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you suck
why the new civility was doomed from the start
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
4.1.11 • CLASSIC

You suck. You're terrible. Everything you know is wrong. And possibly also evil, but definitely stupid. You take the world way too seriously. What you care about is trivial and superficial. You believe everything you hear and read except those things which are true and unbiased. In fact, you blindly accept as fact a whole bunch of lies and propaganda generated by sources who have in mind only the best interests of the worst kind of people. Now as for me, let's get one thing perfectly clear.

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the you show, starring you
where new graduates are going from here
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
5.4.09 • CLASSIC

School’s almost out. If you’re graduating, from high school or college or grad school, you’re going to feel a strong obligation to get sentimental. Resist. But! But! You say. This is the last time we’ll X! Never again will we Y! OMG I can’t believe a month from now we all won’t be here in this room learning/eating/drinking/smoking/mocking/dodging Z! Resist. Rise above. Don’t give in to the urge to get weepy about the olden golden days of three-and-a-half months ago. Your friends and paren

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famous at five
there's really no such thing as an adult prodigy
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: pop culture
10.8.10 • CLASSIC

So, I was in the subway on Thursday and there was an 8-year-old kid playing Mozart's "Rondo ala Turk" at a very, very fast pace. This is actually a piece I played years ago, as well, only I was in junior high and played it much slower. Much, much slower. The kid's a prodigy. Or a savant. But I choose to go with prodigy. It happens. Check out the story of Emily Bear, a 6-year-old who plays just masterful piano. She's really good. And just 3 years older than my niece, who's still getting timeouts

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tv wrongs and rights
a spring roundup of dolls, teens, and love gods
by michelle von euw
topic: pop culture
4.8.09 • CLASSIC

After watching yet another lackluster episode of “Dollhouse,” a show I've stuck with only because of banked goodwill by Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku, and anyone even tangentially involved with “Battlestar Galactica” (in this case, Tahmoh Penikett), I suddenly realized why it is destined to fail. We don’t like our dramatic main characters stupid. Sidekicks can be silly. Comedic leads can be goofy, or oblivious, or clueless. Love interests can be vapid, and there’s always the airhead blonde ste

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poker face
lady gaga's image control
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
8.6.10 • CLASSIC

A few months ago I wrote a hilarious column about the ways in which women inadvertently make themselves less attractive to the very men they are attempting to attract. And it got me thinking about appearances and superficiality and celebrity culture. And even though my column was about ugly girls and not ugly guys, I couldn’t help thinking about Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, that was a column in which I encouraged girls to sublimate any and all ambitions beyond procreation and therefore concentrat

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i see you, but it doesn't matter anymore
the rise and fall of music videos
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: music
6.27.12 • CLASSIC

Recently on a Saturday morning, I spent a couple of rare hours doing nothing but watching music videos on satellite television. As a child influenced by the 1980's MTV juggernaut, this is the adult equivalent to zoning out over cartoons.

I slipped into a programming cycle that let me see highlights from:

*80 and 90s pop/rock: ("Keep it Dark"–Genesis; "Never Tear Us Apart"–INXS; "Dear God"–XTC; "Smells Like Teen Spirit"–Nirvana)

*current country: ("Good Girl"–Carrie Underwood; "Banjo"–Rascal Flatts; "Pontoon"–Little Big Town")

*and current pop/R&B: ("The One That Got Away"–Katy Perry; "That Girl Right There"–Usher; "Titanium"-David Guetta featuring Sia)


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the jackson 5
moonwalking through michael jackson's career in five brilliant songs
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
7.17.09 • CLASSIC

1. I'll Be There (released August 28, 1970; Peak chart position: #1 US Pop, #1 US Black) ON THEIR FOURTH SINGLE, Berry Gordy made a decision that could've ended the Jackson 5's career. After three consecutive #1 bubblegum hits ("I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save") for the quintet, the Motown head honcho figured the time was as good as any to cast 11-year-old lead singer Michael as a sensitive leading man. It was risky. Why mess with a good thing? Their brief but successful body of wor

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he who said that 'talk is cheap' has never hired a lawyer
the day job i don’t usually talk about
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: humor
4.12.12 • CLASSIC

I’ve openly discussed the years I spent chasing rock stardom here in my columns at IM. Less frequently do I discuss that my day job is being an attorney, which I’ve done for almost ten years now.

