loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: You had me at "we're fucked)
Thems the facts:

1. The US is in recession. So is the majority of Europe. China and many Arab countries have incredibly strict internet censorship. India seems to be a free agent. So this is your crowd: People who are mostly out of money but are huge consumers of culture in its many variants.

2. Cinema tickets have been on an incredibly steep rise for the past decade, in direct correlation with the plummeting of the economy. First it was sheer post-9/11 escapism, then it was 3D, now it's IMAX. In NYC, a ticket to see an IMAX 3D movie in peak time has already got to $20. If you think the outer areas are cheaper, you're right, but the average salary is lower too.

3. Television is also more expensive. Time Warner Cable offers a "basic" monthly cable plan in NY that starts at $80. That is without channels like HBO, Starz, Showtime and On Demand movies, not to mention subscriptions to specialized sports channels/events, or even pay-per-view. Don't even get me started on porn. And I don't know about you, but in my building, Time Warner has basically bribed the management company to give them exclusive rights to cable access. I've been given to understand that this has become a standard practice.

4. Technology is more expensive. We don't have to start discussing the wide profit margin Apple, LG, BlackBerry, HP and Dell make off their consumers, right? They all have essentially the same Chinese prison-plant making them their gadgets at a cost that is financially dirt cheap, but also treats people like dirt. I'm an Apple consumer. My hands are not clean. I'm merely stating facts.

5. File storage has become vital. Western Digital is making a fortune on physical storage, and domains, blog services, photobucket-like websites and actual storage websites like Megaupload all provide answers to the rapidly increasing demand in storing media and documents which accumulate beyond the average computer/tablet's memory.

So what are we looking at? We're looking at a global community which is groaning under the weight of its addiction to culture. But this is not a weight made by the addiction itself. It's made by the nature of power-hungry, greedy companies, looking to profit as much as possible from their consumers, and those consumers don't have as much money as they used to, if they ever did. And people who can afford everything are a very small percentage of the global community.

And so, like in every community that is hungry but cannot afford food its masters are selling it (oh yes, I'm aware of the Marxist undertones here), thieving spreads.

Another factor taken into account: We have just turned a technological corner from undigitized media. CDs are being discontinued. The era of DVDs and Blu-Ray will come to an end sooner rather than later. Storage is everything now. This is a mitigating factor in the greediness of big companies who create the media content, because the collapse of CDs was a lethal blow to record companies and their parent companies, who counted on charging as much as possible for their products (while essentially shutting the artists out of the profits).

So we are looking at a monster that is big, hungry and greedy for power and money, with a hand in every plate. We are looking at Cthulhu. And today, Cthulhu took down Megaupload.

Megaupload is probably likely to get heavily indicted. We all know that. We all know what we were funding. Allegedly, they did too, according to some released evidence. The problem is far deeper than Megaupload, though, because Megaupload was simply making a quick buck on creating ideal conditions for a widespread phenomenon of people who cannot afford to consume culture at today's prices, but want it nonetheless.

This is not going to stop. Media companies like Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal and Viacom will continue to create culture and ask for increasing prices for it. People will still not be able to afford those prices. Piracy will continue, because as long as companies don't recognize the need for balance, they will not get the results they want. And no unleashing of governmental dragons in form of laws or indictments will help them, or us, the consumers.

What a shithole.
loony_moony: (TMB: Balloon spying)
I know this isn't news to anyone (and in fact, you can absolutely call me Captain Obvious for this), but I saw this random pic of Joseph Gordon-Levitt on tumblr the other day, and realized that his face is slowly (but surely) morphing into Heath Ledger's, just like everyone's been saying.





I mean, ffs they were both together on "10 Things I Hate About You" but back then they looked NOTHING alike. When Heath Ledger was younger, he looked nothing like JGL, and I remember watching him as a fucking teen on "S.W.E.A.T".

But you guys.

YOU GUYS.





Why yes, this does make TDKR even eerier. D:

And...goth

Feb. 7th, 2011 02:13 am
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean has a hole in his soul)
Disclaimer: I haven't read the books.

I just instant-Netflixed 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' )

And...goth

Feb. 7th, 2011 02:13 am
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean has a hole in his soul)
Disclaimer: I haven't read the books.

I just instant-Netflixed 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' )
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: I promised I wouldn't cry!)
First of all, happy 2011 everyone! We're into the second decade of the 21st century, and the world still hasn't ended. Can someone tell that to all the nutcases littering Port Authority?

