“Media literacy is imagined to be empowering, enabling individuals to have agency and giving them the tools to help create a democratic society. But fundamentally, it is a form of critical thinking that asks people to doubt what they see. And that makes me nervous.” I’m not sure I draw the same conclusion; healthy cynicism doesn’t mean doubting everything one sees. But media literacy, or critical thinking in general, should never be confined to the absolute binary of ‘true’ or ‘false’. Context is key, as are layers of meaning, particularly as propaganda gets more savvy and sophisticated.
One more thing: missed the Boaters at the door during the week but had our first Yes canvassers yesterday, lovely people
I was going to do a summary of what I would’ve tweeted but the only thing I can remember now is “It’s ‘laurel’”
Back on Twitter after a week away (bar an important DM) and I didn’t miss it as much as expected
The new Parquet Courts is out today, and it reminds me of the Minutemen more than anything else I’ve heard from them. Not that it sounds like the Minutemen in any specific way. (And not this particular song, which owes more to the Big Boys than anything else.)
I dig Power Trip and Iron Reagan; I can dig this. (Also, maybe it’s something peculiar about the metal features on Bandcamp Daily, but they tend to get way more than average social media shares and comments, the latter of which are often along the lines of ‘you forgot Band X!’. I want to look at that as a positive sign of the genre’s health; that there are more artists doing things that excite listeners than what will fit in a given article.)
Here’s an excellent interactive tutorial on the basics of how sound works. [c/o Infovore]
I did not expect this story to go where it went. [c/o Noticing]
These all look delicious, which is why I’m saving this here, but more than an hour to prep and cook does not an ‘easy midweek meal’ make.
Which is weird, as there’s an awful lot of good journalism being done about wrestling. Mind you, it’s not really being done by the likes of Dave Meltzer. There’s another question beyond this piece: about wrestling dirtsheets as a branch of entertainment journalism, not sports, and their closer relation to the kind of access and relationships between writers and PR in music and film. But I’d say the same about wrestling as I’d say about issues of potential compromise and conflict of interest in mainstream entertainment: ‘access journalism’ only gets you so far. Look how much it’s ruined political journalism in the US, after all.
The Sage of Pedro keeps it real for surf-turned-culture zine What Youth.
Consider this a supplement to my previous link on PSF Records.
Jealous of everyone at the cricket today. Have to get tickets for next month’s T20, so
Ah, the old ‘sun shines on the cabinet up the road, @eircare broadband goes down’ carousel starts again!
This Bandcamp feature on Louisville bands reminded me I’ve got a National Acrobat CD in my old room somewhere https://t.co/5xUzMYd2st
Thread on the inability to report inappropriate ads on YouTube, which has been the case forever, much to @BeeBonthuys's chagrin https://t.co/lc4y5z5HLk
I feckin’ knew Syfy, the network that cancels everything good, would cancel The Expanse
I did this on Erik's suggestion; worth it for the first 2 tracks I streamed alone, and now I've got 34 other releases to dig into https://t.co/yFgfenQzui
That's a hell of a bill. But I'm too damn old for standing on the floor. If anyone's getting a block of seats, nudge nudge https://t.co/LQruhxeepl
Night of the Creeps is great and all, but Fred Dekker also did RoboCop 3
So why is the Irish press screening on the morning of the day it opens? https://t.co/5CCATolaAD
Playing Gina G and Culture Club at what sounds like a school sports day, in 2018, would be like if they played the Beatles at mine
Here’s a damning indictment of the smug, self-absorbed, ignorant parasitism of libertarian ideology as professed by the odious likes of Peter Thiel, Elon Musk et al. It’s a tad overwritten (self-indulgent meta-analysis and all) but worth the read nonetheless.
I will admit, my primary reaction to Ready Player One was how lacking in imagination the whole thing was. (All those references to leech from, and the best you can come up with includes planets where a single common-or-garden game arcade is repeated in identical instances covering the surface? Really?) But that’s my privilege showing. Everything here is on point.
It’s one of the world’s great ironies that the band Toto wasn’t started by former members of Kansas
I’m that fantasy baseball guy with Clayton Kershaw on my roster and expecting my season to go down the bog from here on in http://bit.ly/2FUglza
Mike Watt: gave me 90 minutes of his time, getting more real than expected, while he cooked tilapia for lunch https://t.co/BZPWWweydx
Any chance of a Jushin Thunder Liger Pop! in the near future? https://t.co/MR90OZMlqH
A sobering contrast to my previous link.
My first MetaFilter FPP, after 13-plus years as a member, on Dan Hill’s visit to two especially interesting houses in Tokyo.
I tried to make up for not watching any films in the first two weeks of April by watching seven over the latter half. And five of them involved actual trips to the cinema: one a press screening in Dublin, one at the fleapit down the road, one in the basement of the local arts centre (a regional screening as part of the Japanese Film Festival), and a double-bill at the IFI. My pick of the month is one I won’t be reviewing till later in May, but my thoughts on the rest are below. More…
Laughing at everyone running for the exits after the Backlash main event. What was WWE thinking running a B show till 11.30pm on a Sunday?
It makes perfect sense when cyclists as a demographic aren't seriously represented in Leinster House https://t.co/YyYsfJIELr
Fell asleep (and put a crick in my neck) just one match into Backlash, so catching up on the rest now. It’s what bank holidays are for
I would quibble with pith as a ‘perfectly normal food’ (if you’re not avoiding the pith when you eat citrus, you’re doing it wrong). Other than that, this mostly leaves me thinking about how much my palate has changed over the last few years. Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was That Guy who lived on starch and didn’t touch fruit or veg; I still don’t really eat fruit (it’s a texture and tartness thing for me) but I’m game for most vegetables now, provided they’re properly prepared and in the right combinations. (For instance, raw tomato is not appealing — but slice it, salt it, put it in a sandwich or on a burger? I’m good.)
I’ve been a member of MetaFilter for more than 13 years and I just made my first FPP
This is a good thread. Wish I could contribute but in the few proper interviews I've done, people have only been nice to me https://t.co/GrnB53PWXj
The correct decision was made here, even if I and many others would have made it sooner https://t.co/kbl90AR8O2
Taka Kigawa in Drogheda this evening was wonderful stuff
The sun might have hidden away but I’m still spinning Guerilla Toss
“Burn that letter.” What would you wager that this still happens today? https://t.co/A2hxSaPhkC
These sound delicious, but imagining the texture gives me the creeps. Can you juice them or something? https://t.co/wT857OtwS9
Machine learning, unconstrained from the memes or tropes or expectations of human empirical understanding, produces what can best be appreciated as accidental art as it strives to compute a formula for the human mind. If you want to put it in a philosophical way, like. This also reminds me of something I read last year on the phenomenon of Afghan war rugs, and how the iconography divorced from context results in a similar semiotic clash — yet one produced by human beings, not computers. (I couldn’t find the source for that, but Phil Gyford just blogged about it. Serendipity!)
So you’re being held hostage by propagandists. Got it https://t.co/veHMPc7lsH
If anyone on the account misrepresents themselves, then remove them. This is a simple decision to make https://t.co/Cf0bRMXRAr
This result does not please me https://t.co/fE26ByNOB4
‘The repairs are part of the fun’ smacks of desperation to love what amounts to €70 for some sensors and a stack of flimsy cardboard https://t.co/DOunwkKAyK