Zombie movies are going to be popular as long as dudes fantasize about being in a situation where the most valuable possible trait is the capacity for heteromasculine violence and sociopathy towards the diseased and weak.A friend convinced me to check out The Walking Dead so I got about 5 episodes deep before having terrifying violent, gruesome nightmares. I decided right then and there that zombies are hands down THE worst fantasy/post-apocalyptic concept of all time and I am so fucking done with it forever. The above comment really nails a big aspect of what’s so gross about it. There are better ways to explore how people might behave in a catastrophic civilizational collapse, ways that better challenge the notion that sociopathic violence is the inevitable and natural outcome. See: the 2008 BBC show Survivors, about the aftermath of a flu pandemic that wipes out 90% of the world’s population, for one. That show explores figuring out how to live in a post apocalyptic landscape riddled with disease and immanent food shortages in a way that is a million times more sophisticated and thoughtful than the best zombie film ever made. The diversity of reactions is so much richer and more believable and sociopathy is explored in a way that doesn’t glorify it.
Actually, in fairness to the Walking Dead, the show (especially in the later seasons) explores whether someone dominated by “heteromasculine violence and sociopathy towards the diseased and weak” is really any different from a zombie…
At the heart of the dilemma are expectations — on the part of students, parents, and citizens — that are wildly unrealistic. Graduating from university should not be seen as ticket to a good job, or even to a job. However, this is often how a degree is advertised to teenagers by high schools, universities, and family members.
From an editorial written by a *tenured* prof at York, who in no way acknowledges that for his generation post-secondary education was precisely a guarantee of a good job. #NODADS
Takes way too long to get to the Riff Raff verse, but holy shit check out his kit: sideways snowboard goggles, untied checkered flag tie and a Bart Simpson shirt. #SWAG
RiFF RAFF & TKO CAPONE - FiRST COME (by JodyHighRoller)
Some thoughts on Chicago, jotted down before having a post-flight shower, but after a post-flight nap:
1. Deep dish pizza is good, but not great.
2. Everything is at least 30 minutes away from everything else.
3. The architecture lives up to the hype.
4. A city with a five-story Burberry store should not have homeless people on every corner.
5. Fuck yeah free wifi everywhere and cheap booze.
I’ve had it with this shit from people who should know better.
postedwarned back in January)
Oh, for fuck’s sake. Who cares!? I am really sick and tired of dipshits on the internet who can’t keep their egos in check. How about you just be happy that someone somewhere is enjoying something you made. Why does it matter if that someone knows that precious little unique-as-a-freshly-fallen-snowflake and just oh so creative *you* made it? The internet is not your personal attribution machine, and if you’re only making stuff to boost your personal brand or whatever you should probably stop.
The belief a ‘generational cohort’ eg “millennials” are somehow qualitatively different from previous generations at a similar stage in their lives.
If you believe this, I reckon you are more likely to look for psychological explanations of their behaviour - i.e. more of them are staying at home because they are lazy or dependent, more of them are taking short-term jobs because they are uniquely adaptive, etc.
On the other hand, if you believe that young people are NOT inherently different from any previous group of young people - i.e. that apparent attitudinal differences are basically a function of age, not ‘generation’, then you’re left looking for material reasons for behaviour change, and have to start thinking uncomfortable thoughts about eg. the economy, job prospects, the choices made by people now in their 40s and above, the structural differences and power relations WITHIN a generational cohort.
I reckon this is one hidden effect of the widespread acceptance of generational segments and stereotypes, eg the easy belief that the word “millennials” is useful - it pushes people towards psychological, not material thinking.
Inspired by this gross advertising campaign: http://bbwgetsyouahead.com/
We are what we tweet: The Problem with a Big Data World when Everything You Say is Data Mined // Culture Digitally
So a thing I co-wrote with some colleagues from grad school got published today…