread buttered. The next time self-described left wingers start throwing the term “corporatist” around within earshot, ask them if they’ve seen any investment disclosure statements from the Huffington Post lately.