|BABY:||[builds tower with blocks]|
|ME:||ok this is very good||under capitalism massive building projects are constructed through wage slavery||and through their sheer size and scale intimidate and pacify the masses||so this is a great comment|
|BABY:||[knocks over tower]|
The Computers Are Coming! A warning from Southwest Radio Church in 1980 (Found via Dangerous Minds; Fort a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/431068158/computers-are-deemed-evil-and-the-antichrist)
Yesterday seemed to be all about end of cycle. On one end of the day, BERG closing. On the other, the Apple production. Yesterday was a tired day. I’ve never been an Apple fanboy, even though I’m embedded in iOS for mobile computing (aside from my beautiful Chromebook Pixel). But there was often some entertainment value in the Apple reveals. A friend said to me yesterday night, “I think…
I want to play all these games.
Sci-FI NES Games from a Parallel Dimension
We were unfortunate enough to live through such horrible movie-licensed games like Robocop, Total Recall, and E.T. (or as we usually refer to it: That Game Which Shall Not Be Named), but perhaps somewhere in an alternate timeline where good things happened and people knew how to make good movie-based vidya gaemz, we could have had such instant classics like “They Live!” (with real 3D glasses action? Give me that) and MST3K (do you play the movie they’re watching, or just Press A to quip?)
My intuition told me that this story about a futuristic world carried an immediate message for our present world. I am also interested in computers through my own personal experience with them. There are only a few movies, even out of Hollywood, which clearly portray the influence and power of computers. I thought this theme would be more effectively conveyed through animation. - director Mamoru Oshii; P.D. by Hiromasa Ogura
"It’s hard to tell through his multiple layers of irony, but it seems that Baudrillard thought this “implosion” process had the potential to short-circuit the imposition of power as it made the social disappear. It manifests a refusal to participate in the flexible ways control is administered not through repression but through encouraging expression, and letting people build their own jails. The more you say and interact and connect, the better you can be modeled, and the more your reality can be seamlessly shaped around you, so that control is experienced as freedom within the circumscribed matrix."
This morning I was doing my usual perusing of Reddit and came across a link on /r/DepthHub about how Fifty Shades of Grey went from the Twilight fan fiction community to a best-selling novel and movie deal.
While it’s widely known that FSOG started as fan fiction, what’s not particularly well understood is how it made the leap from online message board posts to a publishing best seller. User Hurricangst helps to connect the dots.
Of particular note is that the fan fiction community surrounding Twilight created an “Alternate Universe” (“AU” as referenced in the post) that was largely devoid of anything from Stephenie Meyer’s books besides passing references or character names.
"So Twilight All-Human AUs were ultimately invented. There were stories where vampires didn’t exist (like FSOG). They got CRAZY popular within the community because they were essentially just generic romance novels with characters we already knew (made it easy to write and consume, as we already liked and cared about the characters). Though there were always nods to the original Twilight series within them, you didn’t even have to know Twilight to enjoy an AH-AU. I’ve gotten tons of reviews on my fanfic where readers say they’ve never even picked up the book." — hurricangst
The lengthy (by Reddit standards) history does a good job of showing how EL James was able to take popular elements from other fan fiction works along with her own marketing prowess and generate a lot of support and interest in her work.
Even if the result was a rather dubious work of emotional manipulation and abuse masquerading as a novel about a BDSM relationship, the origin of this popular novel from the quiet online community of Twilight fan fiction is an odd and interesting history.