Unsurprisingly, political conventions are apparently very boring places.
- Adbusters has a short examination of
hipsters as a demographic. It calls the movement "the end of Western
civilization - a culture lost in the superficiality of the past and
unable to create any new meaning." Ouch.
mythology of Guns 'n Roses, excerpted.
Futility of Flogging Your Own Music to People You Don't Know Very
Well - Theoretically about the difficulties of selling music in a
post-filesharing world, it's just as much about what music is "worth,"
what we value, and why people should play in the first place.
- Before I left for the convention, and now that I'm back, I was
playing Mass Effect--which, you may remember had a short-lived
media scuffle over an optional sex scene. I don't have a problem with
that. There's no reason that the storyline shouldn't have romantic
elements--or indeed, that they shouldn't be preferable to, say, the
tedious vehicle segments of the game. What I do find
objectionable is the terrible way in which it leads up to said romance.
There's nothing enjoyable about stiff, awkward flirting that takes place
only during the designated between-mission dialogs, and vanishes during
actual gameplay. It's the bloodless digital equivalent of watching
You've Got Mail, except you're forced to direct. Less of this,
- Audio Technology magazine (which I've never heard of--they're
Australian) visited the Behringer factory in China and produced a short,
thoughtfully-narrated video tour of
their experiences. Behringer, as most musicians know, is primarily
famous for their tendency to blatantly rip off designs from other
companies, to the point that they were sued by Mackie (Behringer settled
out of court). The magazine is cautiously impressed by the facility.
Perhaps its ambiguity is best summed up by the author after speaking
with the company founder about their mission:
"It's all about feature sets and value-for-money propositions. There is
no Behringer sound, nothing in the Behringer DNA that makes it
different. There never has been. ... It's all about putting
professionally featured products into the hands of people who previously
had no ability to afford it."
- I am aware of all your Internet traditions: John McCain gets
Barackrolled. When I saw the blue/green backgrounds they'd put
behind his speech, I knew it was only a matter of time before someone
did something like this.
- Gregg Easterbrook
reviews Tom Friedman. Good move, Slate. Get a man who knows nothing
about science to review a book about climate change by a man who knows
nothing about anything. It's the event horizon of journalistic
stupidity, beyond which there is only the unblinking eye of