Secondly, I've been wanting to write this entry for a while now. Well, I also wanted to write a sum of 2010 entry too, but then life happened and I didn't have time or energy. Bah, humbug.

Anyhow. So, as I'm sure most of my flist knows, In his last show in 2010, Jon Stewart dedicated the entire show to the Zadroga (or 9/11 responders) bill in a carefully orchestrated move. The direct result of this show (and the full month of continuous campaigning Stewart did beforehand) was the passage of the bill in both the House and the Senate in the remaning week of the session. Which, of course, got everyone talking again about Stewart and what The Daily Show actually does. Most notably, the New York Times wrote a full article about Stewart's influence, making him into a 21st century Edward R. Murrow, and NPR chiming in somewhat more sanely (but it was pre-passage, which is important to remember). Then, in a responding article, analyst Andrew Cohen made a very good point by saying 'he's no Murrow, he's Stewart, and that's plenty'.

My two cents (as a huge nerd of media and politics, and a Stewart fangirl to boot)? There is a difference between what Jon Stewart normally does on The Daily Show, and what he did on December 16th. 9/11 is an issue that has been extremely sensitive to Jon Stewart, and so his sense of obligation to defend the people who defended New York that day (and dealt with Ground Zero onward) hugely played into this whole deal. When Jon Stewart normally campaigns for things, he does it on his free time (like "The Evening of Too Many Stars" autism charity benefit, for instance). I feel like media analysts keep getting him wrong, by lumping in his political views, his criticism and what The Daily Show does.

Jon Stewart may be the most brilliant political analyst of our time. He really is very, very bright at what he does. But what he does is not journalism; he analyzes political waves and the media that covers them, and in rare occasions like December 16th, he lobbies. Neither of these things are investigative journalism. The Daily Show is not a show of breaking news, but a satiric commentary on the 24-hour news networks. It's, quite simply, infotainment. You don't watch The Daily Show to hear about their latest discovery; you watch it to get its perspective on the big stories of the day/week/month. I keep gaping at respectable news outlets getting this simple distinction wrong, whether knowingly or mistakenly.

It's hard for the media to give Jon Stewart the benefit of the doubt. He repeatedly insists that he hosts a fake news show in a channel championing ridiculous comedy, and he self-deprecatingly refuses to acknowledge that he is an extremely intelligent man who is well-spoken and wields great cultural and political power. But the thing is, Jon Stewart knows not to blow his horns. In a field full of people with huge egos and horrible cases of narcissism, he keeps a low profile and talks humbly of his own successes. I'm sure he celebrated when he heard of the passing of the 9/11 bill, but he's not about to brag about it to Brian Williams in Nightly News, for instance. Other journalists seem to take it as a sign of cowardliness, but it really is just a sign of levelheadedness. Jon Stewart is a reasonable man.

And by the way? I thought the 12/16 show was incredibly touching. My god. At least one of those men was dying, for crying out loud. How much more human than this can you get.
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: I promised I wouldn't cry!)
First of all, happy 2011 everyone! We're into the second decade of the 21st century, and the world still hasn't ended. Can someone tell that to all the nutcases littering Port Authority?

Secondly, I've been wanting to write this entry for a while now. Well, I also wanted to write a sum of 2010 entry too, but then life happened and I didn't have time or energy. Bah, humbug.

Anyhow. So, as I'm sure most of my flist knows, In his last show in 2010, Jon Stewart dedicated the entire show to the Zadroga (or 9/11 responders) bill in a carefully orchestrated move. The direct result of this show (and the full month of continuous campaigning Stewart did beforehand) was the passage of the bill in both the House and the Senate in the remaning week of the session. Which, of course, got everyone talking again about Stewart and what The Daily Show actually does. Most notably, the New York Times wrote a full article about Stewart's influence, making him into a 21st century Edward R. Murrow, and NPR chiming in somewhat more sanely (but it was pre-passage, which is important to remember). Then, in a responding article, analyst Andrew Cohen made a very good point by saying 'he's no Murrow, he's Stewart, and that's plenty'.

