Dave Itzkoff’s new book, “Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies,” takes us behind-the-scenes of the making of the iconic movie, “which transformed the way we think about television and the way television thinks about us.” The New York Times culture reporter joined Slade Sohmer on Politics Powered By Twitter on Friday to discuss the book, how it got made, what it stood for, and what we are still taking from it nearly four decades later. Fascinating.
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But read this and weigh in on this one: “When are good deeds just good deeds, and where is the line where good deeds meets pimping out the homeless as props in the emotional clickbait economy? And, should that even matter?”
Pre-Internet virality: From the year this all began, 1944, through the last write-up we could find in 1949, nine-year-old bedridden Evelyn Valentine received more than 300,000 Valentines cards and gifts. Inspiring. These days we’d call that restoring faith in humanity. So let’s dive deeper into Evelyn Valentine’s story given what we could find rummaging through old newspapers.
Starbucks gift cards are excellent for filling your daily mocha choca skinny no-sugar chai latte, but you know what they’re even better for? Porn. Naughty America, a porn site for all your MILF porn needs, is accepting your unwanted holiday gift cards as payment for their sexii services.
Meet Jonathan Snark: He’s just a typical dick, who throws out insults with reckless abandon, like “Thanks Captain Obvious” and “Hush now! Let the adults work!” Luckily this MONSTER is just a fictional character conceived by affiliates of the generically named PR Consultants Group to serve as a cautionary tale for Snark-Free Day on October 22.
This is genius: Benevidz offers webcam sex for charity, Fap for a cause! Get all the details of this clever endeavor here.
The New York Times and New York Daily News editorial boards are savoring the sweet smell of their own noble farts. Both implored Anthony Weiner to drop out of the NYC mayoral race in the wake of Tuesday’s new sexting revelations from TheDirty.com, which as a quasi-revenge porn website is a far worse [carlos] danger to our society than anything consenting adults do in the privacy of their own boudoirs and bathrooms.
The fault, dear media, lies not in our politicians’ dick pics, but in ourselves, that we are outraged by their everyman behavior.
This is so Internetty: Man does Landslide interpretive dance in his undies at 30, just like when he was 20, and mashes it up.