Something is going on with the Internet, and, once again, it's fun, but maybe not that fun. There's a rash of actually quite cool new "products"—services, websites, "apps" (sigh)—and they have a lot in common. From our pals at Branch to things like Medium and Svbtle (oh that name) and on back to Pinterest, and then forward to a few other projects in development, well… there's a visual language going on, for one thing, and it's like John Herrman writes: It's an internet where every blog is Daring Fireball, where every post looks like Instapaper, where every discussion is led by its rightful leaders, and where [...]
Megs alerts us to the current plight of Timmy from Jurassic Park, who is now hot. And in his mid-20s. And in that The Pacific show we're not watching. Sady Doyle notes that this is Joseph Gordon-Levitt Syndrome, which goes something like "first you're like awww, then you're like huh, then you're like WHAAAAAT." THE MORE YOU KNOW.
The August issue of Seventeen (don't ask) has a particularly juicy "LIES He Tells You Straight To Your Face" column! This is an interesting editorial component. Is it… service? Is it fear-mongering exploitation? Somewhere in the middle? Mostly I can't decide which of these two boys sound more evil. (Who am I kidding, THE CAT LIAR. SOMEONE THROW HIM OFF A BRIDGE IN A BURLAP SACK.) I am just so glad this kind of editorial didn't exist when I was a teen—if I'd know the truth about humans, I don't know if I would have ever left the house or spoken to anyone. (Though I guess it's reassuring that [...]
"Has there ever been a better moment for tween girls?" asked Ada Calhoun in the L.A. Times last week, pointing to the cultural ascendancy of Disney and Nickelodeon robots Hannah Montana, Taylor Swift, iCarly and Selena Gomez. Then fans of American Idol watched as an army of twexters voted for dreamy over Didi. ("America is a teenage girl," lamented TV blogger Richard Lawson.) So strong is the spirit of this young generation that even the women of my own just-older cohort have sought its approval, offering up recycled heirlooms from our own childhoods like so many olive branches. Just hitting bookstores is The Summer Before, [...]
Score another one for the fun-loving boys of College Humor; now the Washington Post covers their stealth/fun campaign to make the infamous "Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt" the best-selling thing on Amazon. Their next project, we hear: a grassroots, Internet-based movement reforming parental abortion notification laws in Midwestern states. Oh no, wait, sorry, this just in-actually they're going to hit the beach and pound some brews. Rock!