Since I took last weekend off to write a review of Uncharted 4, which you should go read, I’ve accumulated a gigantic load of links for your perusal. Let’s dive in, shall we?
- Over at Birth Movies Death, Film Crit Hulk writes about new media and the future of TV. He likens let’s plays and gaming comedy shows like Monster Factory to Mystery Science Theater 3000 – a show that transformed existing work into something different and entertaining. Personally, I think the Internet and streaming video are where the media landscape is headed. YouTube personalities are the TV stars of the younger generation. Less and less of my media diet is coming from network television, and more and more of it is coming from places like Netflix, Rooster Teeth, and Loading Ready Run.
- At their blog, Ozy Frantz writes about literary criticism. They distinguish between criticism that examines the structure of a text and the patterns contained within (e.g. TVTropes), and criticism that attempts to interpret the text or view it through a certain lens. I’m not sure I’d draw as sharp a distinction at they do, and I put quite a bit more stock in authorial intent, but Frantz is right to point out that the latter isn’t really empiricism, and we would do well to treat it is a creative endeavour in and of itself.
- Alex Hern of The Guardian writes about how companies abuse copyright law to censor negative opinions. He tells the story of how an incompetent London-based building firm, BuildTeam, tried to get a forum thread on Mumsnet that was critical of them taken down. Go fuck yourselves, BuildTeam.
- Myles McNutt of the A.V. Club writes about how networks frequently air sitcom episodes out of order in a misguided attempt to lure viewers in with stronger or more accessible episodes. In my opinion, this kind of fiddling with the airing order by networks shows a complete lack of respect for the source material. ABC is particularly egregious about this, fucking around with the airing orders of Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and Better Off Ted to the point that continuity went completely out the window. Such fiddling is much less common on Internet streaming platforms, so expect the continuity-obsessed to keep jumping ship for the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime if this shit continues.
- Over at the CBC Radio website for Nora Young’s Spark show, there’s an explanation for why signs and alerts are moving away from using all-caps to using mixed-case. All-caps made sense in the era of the typewriter, but nowadays it makes much more sense to use the more readable mixed-case.
- Claire Marie Healy of Dazed writes about 1970s sukeban girls in Japan. It’s an interesting look at a subculture one doesn’t hear much about.
- This one ‘s been making the rounds of the Internet. At their personal blog, Anne Amnesia writes about the “unnecessariat,” the rural poor who have been left behind by the rapidly-changing global economy. It’s a fascinating, powerful read.
- At his personal blog, Zennistrad writes about the relationship between violence and agency in Undertale and Iji. In particular, both these games recognize pacifism as an explicit choice with narrative consequences, not just a challenge that one undertakes for a Steam achievement.
- Finally, have you ever wondered why roller coaster loops aren’t perfectly circular? Nicky Berry of Gizmodo has the answer. I hope you remember your high school physics classes!
Whew, that was a lot of words. Fewer words next week, probably.