My two cents (as a huge nerd of media and politics, and a Stewart fangirl to boot)? There is a difference between what Jon Stewart normally does on The Daily Show, and what he did on December 16th. 9/11 is an issue that has been extremely sensitive to Jon Stewart, and so his sense of obligation to defend the people who defended New York that day (and dealt with Ground Zero onward) hugely played into this whole deal. When Jon Stewart normally campaigns for things, he does it on his free time (like "The Evening of Too Many Stars" autism charity benefit, for instance). I feel like media analysts keep getting him wrong, by lumping in his political views, his criticism and what The Daily Show does.

Jon Stewart may be the most brilliant political analyst of our time. He really is very, very bright at what he does. But what he does is not journalism; he analyzes political waves and the media that covers them, and in rare occasions like December 16th, he lobbies. Neither of these things are investigative journalism. The Daily Show is not a show of breaking news, but a satiric commentary on the 24-hour news networks. It's, quite simply, infotainment. You don't watch The Daily Show to hear about their latest discovery; you watch it to get its perspective on the big stories of the day/week/month. I keep gaping at respectable news outlets getting this simple distinction wrong, whether knowingly or mistakenly.

It's hard for the media to give Jon Stewart the benefit of the doubt. He repeatedly insists that he hosts a fake news show in a channel championing ridiculous comedy, and he self-deprecatingly refuses to acknowledge that he is an extremely intelligent man who is well-spoken and wields great cultural and political power. But the thing is, Jon Stewart knows not to blow his horns. In a field full of people with huge egos and horrible cases of narcissism, he keeps a low profile and talks humbly of his own successes. I'm sure he celebrated when he heard of the passing of the 9/11 bill, but he's not about to brag about it to Brian Williams in Nightly News, for instance. Other journalists seem to take it as a sign of cowardliness, but it really is just a sign of levelheadedness. Jon Stewart is a reasonable man.

And by the way? I thought the 12/16 show was incredibly touching. My god. At least one of those men was dying, for crying out loud. How much more human than this can you get.
loony_moony: (Small things make me happy)
HAPPY FIRST CANDLE, YOU GUYS. :D



I wanna talk for a moment about the significance of Hanukkah for me personally.

I know I come off as super-Jewish in here, but I'm actually mostly Jewish by heritage and ethnicity, and it's an incredibly potent presence in my life and in my own sense of self. I don't believe in god, and I don't follow Jewish customs (like keeping Kosher or praying). I am spiritual, but it's non-denominational.

I do, however, observe Hanukkah and have been doing so my entire life.

To me, Hanukkah doesn't represent some obscure historic event, or a national victory of any kind. To me, Hanukkah represents hope. I observe it, because to me, the lights of the Menorah symbolize good memories, good times and a good future yet to come. When I light the candles, I don't see them as light vanquishing darkness, but rather as light bringing comfort in darkness. It's there to be my companion, when life scares and overwhelms me.

Hanukkah comes at a bleak time of the year. The nights are getting long, and the days are gray. But when I see Menorahs at people's windows, it reminds me of the light within me. I know this is a really sappy thing to say, but I like that thought. I like that I have a small light within me, finding a brother or a sister when I light the Menorah candles in the darkness. I like that I get to be genuinely thankful for all the things that brought me to where I am now, even if I'm an unfinished product; things like family, ancestry, friends, studies, joy and sorrow. This is my private moment of thanks. I think Christians would call this "grace".

So this is why I love this holiday, people.

Happy Hanukkah. :) ♥


(Here, have some Jon Stewart.)
loony_moony: (Small things make me happy)
HAPPY FIRST CANDLE, YOU GUYS. :D



I wanna talk for a moment about the significance of Hanukkah for me personally.

I know I come off as super-Jewish in here, but I'm actually mostly Jewish by heritage and ethnicity, and it's an incredibly potent presence in my life and in my own sense of self. I don't believe in god, and I don't follow Jewish customs (like keeping Kosher or praying). I am spiritual, but it's non-denominational.

I do, however, observe Hanukkah and have been doing so my entire life.

To me, Hanukkah doesn't represent some obscure historic event, or a national victory of any kind. To me, Hanukkah represents hope. I observe it, because to me, the lights of the Menorah symbolize good memories, good times and a good future yet to come. When I light the candles, I don't see them as light vanquishing darkness, but rather as light bringing comfort in darkness. It's there to be my companion, when life scares and overwhelms me.

