“someone on twitter said that they had considered memes “the democratization of humor,” which i think is fascinating. because there’s an effort to make you think that by proliferating someone else’s joke, you yourself become as funny or clever as its originator. there is money to be made from this. empires are built on that idea! but it doesn’t hold water. the word BACON or the word SCIENCE is not humor, it does not indicate the presence of humor; but it’s been positioned as a punchline for so long, we react to it as if it’s a fully-formed joke. put it this way: we used to all own headphones of various qualities. then apple bundled those trashy white earbuds with all music players, and audiophiles everywhere said “man, they are really horrible for music — they have terrible bass response and kids are growing up thinking that all music is supposed to be tinny and shrill.” i’m not an audiophile, but i’ll take those guys’ word for it. memes are those white earbuds, but for comedy.”—chainsawsuit by kris straub - my thoughts on memes, distilled
“Does any serious education happen at these conferences? Can creative inspiration be commoditized? Will a phone’s worth of apps save the world? Sadly no. But certainly there are less noble ways to spend $395. If it makes you feel good about the world, even if only for an afternoon, offering some brief respite from the fire hose of pessimism and misery the rest of life shoots at your chest all day every day, well, gee whiz, why not?”—
“To prepare for the role, Bale spoke…about “how Martian-like Patrick Bateman was, how he was looking at the world like somebody from another planet, watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave”…he had seen Tom Cruise on David Letterman’s talk show and Bale was struck by the movie star’s “very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy.””—American Psycho (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“At one point B pronounces “architecture” curiously, the “i” sound ballooning up to a “y.” Two rows behind me, I hear, “Archytecture?” echoed, a derisive curve in the voice. Then the same baffled laughter. A phrase flashes in my mind, kind of haunting the edges of this interaction. “Minstrel show.” By which I mean, these members of the audience, marinated in internet-lol culture, project a kind minstrelsy onto Lil B. They exist in a jar of phrases. They bark at him and expect absurdities. Dark and sad things hang in the air.”—
Projection? Lil B must know what he’s doing. He’s Wesley Willis, minus the excuse of being mentally disabled. Being aggressively weird is still a form of trolling, even when shrouded in vague platitudes about positivity and peans to world peace.
I wasn’t there, but isn’t that what you’re not supposed to expect a black rapper to be about? He could have spent an hour talking about his favorite types of sandwiches, and we’d be quoting him in our Facebook statuses for months.
LOL, he isn’t talking about bitches and hoes! Hilarious! Profound!
“Two companies, OMGPOP and Instagram, came out of nowhere and became viable competitors. That’s kind of amazing. It’s amazing to me that Instagram got 30 million users in no time at all. It’s crazy that Draw Something can get 50 million downloads in 50 days. It’s mind blowing that Pinterest went from nothing to 10 million users in the blink of an eye. It’s amazing how fragile it all is. Facebook may be the first viable threat to Google, but its own market dominance is by no means assured.”—
This is why I am optimistic about the future of a free and open internet, whereas a lot of people who hold similar ideas about the virtues of anonymity feel that we must regulate the social web. When the means of production are effectively infinite, contenders to near-monopolies can appear overnight.