Why don’t I bring it up much? For one, I usually am obliged to omit most of the juicy details. Each of my clients entrusts to me certain confidences that I am ethically obliged to keep secret. I feel ok admitting items that we have filed in a Court (matter of public record at that point, after all). I have a few good stories from the past ten years I will sometimes pull out at parties, and I sometimes talk anonymously about facts I might be facing in an upcoming trial, to see what people think before I get to a jury. But there is a lot of stuff I keep quiet, if only because I have to.

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i am really good at being shocking
but shockingly bad at just being
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
1.23.12 • CLASSIC

So I'm a girl, right?

Right.

As a female, there's a general understanding that we don't require pick up lines to meet men or get a date. The joke is something like all you have to do is say “Hi.” While this may be accurate to a very large degree, I wouldn't say this is totally true. Friends of mine say that's not the case at all, but some of those people have spent an evening with me at bars near Times Square during Fleet Week, shooting fish in a barrel. I mean, flirting with military boys on shore passes. Same thing.

But me? Well, I don't exactly have a problem meeting people. I never have. I'm fairly outgoing; I have no trouble striking up conversations with strangers, and I seem to have a personality that helps make other people laugh and feel comfortable pretty quickly. I like being social, telling stories and impressing people. Just saying "Hi" isn't really my style, though. It doesn't always reflect well on who I might actually be on the inside, but if I want attention, I'll get it.

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it's a question of pride
weighing in on gay love, marriage, and california
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: news
6.15.09 • CLASSIC

The average New York City cop hanging out in Queens is a straight, simple man. He's all right with an action movie, doesn't drink anything more sophisticated than a domestic bottled beer, and is perfectly fine to just hang in with the wife, kids, or girlfriend with an easy pasta and chicken dinner. Catch him out with his buddies, and he'll probably put on a couple exaggerated airs over how he would never do anything totally gay, like karaoke sessions or salsa-dancing lessons. But, ask him whic

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the power to decide
why it’s necessary for women to control their birth control
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
3.7.12 • CLASSIC

When Sandra Fluke stood up to testify in front of Congress on February 23rd about the importance of accessible birth control for all women, she probably didn’t expect to be called a prostitute. Women probably didn’t think that, in March of 2012, we’d be defending our right to use a medicine that was approved for sale 52 years ago. And yet, here we are again having to convince people – primarily men – that women do have the right to have sex without pregnancy.

We live in a time when men are lowering or erasing the barriers that allow them to get women pregnant (see: insurance-subsidized Viagra), while making it harder and harder for women to prevent conception. While the issue is birth control, no-one is really talking about condoms in this case. Condoms are available on supermarket shelves, they cost less to buy, and they are known to prevent STIs – a definite medical benefit. They also require the consent of a man. The real subject of the conversation is the pill: the birth control method that women control and that women can practice with or without a man’s knowledge or consent.* The question then becomes not just should women use contraception, but should women be allowed to choose contraception on their own? There are many excellent reasons why the answer is – and should always be – yes.

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google+
a post-technologist's early review
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
7.11.11 • CLASSIC

When I heard about Google+ I was excited. Yeah, I am nerd, hear me roar. Without much to go on but a cryptic Flash movie and hear-say, I had that tingling I used to get as a kid whenever I would go out and buy a new video game. I would spend the entire trip home thinking about how I was going to waste an entire weekend playing it to death. It was the tingle of anticipation for new content, new stories, an exploratory experience, and something new to learn and become proficient at. That kind

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future tenz
the sexier decade ahead
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
1.6.10 • CLASSIC

In The Tenz, we fly in hovercars fueled by laughter and rock n' roll. We've adopted a single global language, which is a hybrid of all known languages with a sprinkle of jazz theory. Consequently we're all getting along much better, and everybody can dance. Moral and religious disputes have gone the way of Disco, praise Gawd. World peace sets the stage for tolerance, innovation, and a new cultural renaissance. Creativity and intelligence are valued over celebrity and convenience. Our elected le

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