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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Will hipsters save print media?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Print is dead.

Scientists have been saying as much since the early ’80s. And the world has watched as media empires crumbled over the past few years.

There's also this:

And since babies can't do math or cure cancer or Dance with the Stars or make expensive hamburgers, I predict all that stuff will go away to. But that's another blog post.

At Monday's National Press Club luncheon, TMZ founder Harvey Levin (I'm sorry, how did TMZ's founder get into a National Press Club luncheon?) explained to all those unadapting NPC newsosaurs why they're doomed. From the Washington Post (via Poynter):

As for you, dear print reader, Levin says, it’s off to the scrap heap. “What is the magic of holding a piece of paper in the air when you read?” he asked. “You [in the news media] think you have to preserve this? Why?”

Funny you should ask Harvey. Also yesterday, the New York Times published an article about a recent resurgence in zine culture.

Lately, it seems, the zine is enjoying something of a comeback among the Web-savvy, partly in reaction to the ubiquity of the Internet. Their creators say zines offer a respite from the endless onslaught of tweets, blog posts, I.M.’s, e-mail and other products of digital media.

“There’s nothing more joyous than having a little publication in your hands,” said Malaka Gharib, a social media coordinator for a nonprofit organization in Washington. In her spare time, she publishes a colorful food zine called The Runcible Spoon with her friend Claire O’Neill.

“It’s a much more tangible feeling than collecting things on a Pinterest board,” she said, referring to a service that lets people save and store interesting links and pictures found on the Web.

Amanda Mills (left) at Atlanta Zine Librarys June 2011 fundraiser at Cornbred Gallery
  • Amanda Mills
  • Amanda Mills (left) at Atlanta Zine Library's June 2011 fundraiser at Cornbred Gallery

Atlanta's having its own mini love affair with zines right now, too. The new Atlanta Zine Library is housed at Mint Gallery, which is also hosting the release party Nov. 4 for HydeATL's new zine "Cool Kids vs. Hot Mess."

Can hipsters save print media? It might be just ironic enough to work.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Culture Grab: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released on bail, Nine minutes of chocolate and more

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM


After more than two months of detention, Ai Weiwei, "China's most famous artist," was released on bail. The mingle of tax evasion, political activism and an international outcry is hard to decipher, but you can read more from the Guardian and see what you make of it. [Guardian]

Given the recent passionate mishmash surrounding state art funding in Georgia, it is inevitable that other places around the globe are going through the same maze. Tracey Emin's London exhibition 'Love Is What You Want' stirred up just that exact debate. Emin's art "earns praise, and her embrace of Britain's Conservative-led government fans debate," according to the Los Angeles Times. Will there be a British shift to a more American-style philanthropic support for the arts? [Los Angeles Times]

"Four times larger than that of the Whitney"—what could that be? And the Walton empire is behind it? Give me the news! Find out how art will reach the public with the aid of Alice Walton, daughter of Walmart founder Sam, as well as the third richest woman in the world. [The New Yorker]

It's very Southern, very thought-provoking and very green. A close resemblance can be found in Julio Cortázar's "House Taken Over" (Casa tomada). To find out more read Burnaway's review of the "Hortus Occultus" exhibition. [Burnaway]

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Culture Grab: A 200-pound steel spider, grunting puppets and more

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Find out where you can get a good look at a "200-pound steel spider." [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Puppets gone wild? Wendell Brock explores how puppets "pant, grunt and try out sexual positions." [Arts Critic ATL]

The vampire mania is still alive (or undead) and well. Michael Cieply reveals how the cast and crew of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” are "scrambling to deliver a summer blockbuster." The movie, set for release in 3-D in June 2012, is based on a "pop-novel mash-up" by Seth Grahame-Smith. [New York Times]

Speaking of the undead, Kendrick Daye looks at how "Dead Artists Are Alive On Twitter." [Art Nouveau]

Read about the rising star Carey Mulligan and find out which of her roles inspired her to get a tattoo. Hint: it's right at your door. [New York Times]

What makes Top Gun so unforgettable? Browse through Time's "Top 10 Reasons Why Top Gun Is Still Awesome." [Time Magazine]

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Top 5 tweets of the week from ATL comedians

Posted By on Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Twitter's a comedian's dream — a captive audience just sitting there waiting for one-liners.

Here are our Top 5 Tweets of the Week from Atlanta comedians.

Follow @ThatEvanFowler on Twitter!
  • @ThatEvanFowler - Comedian Evan Fowler

Follow @NatalieGlaser on Twitter!
  • @NatalieGlaser - Comedian Natalie Glaser

Follow @SilkyJumbo on Twitter!
  • @SilkyJumbo - Comedian Shalewa Sharpe

Follow @Dreadful_Rauw on Twitter!
  • @Dreadful_Rauw - Comedian Thomas Jenkins

Follow @MikeIsFun on Twitter!
  • @MikeIsFun - Comedian Mike Kaiser

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Hyperbole and a Half for the holidays

Posted By on Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM

  • Allie Brosh
Just in time for the holidays, the hilarious blog Hyperbole and a Half presents a new entry, "The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas." Blogger/cartoonist Allie Brosh regularly strikes comedic gold when she flashes back to her childhood as a strikingly willful little girl, and her latest reminiscence depicts her failed efforts to recreate the Nativity Story: "I was going to rewrite the birth of Jesus Christ and I was going to make it POP." Her intentionally lousy illustration style only enhances the humor.

Hyperbole and a Half is only funnier when Brosh talks about her dogs — nothing in 2010 has made me laugh harder than "Dog's Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving."

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Play trailers: Mike Daisey's The Last Cargo Cult, etc.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Previews begin Friday night for The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey's one-man show that plays through April 11 on the Alliance Hertz Stage. There's a not-very-illuminating teaser for the Spalding Gray-esque monologue, which juxtaposes America's financial collapse with the America-worshiping natives of a remote South Pacific Island, but this clip from the Off-Broadway's Public Theater offers a more substantial sample of Daisey's stage presence and general attitude:

During his Atlanta visit, Daisey will also offers a one-night performance of his most controversial monologue, "How Theater Failed America," at 7 p.m. Monday, April. The monologue combines personal reminiscences as well as observations about the sorry state of U.S. stagecraft, and will spark a round table discussion afterwards. Check out the clip after the jump:

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