#Culture

Everything Is A Remix is a fascinating (and very well done) 4 part series about how, well, everything is a remix (the title kind of gives the plot away). Part 4 hasn’t been released yet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t jump into the first three now. My personal favourite is number 2, but they are all very entertaining and equally informative.

And then take a further look at what everything else Kirby Ferguson is doing. He might just be one of the top Kirby’s the world has ever known. Although, I am only familiar with two other Kirby’s, Puckett and that video game ghost thing, so maybe the ‘Kirby field’ is a little easier to stand out in then say, the ‘Steve field’.

Occupy Wall Street was always about something much bigger than a movement against big banks and modern finance. It’s about providing a forum for people to show how tired they are not just of Wall Street, but everything. This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become.

- Matt Taibi

One of the best political and current event writers going (well, as far as I’m concerned, he’s the best, but there’s a chance I’m wrong), Matt Taibi chimes in on Occupy Wall Street. He’s also the main reason for still paying attention to Rolling Stone. The quote was pulled from a great Matt Taibi article, but I first found out about it in the also great (and extensive) write-up on Occupy Wall Street that Ian MacKenzie posted, which you should check out.

This is small clip from the new Zeitgeist movie, which you can watch in full over on youtube.

Be warned, it is a long one (2 hrs 40 mins). But at the same time, I think you owe it to your brain to give it a go, even if you have to do it in chunks (or at least watch the first 4 minutes so you can hear a pretty spot on Monopoly analogy). It doesn’t matter how much you agree or disagree with everything that it is in it (and if you have watched the other 2 Zeitgeist movies, you will notice that this one has less of a conspiracy theory fell to it). It’s more important that you just take your head down that path of thought every now and again (although the ending song / montage is a little weak).

If it doesn’t stir up even just a little bit of something inside of you, then maybe you’d make a good banker.

It is possible to be a fan of reality TV, talent shows and bubblegum pop and still have a brain. You will also see that a great many people know perfectly well how silly and camp and trivial their fandom is. They do not check in their minds when they enter a fan site. Judgment is not necessarily fled to brutish beasts, and men have not quite lost their reason. Which is all a way of questioning whether pop-culture hero worship is really so psychically damaging, so erosive of cognitive faculties, so corrupting of the soul of mankind as we are so often told.

The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry (via thechocolatebrigade)

This quote goes well with the book I am reading at the moment, Everything Bad Is Good For You. The main focus on the book is how todays culture is not as dumbed down as we keep getting told it is. In fact, todays culture is substantially smarter, stimulating and more challenging than ever before. My favourite idea from the book is how reality tv, as mindless as it may seem, actually stimulates the social parts of our brain and maybe even sharpens our social skills (like reading facial expressions, following gossipy story lines, and etc.).

Any excuse for me to watch Jersey Shore guilt free is ok by me.

Hall & Oates - Rich Girl

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I was planning on posting my favourite track off of the latest Arcade Fire album. I know I’m a bit behind on that, but I only just sat (laid) down and listened to the whole thing the other night. And it was refreshing to hear yet another example of how digital did not kill off the idea of an ‘album’ (which is what they kept saying would happen if we stopped buying all those CDs).

The internet is not an album killer, it just makes it easier to listen to more of the good ones…

But that train of thought was derailed by The Bird and The Bee’s tribute album to Hall & Oates. The cover album itself hasn’t really hit with me yet, but it did get me digging through the Hall & Oates digital crate. And I started wondering, does the latest boom in Hall & Oates love have anything to do with the latest cultural re-acceptance of moustaches?  

Surely, it must have some effect? But the % of that effect, I don’t think we’ll ever know.

I just know that the proportion of people sporting moustaches now, compared to the people that used to rock that look, feels about the same as the proportion of people who say they like/have always liked Hall & Oates and the people I never heard saying it in the past (during those moustache unfriendly times).