Ello: Why Facebook Should Be Worried About a Rudimentary, Incomplete New Social Media Site

Last week, you’d never heard of Ello — but suddenly there are thinkpieces about it everywhere, and someone sent you an invitation just before the invite program got frozen yesterday, and now you’re trying to make sense of the “minimalist” UI and wondering what exactly the fuss is all about. Or maybe you didn’t get an invite, and you’re also, yes, wondering what all the fuss is about. The site seemed to come out of nowhere, and the reason is twofold: first, while Ello’s been taking requests for invitations to its beta program since March, it was only this week that they started issuing those invitations in earnest. And second, it’s pitching itself as an ad-free alternative to the Zuckerbergian business model (its manifesto concludes with the declaration, “You are not a product”). … Read More

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Sarah Silverman Talks Boobs: Links You Need To See

One of Sarah Silverman’s first jobs was passing out fliers at a comedy club in New York, which lasted two years. On her last day, she says, “I was breaking up a fight between some scary gaggle of teenagers drinking 40s who were beating up on the Pluck You chicken… I got punched in the temple and knocked unconscious.” After that, she quit. If you want to read about how she feels about her boobs, you’ll have to read the rest of the interview A.V. Club. … Read More

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Today’s Internet Infinite Regress: Profiling the ‘NYT’ Profile of The Fat Jew

Slowly, The Fat Jew seems to be engulfing the media. While it may sound quite loaded, that statement is neither an antisemitic nor a fat-phobic remark generalizing on the prevalence of Jews in media who avoid the gym (such as myself.) Rather, it’s an introduction to web-(semi)-celeb comedian Josh Ostrovsky, AKA Fabrizio Goldstein, AKA @thefatjewish, AKA Fat Jew, who, as tells the New York Times in their just-published profile, “would prefer that you not call him a fat Jew… but hope[s] millions more people will soon come to know him as ‘The Fat Jew.'” The emphasis on “The” indicates that this is a man – who, like most rising, er, artistes – wants to be notorious. … Read More

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Introducing a Brave New Voice in Journalism: #GAMERGATE, the Website

If you’ve been following the ongoing shitshow that is #gamergate, you’ll know that its proponents are fond of arguing that, no, they have nothing against women, they just want Integrity in Game Journalism. If you’re thinking, “Hey, wait, this might be a bit of a smokescreen,” you’ll be delighted to know that our brave #gamergaters are putting their money where their mouth is with a new publication that’s devoted to providing the sort of hard-hitting quality game journalism that their uncompromising ethical standards demand. Introducing… #GAMERGATE, the website: a new voice in gaming. Behold how journalism should be done. … Read More

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The NFL is Crumbling: Links You Should See

So, a lot of terrible things are happening in the NFL right now. As this helpful piece from CNN breaks down, there are currently six players who have been punished for very recently doing awful things to their loved ones. … Read More

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Mashup of 23 Amateur Youtube Musicians Creates Song Resembling Early-2000’s Brit-Pop

Remember Morcheeba, the British psych-pop band (which actually still exists, in some form or another)? Well, they’re the… Read More

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Brands Are Only Partly To Blame for Dumbass Twitter #Fails

September 11th is a somber day, a moment of national reflection, quiet mourning, and wondering how far we’ve come (if we’ve gone anywhere at all). And, sadly, with each passing year, 9/11 has prompted its own gross traditions: the “tragedy porn” re-airings of that day’s coverage, the can-you-top-this game of “where I was when I found out” Facebook statuses, and, most of all, the yearly competition to see which clueless “brand” can send out the most inappropriate anniversary tweet. This year, dumbass social media managers came through like champs (thanks for the sentiment, Fleshlight!) — and this in the same week as one of the most spectacular corporate Twitter fails in recent memory. So seriously, what do we have to do to get these twits off our Twitter? … Read More

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#GamerGate Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Internet and Video Game Culture

Flavorwire doesn’t cover gaming a great deal, and we’ve deliberately steered clear of the controversies that have been engulfing the world of game journalism of late for the simple reason that we have little inclination to give more publicity to the assclowns who spend their time harassing female writers and game designers. But, in a depressing demonstration that one can never underestimate the awfulness of the Internet, the whole #GamerGate phenomenon has become, well, a phenomenon, one that’s sort of burbled over from the world of gaming and into the world of pop culture generally (shit, even the New Yorker is writing about it). As such, even if you’re not especially interested in video games, it’s worth reading about the whole sorry business, largely because of what it says about the treatment of vocal and/or visible women in the 21st century. … Read More

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Why Do We Care More About CeeLo Green’s Rape Tweets Than the Real Accusations Against Him?

In the ongoing saga of famous men trying to redefine what constitutes rape, CeeLo Green recently detached his jawbone in order to get his foot farther down his own throat. His most salacious tweet was one that reportedly read: “Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” Outlets ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Billboard to The Guardian to BuzzFeed have reported this quote as fact, all pointing to each other and/or this manual MT (modified retweet) from a user instead of a direct screenshot of CeeLo’s deleted tweet (something I haven’t seen turn up yet). Legitimacy of this specific tweet aside, Green undoubtedly offered up a handful of offensive tweets about date rape loosely veiled as dialogue with his fans, apologized for them, deleted them, and went back to mercilessly promoting his new music video all in the last few days. It’s an uncomfortable reality of our digital age, the way off-the-cuff tweets can hurt a celebrity’s reputation even more than a criminal paper trail — one that had been following Green for a little over two years by the time he took to Twitter. … Read More

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