• Rogue One is a great addition to the Star Wars universe because it takes a glaringly stupid plot mechanism—the exhaust port vulnerability in the Death Star—and attributes it to an architect’s sabotage.
  • Nation states have been attacking each other electronically for a decade or more. Historians will eventually give it a name and a start and end date
  • Since launching 10 years ago, Wattpad has become a popular place for budding writers to cultivate their voices online — a space where they can post and receive feedback on self-published stories. Now the Canadian app is hoping to bring these stories to another medium: television.
  • For half a decade on the platform, I have been micromanaged by strangers and neo-Nazis have mined my personal life for vulnerabilities to exploit I deactivated my Twitter account today.
  • The term “fascism” has been thrown around left circles for decades as a proxy for authoritarianism, racism, or both.
  • Want to start 2017 off better than 2016? Our humble suggestion: Delete everything! This week we’ll go over how to ditch almost every aspect of your online life, from Twitter to Instagram to Gmail. Today: Burn down the house that Mark Zuckerberg built. Hoo, boy.
  • Following Donald Trump’s election, the media tried to identify several indicators for why he won. Was it the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic? Poor health outcomes? The economy?
  • In 1992, a magnetic young Democrat swept aside twelve years of unbroken Republican rule by campaigning on a platform that seemed to cross the old left-right divide.
  • Jarrow was the first and only person to rec me something on my  [email protected]email alias which is set up so folks can point me in the direction of interesting things that are below my limited radar.
  • Start simple. These are bare-minimum security requirements for anyone using modern communications tools. • Update all of your software as soon as new versions become available on your phone and computer (including your browser). Turn on automatic updates.
  • Fatty foods such as cheese, butter, and cream are often considered culprits of heart disease – but according to a new study, a diet high in saturated fat could in fact bring significant health benefits.
  • Beyoncé’s Lemonade is a 56-minute film composed of twelve music videos with interludes comprised of spoken-word poetry, concrete sound, and visual tableaux.
  • By Lisa Perrott, Holly Rogers, and Carol Vernallis. Beyoncé calls Lemonade a “visual album.
  • Learn how to use a series of photos and frame animation to create an animated GIF. (Try it, 4 min) In this tutorial, you'll learn how to turn a series of photos into a looping animated GIF using Photoshop.
  • Continuing our series of excerpts from the Ant Farm 1968 - 1978 exhibition catalog, we present this essay by Pacific Film Archive video curator Steve Seid. See also Constance Lewallen’s Introduction to Ant Farm and Michael Sorkin’s Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll, Cars, Dolphins, and Architecture.
  • She's been a suffragist, a soldier and a sex symbol. But it took 75 years to bring the world's most famous female superhero to the big screen. Why we need Wonder Woman now. It was supposed to be a photo-op.
  • Liked on Vimeo: Fembot in a Red Dress This video essay examines the cultural trope of the “lady in red” as it evolved from the genre of film noir to science fiction and from the human to the artificial female in a variety of film and television texts. It was developed during the NEH Video Criticism Workshop on Scholarship in Sound & Image at Middlebury College in 2015 and is featured with commentary on [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, Issue 2.4, January 2016 (http://ift.tt/1S0bkst)
  • Liked on Vimeo: HBO | The Rise of TV as Film Not a single name has had more of an impact on an artistic medium than HBO. When their first programs aired, TV had never quite been cinematic. The medium was a step down from film; it was melodrama to be broadcast to the masses. Fast forward nearly two decades (and 174 HBO programs) to now and TV is telling stories leaps and bounds more imaginative and ambitious than most films today. Enjoy this ride through their growth from a scrappy young network to one that changed the game forever. This is my last work as a tribute editor. I am focusing fully on my narrative filmmaking and achieving success telling my own stories — but I had a hell of a time doing these. Thank you for watching and supporting my work. SONGS USED — 
“Infinity Guitars“ by Sleigh Bells (GIRLS) “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey (THE SOPRANOS)
 “Fresh Blood” by Eels (THE JINX) 
“Heroes” by Scala & Kolacny Brothers (BALLERS) 
“I Don’t Care” by Icona Pop (GIRLS) COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER — 
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  • Liked on Vimeo: The Place of Voiceover in Academic Audiovisual Film and Television Criticism This essay video appears, with written accompaniment, in the audiovisual essay section of the NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies (Autumn 2016), guest edited by Catherine Grant: http://ift.tt/2gWeSzY
  • years of data on what media is popular on Tumblr (just lists) - an interesting quantitative view of this taste culture

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