Carmageddon

I’m thinking of taking a little scenic tour up Sepulveda, this weekend. Should be a pleasant little jaunt. Who’s with me?

The Dark Lord of Media

Rupert Murdoch, by all accounts, the singularly most evil global media tycoon ever to scuttle along the Earth’s surface (apologies to William Randolph Hearst) is finally getting his comeuppance.. Meanwhile, all of the little pygmy media tribes now feel safe in coming out of the woodwork to tell other stories of Murdoch abuse and deceit…

Invincible Waterbears

Apparently, Tardigrades can not only withstand super-extreme temperatures, but can also thrive in the vacuum of space. Doesn’t the prospect of space-enduring critters provide a totally plausible alternative to evolution? I, for one, would like to welcome our new Moss Piglet Overlords and pray that they can defeat our Immortal Jellyfish tormentors.

A Corruption of Dependency

Internet Avatar Lessig speaks not of a dependency on people, but instead, an institutional dependency on money.

Cultural Capitalism

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizzek argues here that acts of charity within corrupted capitalist societies do nothing but perpetuate harmful economic systems. Only the allowance of unabashed cruelty can accelerate the demise of such systems.

Wikileaks Goes Ad-Buster

Having dabbled in Mep-themed ‘Anti-Ads’ for several years, I was elated to see Wikileaks’ execution on this Mastercard spoof.

Greeks Brace for Spartan Existence Post-Austerity

Is it just me, or is international economic dialogue thousands of grade levels above that of the US?

Everything

You should know by now that I always appreciate metaphysically reflective mashups. Bonus points to this piece for pulling material from They Live, Zeitgeist, and Bill Hicks.

What’s Due Process Again?

Leave it to Andy Griffith to remind us of the principle of due process of law – and the reason why the Patriot Act is an abominable document.

The Last (Permitted) Creative Medium

What does it tell you about our society when the vast majority of talented animators, designers, and graphic artists who aren’t destitute are in the advertising industry?

To Hell With Ads from Jake Roper on Vimeo.