Hamburgers are better than pizza and here’s why:

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I’ve been sitting on this topic for a few days now, but last night I read Jezebel’s re-purposing of Slate’s Nicki Minaj piece and many things struck me, tying back to this post over at The FADER. Mainly, The Way We Argue On The Internet, Especially When The Topic Is Rap Music.

 

We are all suddenly idiots when we visit websites. Regardless of one’s age or level of education, anyone is prone to calling someone a fag or a retard during an online disagreement. That doesn’t mean it will always happen, but when it does it’s unfortunate and annoying and drives well-meaning writers and bloggers batty. (There are, however, a number of bloggers that don’t mind this sort of thing if pageviews rely on the endurance of catfights.) Multiply that times music and pop culture, which attracts any variety of fans, “experts” and youth and it doesn’t matter how rich and entertaining your turn of phrase is if you’ve decided Gucci is wack, or dope, for that matter. People largely aren’t reading your opinions to be entertained by them; they want your opinions to be in tandem with their own.

 

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OMG OMG OMG Kanye West’s new website–zzzzzzzz……

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It’s really okay to say this is all about aesthetics, right? Which is pretty much what this guy’s career has been built on in recent years. But not just aesthetics for the sake of being superficial, but more or less to engage in discussions thereof under the pretense of profundity. (Or sharing “dope” things.) No, this is shallow. Discuss it in that context, realistically. This is what blogging has become.

 

Home – KanyeWest.com

 

Rating the famous & famous-ish I follow on Twitter

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The easiest way to identify a douchebag on Twitter is by the “verified account” badge on his or her profile. This is a fact. Because of the crushing avalanche of poo that is Pop Culture, I tend not to follow many famous people. It is rather like getting all dressed up for a fabulous exclusive party only to arrive and observe that everyone’s drinking malt liquor and eating wingettes. Such a profound disappointment, that. But, as it turns out, there’s enough dope people I consider worth following, with varying degrees of Fail. I promise more than half of them you won’t give a shit about, but walk with me anyway.
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On Haiti, compassion and Twitter-shaming.

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I have a love-hate relationship with Twitter as I’m sure we all do. As a tool for imparting news it’s great, even when the news is scary and heartbreaking.

 

A crisis like the earthquakes in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas is particularly scary. When a disaster is an act of nature and not man, that means there’s no one, on the surface, to blame. Once you consider the area affected has suffered from a severe lack of economic growth among other things, it becomes more complicated. There’s always someone to whom you can direct your anger and frustration.

 

When the story broke, many users in my timeline tweeted and re-tweeted late-breaking news, donation links, prayers and more. This is part of what makes a platform like Twitter invaluable. Unfortunately, this comes with something I like to call “Twitter-shaming.” This happens whenever there’s a huge news story, typically of the political nature, and concerned users take umbrage with others that aren’t tweeting as passionately about the topic as they are. They are angry that the trending topics do not reflect the real news of the world. They demand why the people they follow are talking about other, more frivolous, things. They need to feel secure that the world is a charitable, compassionate and informed place and are using Twitter to gauge that.

 

A lot of this came in the form of users re-tweeting and referencing a message by Wyclef at blitzkreig speed, in which he told people where they could donate $5 to the earthquake fund via SMS. “I donated. Did you?” There’s no way to know who actually donated based on those tweets, but more than that, there’s no way to determine that someone doesn’t give a damn simply because they aren’t talking about it. Another popular question was why it took an earthquake for anyone to care for the people of Haiti.

 

This problem isn’t unique to Twitter; you’ll find people demanding all sorts of action and updates from websites that are silent on certain topics, either by default or design. “Why are you blogging about this when this is going on in the world? Don’t you think this is more important?”

 

Yes, what’s going on in Haiti is important, and it’s very easy to help. Unfortunately my jacked up service plan won’t allow me to make donations via text message, so I went to Yele Haiti and donated with my credit card. I didn’t do it because I have something to prove or because I was Twitter-shamed. I did it because up until a few days ago I wouldn’t have been able to and know what it’s like to be in need of help.

 

The point of all this is that finger-wagging is counterintuitive to charity and compassion. It isn’t necessary for an act of loving kindness, even if it’s just concern and prayer, to be accompanied with righteousness in order for it to work. You show your concern by sharing the information, doing your part to help and not allowing yourself to become judgmental when it appears others don’t care. Maybe they do care and simply don’t feel the need to shout it from the rooftops.

 

Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund

Myspace just a horrifying ghetto for thirsty artists with bad webdesigners.

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not your friend.Ever since Myspace became Facebook’s bottom bitch it’s been walking around in a perpetual shrug like it doesn’t know why it sucks. But you and I know, don’t we? It’s ugly, mainly. Not since the days of Blackplanet and Tripod have personal web spaces been so eye-rapey. They just let people do anything, which is sort of the Internet’s gift and curse. But Facebook and Twitter, thankfully, have imposed “fuckery limits” which is why they are so popular. This is a fact. So now, desperate ugly Myspace is on some AOL shit, reinventing itself as a “destination for entertainment”, which makes sense since News Corp’s digital chief is Jonathan Miller–a former Exec at AOL that has experience with failing enterprises.

 

But what Miller fails to realize is reinventing Myspace won’t make any difference if I’m not visiting and logging into my account. Think about it: Are those remaining three friends you know that haven’t made the switch to Facebook worth logging in for? Absolutely not. They are weird.

 

News Corp. digital chief: MySpace ‘kind of stopped’ — CNet