Link Blog, March 2022

  • Kazuchika Okada Reigns In A Silent Empire

    All of that is lost, for now. Clapping and stomping show that the audience is reacting, but barring the kind of clarification Okada asked for in his promo (which is of course much more difficult to do during a match), it’s tough to imbue these actions with distinct meanings. The good guys can’t have their names chanted—fans can clap in a specific pattern, but that really only works if they’re facing someone with a distinctly different number of syllables in his name. The heels can’t be booed—they can only be met with silence, which is brutal to sit through, or a kind of droning applause that only serves to say We are not ignoring you. That New Japan is still running their shows in large buildings where these soft sounds echo sadly through empty sections only further depletes the intensity.

  • Slobbing out and giving up: why are so many people going goblin mode’?

    Goblin mode is kind of the opposite of trying to better yourself,” says Juniper, who declined to share her last name. I think that’s the kind of energy that we’re giving going into 2022 — everyone’s just kind of wild and insane right now.”

  • How WordPress and Tumblr are keeping the internet weird

    I’ll tell you a stat most people don’t realize. Half of all users who sign up for every day are there to blog.

  • Have iPhone Cameras Become Too Smart?

    The average iPhone photo strains toward the appearance of professionalism and mimics artistry without ever getting there. We are all pro photographers now, at the tap of a finger, but that doesn’t mean our photos are good.

  • Our Fundamental Right To Shame And Shun The New York Times

    Americans don’t have, and have never had, any right to be free of shaming or shunning…. Someone else shaming me is their free speech, and someone else shunning me is their free association, both protected by the First Amendment.

  • Mr. Bones’ Wild Ride 10th Anniversary: Why the Ride Still Won’t Stop

    Mr. Bones’ anniversary this month also coincides with the 55th anniversary of Harlan Ellison’s science-fiction tale, I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” a story centered on a malignant, self-aware computer that inflicts eternal torment on the Earth’s four surviving humans. Published in 1967, Ellison’s literary nightmare highlighted cultural fears of nuclear annihilation and our earliest adoptions of computer technology — two awful anxieties that recent headlines make even more ominous and prescient.

  • We Aren’t Just Watching the Decline of the Oscars. We’re Watching the End of the Movies

    No, what looks finished is The Movies — big-screen entertainment as the central American popular art form, the key engine of American celebrity, the main aspirational space of American actors and storytellers, a pop-culture church with its own icons and scriptures and rites of adult initiation.

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March 29, 2022