Tuesday, October 12, 2010

information links

---@DougCoupland's pessimistic guide to the next 10 years:

1) It's going to get worse.

No silver linings and no lemonade. The elevator only goes down. The bright note is that the elevator will, at some point, stop.

2) The future isn't going to feel futuristic.

It's simply going to feel weird and out-of-control-ish, the way it does now, because too many things are changing too quickly. The reason the future feels odd is because of its unpredictability. If the future didn't feel weirdly unexpected, then something would be wrong.

---Wes Anderson's new ad

---unlogo

---Nick Denton and Gawker:

"There exists in the collective media mind a caricature of Denton as an evil, soulless, Machiavellian puppeteer: the Wizard of Blogs. It is fed in part by some of the familiar pejoratives associated with tech geekery (Denton as anti-social robot, for example), and also by his own publications, which, in the interest of his vaunted transparency, occasionally turn their pitiless gaze on the boss himself, for comic effect. From reading Gawker, I had learned that Denton is not just a terrible employer but one of “New York’s worst,” as well as an unapologetic liar and the kind of person who leaves his own party early in search of a better one. The caricature was not much diminished by speaking to people about their experiences with the man.

“He’s not, like, a sociopath, but you kind of have to watch what you’re doing around him,” Ricky Van Veen, the C.E.O. of the Web site College Humor, told me.

“The villain public persona is not a hundred-per-cent true,” A. J. Daulerio, the editor-in-chief of Deadspin, Gawker Media’s sports blog, said. “It’s probably eighty-per-cent true.”

“He has fun when people say horrible things about him,” the blog guru Anil Dash said.

“I can’t lie to make him worse than he is, but he’s pretty bad,” Ian Spiegelman, a former Gawker writer, said.

---Uffie's video "Difficult"

---the fun new world of web scraping and the Draconian anti-piracy bill

---Troy analyzes The Night of the Hunter

---Dave Blakeslee celebrates Elevator to the Gallows

---a clip from Assayas' Carlos

---David Denby considers David Fincher's The Social Network:

"By focussing on the moment of creation, Fincher and Sorkin are getting at something new. From the first scene to the last, “The Social Network” hints at a psychological shift produced by the Information Age, a new impersonality that affects almost everyone. After all, Facebook, like Zuckerberg, is a paradox: a Web site that celebrates the aura of intimacy while providing the relief of distance, substituting bodiless sharing and the thrills of self-created celebrityhood for close encounters of the first kind. Karl Marx suggested that, in the capitalist age, we began to treat one another as commodities. “The Social Network” suggests that we now treat one another as packets of information. Mark Zuckerberg, as interpreted by this film, comes off as a binary personality. As far as he’s concerned, either you’re for him or you’re against him. Either you have information that he can use or you don’t. Apart from that, he’s not interested."

---a history of exploitation cinema by @mattzollerseitz

---inattentive reading and information obesity

---A. O. Scott remembers Walkabout

---why blogging still matters

---Of Dolls and Murder trailer

---predicting the future of information technology

---overworked Americans

---the first Marty McFly of Back to the Future

---Drenttel and Helfand's Introduction to Graphic Design

---lastly, 106 examples of the creative internet

2 comments:

alesum said...

What a nice, pleasant reading. Thank you for this posting.
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alesum

FilmDr said...

Thanks, aselum.