vein13:

serenading-the-unicorn:

gymleaderkarkat:


What are you so afraid of!?

I’m REALLY sorry but it looks like they’re about to rap battle



it got better

vein13:

serenading-the-unicorn:

gymleaderkarkat:

What are you so afraid of!?

I’m REALLY sorry but it looks like they’re about to rap battle

it got better

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vivianvivisection:

jonesdavid813:

h0llo:

Putting on makeup is such a spiritual experience I watch myself go from a 3 to a 9 right in front of my mirror I love it

no, if you are putting on makeup, I don’t care who you are or what you look like, you go from about a 10 to 1

keep talking shit you gonna go from a basic ass 2 to a 6-feet-under

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aseaofquotes:

Lisa See, Peony in Love

aseaofquotes:

Lisa See, Peony in Love

iwillbe-0verjoyed:

If you think instrumental music is stupid you can decrescendo out of my life

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asker

Anonymous asked: you are a pretentious prick who is also a transphobic piece of trash, go to hell

fishingboatproceeds:

There is so much of this stuff in my ask box, and most of it not even anonymous, but I don’t want to call out any particular user because I know they’ll then get a lot of hateful asks and the cycle will just continue.

First off, there’s a comma splice in your ask. I just have to let you know that, on account of how I’m a pretentious prick.

I hope that I’m not transphobic. I’ve been public and vocal in my support for the rights of trans people for years, and I’ve tried over the years to amplify trans voices, from T Cooper to Stephen Ira Beatty, rather than pretending to be able to speak for them. 

Look, I am a person, and I am not a particularly good one. I am screwed up and make a lot of mistakes. But I am not a piece of trash. I would imagine that you are also screwed up and make a lot of mistakes, but you aren’t a piece of trash either.

But it is still hurtful—very hurtful—to hear people call me a piece of trash. It just makes me sad to hear, the way I think it would make most people sad to hear. The certainty and lack of nuance in that characterization reflects a broader lack of nuance in online discourse these days that just bums me out. 

YouTube at Large(r)

edwardspoonhands:

During the MTV Movie Awards, YouTube launched a new initiative aimed to change the way YouTube creators are seen by their communities and by the world at large. I’m not saying that this is a bad strategy or even a bad thing for YouTube, but I think it is worth discussing because it will change YouTube.

Several advertisments were run featuring YouTube creators Rosanna Pansino, Bethany Mota, and Michelle Phan. These weren’t endorsements for products, they were advertisements for their YouTube channels.

Now, this might seem a little puzzling. All of those channels are growing extremely quickly…they don’t really need the help. Plus, YouTube doesn’t even own them…so why invest a bunch of money in their promotion. Any one of those creators could leave YouTube for a show on TV tomorrow and say “Hey, thanks for the free promotion YouTube! Now I have a real show!”

So why are they doing this?

  1. Those creators (and other creators) are now actually less likely to leave YouTube because they see that YouTube is investing in them much the way a traditional cable network would.
  2. YouTube wants to build the idea that a YouTube channel IS a “real show.”
  3. YouTube is a big deal, but not to the “right” people. 

Who are the right people? Advertisers…people who buy advertising. They’re advertising to advertisers. 

OK…YouTube is a BIG FREAKING DEAL. Like, I am not a top 100 YouTube creator and yet I can’t go to the grocery store without snapping a selfie with a couple people. (This is totally cool, btw, as long as I am not currently eating or in the bathroom.) Young people are watching more YouTube than TV (no wonder Disney bought in).

But advertisers are not young people, and they’re looking at YouTube like it’s a soup made of 2,000,000 ingredients, most of which they don’t recognize and none of which go together. It terrifies them that they have to deal with this disgusting mess in order to reach young people.

So YouTube’s strategy is to make YouTube stars “actual stars”. The difference between those two things has nothing to do with engagement or viewership, it has to do with cultural perception. That’s what YouTube is aiming to change. Instead of having a dedicated loyal community, YouTube wants it’s stars to have a dedicated, loyal community AND broad cultural recognition. The way that Stephen Colbert has his slavering superfans, AND his name is known by everyone. 

This mass cultural recognition will bring in more ad money (especially to the top 5% of YouTube, which YouTube will now be selling as a premium package.) And that’s great. As a YouTube creator, if I have more money, that means I can make more cool stuff, grow my company, employ more people, etc.

But there are broader, less exciting implications for us to be ready for as well:

  1. More ad money means more competition from more institutionalized companies. Companies that operate efficiently and do market research and clever accounting and have VPs of business development and lawyers and other things that I find intensely tedious.
  2. The barriers to entry on YouTube get higher…the gatekeepers re-take their posts. If YouTube stardom is “legit” stardom, the competition will increase. The people (or algorithms) who decide what content is getting featured, shared, and turned into TV ads will be the new gate keepers.
  3. YouTube will be less cool. Not all of it, mind you, there will still be pockets of exciting, interesting, revolutionary weirdness, but YouTube’s broader culture will be more bland every year in order to appeal to broader audiences and advertising execs.

None of this is shocking to me. It was always going to be the path that YouTube headed down (if it didn’t implode.) I guess I just thought it wouldn’t happen so fast. 

My personal view is that YouTube’s strategy should be to foster great content, not cater to advertising executives. But I recognize that this strategy accomplishes both goals at once, so it’s not like I think it’s a bad strategy. I think YouTube could spend a little more time being cool before very intentionally and publicly going mainstream…but I’m a YouTube Hipster…what can I say.

If I’m angry about anything, it’s how shortsighted the advertising industry has been…making YouTube jump through a thousand hoops in order to get them to buy cheap ads when, really, YouTube has all the power. If ad agencies would like to stop reaching anyone under the age of 30…they’re welcome to keep marginalizing the most culturally important medium of the 21st century. Eventually they’d get fired and the problem would solve itself. 

Congrats to Bethany, Michelle, and Rosanna…I can’t wait to see who’s next.

I would like to point out that I have absolutely no clue who Stephen Colbert is. There are not many mainstream celebrities I would ask for a selfie in the grocery store (or anywhere else for that matter), but there are quite a few YouTubers I would ask for a picture with in a heart beat

asker

you-wish-you-had-this-url asked: I've been seeing a lot of people talk about Gus sounding really pretentious in the movie, do you think he sounds pretentious?

fishingboatproceeds:

I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.

Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.

And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.

Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.

Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.

(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)

Writing isn’t the same as speaking, I struggle with conversation — Alex Turner (via yosame)

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todaysdocument:

It’s National Library Week!
Remember being this excited to check out a book? (Maybe you still are.)

From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.


The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Lives Change.”  How has a library, or librarian, changed your life?

todaysdocument:

It’s National Library Week!

Remember being this excited to check out a book? (Maybe you still are.)

From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.

The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Lives Change.”  How has a library, or librarian, changed your life?

(via teachingliteracy)

You can’t read this without hearing them sing it in your head. 

(via whatupprincess)

valyrria:

petition to stop dressing both dany and margaery in nothing but blue clothes

This is the youngest that we’re ever going to be. — The Spectacular Now  (via persehpone)

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farewell-raggedy-man:

Jenna Coleman filming Doctor Who in Fforest Fawr

farewell-raggedy-man:

Jenna Coleman filming Doctor Who in Fforest Fawr

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