Hanukkah comes at a bleak time of the year. The nights are getting long, and the days are gray. But when I see Menorahs at people's windows, it reminds me of the light within me. I know this is a really sappy thing to say, but I like that thought. I like that I have a small light within me, finding a brother or a sister when I light the Menorah candles in the darkness. I like that I get to be genuinely thankful for all the things that brought me to where I am now, even if I'm an unfinished product; things like family, ancestry, friends, studies, joy and sorrow. This is my private moment of thanks. I think Christians would call this "grace".

So this is why I love this holiday, people.

Happy Hanukkah. :) ♥


(Here, have some Jon Stewart.)
loony_moony: (HP: Senor Draco!)
OH, SUPERNATURAL. NEVER STOP BEING AS LULZY AS YOUR FANDOM.

I would like, with your permission, to show Exhibit A



"A" obviously stands for Amazingly Shopped. Or possibly Amorally Tempered With. Or just maybe Angelically Devilish(ly Photoshopped OH MY GOD CW WHO IS SELLING YOU CRACK).

And this is what the good fangirls of SPNP did with this image )


OH, SHOW. STAY SUBTLE ALWAYS.

MORE PICS HERE!
loony_moony: (HP: Senor Draco!)
OH, SUPERNATURAL. NEVER STOP BEING AS LULZY AS YOUR FANDOM.

I would like, with your permission, to show Exhibit A



"A" obviously stands for Amazingly Shopped. Or possibly Amorally Tempered With. Or just maybe Angelically Devilish(ly Photoshopped OH MY GOD CW WHO IS SELLING YOU CRACK).

And this is what the good fangirls of SPNP did with this image )


OH, SHOW. STAY SUBTLE ALWAYS.

MORE PICS HERE!
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: This is my STFU face)
They've totally been planning this since Gibbs said Obama would go on TDS, didn't they. I love it when Obama gets snappity, and Jon gets snappity back. It's like the only two intelligent men interested in politics talking.

Needs moar Rachel Maddow next time plz
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: This is my STFU face)
They've totally been planning this since Gibbs said Obama would go on TDS, didn't they. I love it when Obama gets snappity, and Jon gets snappity back. It's like the only two intelligent men interested in politics talking.

Needs moar Rachel Maddow next time plz
loony_moony: (TB: God hates fangs)
Tomorrow I can bitch about how "The Hobbit" will be filmed in 3D.

1. Tim Gunn makes a PSA for 'It Gets Better', talks about his own suicide attempt as a gay teen.

Oh, Tim Gunn. ♥ The love I have for you. Moreover, if you go down the comments section, someone embedded a Larry King video where he hosts a forum of gay celebs and icons (Gunn among them), talking about the recent escalation in anti-gay bullying and the suicides.

2. The Jewish Standard drops same-sex wedding notifications in its weddings section, to the outrage of many readers.

I'm not a reader of this paper, but let me tell you, if someone rants at you in Yiddisch about your homophobia and discrimination, you should listen.

3. Horrifying homophobic newspaper cover in Uganda leaks names of '100 top homos', tells to hang them.

File that under "monsters! not just at your neighborhood!". Tip of the iceberg, I'm sure.

4. Spirit Day

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.




Oy vey, people. Oy vey.
loony_moony: (TB: God hates fangs)
Tomorrow I can bitch about how "The Hobbit" will be filmed in 3D.

1. Tim Gunn makes a PSA for 'It Gets Better', talks about his own suicide attempt as a gay teen.

Oh, Tim Gunn. ♥ The love I have for you. Moreover, if you go down the comments section, someone embedded a Larry King video where he hosts a forum of gay celebs and icons (Gunn among them), talking about the recent escalation in anti-gay bullying and the suicides.

2. The Jewish Standard drops same-sex wedding notifications in its weddings section, to the outrage of many readers.

I'm not a reader of this paper, but let me tell you, if someone rants at you in Yiddisch about your homophobia and discrimination, you should listen.

3. Horrifying homophobic newspaper cover in Uganda leaks names of '100 top homos', tells to hang them.

File that under "monsters! not just at your neighborhood!". Tip of the iceberg, I'm sure.

4. Spirit Day

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.




Oy vey, people. Oy vey.
loony_moony: (SPN: This is Dean my sociopathic brother)
Two spoilery reactions:

1. What she said. She whose face I hate.

2. I just came back from a rock concert, so you'll have to forgive my scattermindedness )
loony_moony: (SPN: This is Dean my sociopathic brother)
Two spoilery reactions:

1. What she said. She whose face I hate.

2. I just came back from a rock concert, so you'll have to forgive my scattermindedness )

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