Pop Culture

Taylor Swift Knows You, The Internet, Exist: Links You Need To See

Taylor Swift has destroyed the Internet today, thanks to a photo of her wearing a shirt that says “no its becky” across its chest. This photo wouldn’t be a bigger deal than any other candid of T-Swift, but this time she was fully acknowledging a Swiftian meme that had already been making waves on Tumblr. This is like that time Chuck Norris read Chuck Norris Facts, only with somebody way more famous and with fans who aren’t your dad or your friends from IRC. It’s a strange thing when celebrity collides with or acknowledges its own fandom, like a TV becoming sentient and looking in on itself, acknowledging all of the parts that make up its whole. … Read More

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50 Cultural Icons on What They Were Like as Teenagers

It’s hard out there for a teenager. It’s even kind of hard out there for those of us who used to be teenagers — especially in these back-to-school months, when the nostalgia comes creeping up like those floods we used to wear and never, ever should again. But you know who was probably even stranger than you in high school? Your favorite cultural icon. Or maybe not — as is only to be expected, some had joyful (and/or prank-filled) teenage years, some suffered tragedies, some were completely weird, some were popular, and some deserve our respect for even getting through. Click through to read 50 cultural icons on their teenage… Read More

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Miley Cyrus Has a New Look: Links You Need to See

It’s midday. You’re tired, I’m tired, let’s stop pretending we’re not after the same things: let’s talk about useless shit related to celebrities. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve… Read More

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Rudy Giuliani Defends ‘Call of Duty': Links You Need To See

Today’s been a strange day for news. Rudy Giuliani is serving as co-counsel on a suit filed by Manuel Noriega – former dictator of Panama (who’s currently in prison for, you know, murder). His suit asserts that his depiction in Call of Duty: Black Ops is a “blatant misuse” of his image, and, according to PC Gamer, he’s offended by his portrayal “as an antagonist and… as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes.” I definitely recommend watching the video (viewable at PC Gamer) in which Giuliani haughtily defends the “good American company” that made Call of Duty. … Read More

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Tavi Covers Reinvented Nylon Magazine

Nylon is a magazine that’s happily in flux. Their new Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Lee, (who has filled the seat of… Read More

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8 Fascinating Secret Societies and Bohemian Clubs

Prolific author, muckraking novelist, and political activist Upton Sinclair’s provocative works (The Jungle, The Brass Check) have taken on a new relevance in today’s society. This weekend marked the enduring author’s birthday. Time once called Sinclair “a man with every gift except humor and silence,” but he must have had a penchant for the comical when he joined a bohemian group known as “The Dill Pickle Club.” This was only one of countless historical clubs and secret societies that played host to freethinking discussions, art and literature appreciation, or just plain weird goings-on. Most people have heard of groups like the Skull and Bones Society‎, but see what you make of these other fascinating… Read More

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Iggy Azalea, Andrew WK, and the Paradox of Authenticity in Pop Music

The question of authenticity in music is one of those debates that surfaces periodically, and it’s raised its scaly head a few times this week. Most notably, it’s manifested in two places: in Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves’ Basilica Soundscape talk on Andrew WK and Lana Del Rey, and the differing standards of authenticity to which she claims they’re held; and in the fact that someone at Billboard thought it was a great idea to get Robert Christgau to review Iggy Azalea’s New Classic, a review in which he compares her to the Beatles, suggests that Tupac’s “flow was never world class,” and holds forth on how Azalea’s authenticity, or lack thereof, matters not a jot. So, who’s right? Do we care about authenticity anymore? The answer, I’d argue, isn’t as simple as either Graves or Christgau wants to argue. … Read More

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Find Out What Kim Cattrall, Gloria Steinem, and President Taft Have in Common: Links You Need to See

You know how people who quote Family Guy all the time kind of… suck? And have become an actual genre of people who suck? Because Family Guy is only ever quoting other things? And people who quote it are thus only ever regurgitating regurgitation, creating such a bilious verbal mess as to make you wish Family Guy never existed, which perhaps Family Guy doesn’t deserve? Well, I’d hate to think such a thing could happen with so dear a show as Arrested Development, and yet here I am, posting this link with quotable Arrested Development moments, because secretly, I want to be loved. So love me, love these quotes, but just don’t abuse them. Otherwise, you know, “you can say goodbye to these.” … Read More

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