I don’t know how YouTube’s pre-roll ads work but something tells me that their targeting, if they are using that to begin with, is not working correctly.

I don’t know how YouTube’s pre-roll ads work but something tells me that their targeting, if they are using that to begin with, is not working correctly.

Tonight, I learned that when you finish watching Oldboy on Netflix, they recommend The Amazing Spider-Man as a follow-up.

They’re not wrong.

Tonight, I learned that when you finish watching Oldboy on Netflix, they recommend The Amazing Spider-Man as a follow-up.

They’re not wrong.

Red pill, blue pill, Shrek, Sondheim.

Red pill, blue pill, Shrek, Sondheim.

Look, I don’t usually reblog/retweet compliments I receive, so forgive me this one instance.

Look, I don’t usually reblog/retweet compliments I receive, so forgive me this one instance.

I’ve been told that this Tumblr here has “a lot of words”. This is my first effort to remedy that. Thanks for stopping by!

I’ve been told that this Tumblr here has “a lot of words”. This is my first effort to remedy that. Thanks for stopping by!

can you tell us a bit about yourself — Asked by beatyourwings

What is this, a job interview?

You know, just reading through the comments on the Facebook invite for Ani DiFranco’s songwriting retreat thing that is going to take place at a plantation and came across a pile-on which ended in the white girl who was spouting platitudes about “reclaiming spaces” and “unity” impersonating a black girl. Facebook thread of the year, everyone.

I get e-mails.

I get e-mails.

There’s this post on ILM.

And then there was this standup comedian I saw perform twice in a week a few weeks ago (for reasons I won’t go into here). He was your average Bill Hicks/Lewis Black ripoff, the standup who thinks that yelling your ideas and bits out REALLY LOUDLY is a substitute for actually being funny. Sprinkle in a bit of “ironic” misogyny/racism/homophobia. None of it really fazed me (I’ve been to enough comedy shows to temper my expectations), except for when he started going on about Kim Kardashian, how she’s famous for doing nothing except making a sex tape. It was the kind of rant that was so misogynistic, so cruel, and so thoughtless that even if I had any misgivings about the subject (and for the record, I don’t really have any, I don’t feel one way or the other about her), I would feel a billion times more positive about her, because if she could get a straight white dude this twisted, she must be doing something right.

There’s the ongoing Elan and Diane story that I still don’t believe happened. I’m not going to talk about this specifically too much. There’s been enough words written about this - at the end of the day, it’s another guy trying to garner fame off someone else’s misfortune. Anyway, my point is that I find it quite telling that in this day and age where viral fame is far too easily found, that the “this celebrity is famous just for being famous!” narrative is still unfairly targeted towards women. As far as I know, no one scolded Elan for his fame based off passing someone on an airplane a note and two mini-bottles of vodka and tweeting about it, acts that are hardly more notable than a sex tape. As far as I know, no one scolded Richard Heene for his fame when he lied to the world about his son being in a gas balloon. Sure, he was chewed out for the lie, but his fame? No one questioned it. Men are just as responsible for these kind of viral half-truths as women, if not more, but the aforementioned meta-celebrity narrative seems to not be applied to them even half as often as it is to women.

Would you like a wi-fi network?

Would you like a wi-fi network?