The Internet is so dehumanizing. LMAO.
While the public fascination continues over Charles Ramsey, the latest eyewitness-news neighborhood hero to get the auto-tune treatment, cultural critics have gone into overdrive trying to make sense of his overnight meme-ification since he helped save three long-missing abducted women in his working-class Cleveland neighborhood.
If there were a Mount Rushmore (or maybe in this case, a Stone Mountain) memorializing the stars of this viral microtrend, Ramsey's pop-eyed expression and finger-in-socket hairdo would be carved in that mountain right alongside Sweet "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That" Brown and Antoine "Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wife" Dodson. As Salon.com's culture blog Browbeat points out in a post titled, what else but, "The Troubling Viral Trend of the 'Hilarious' Black Neighbor," the trend is fraught with issues of race and class and just plain old otherness, but it's also what makes these characters such undeniably appealing stereotypes. Or, as hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth (below) codifies them in his talking-head video: "the 'wacky black guy' box or the 'charmingly uneducated hick' box."
After riding aboard a start-up charter
chariot bus for nearly 20 hours, I'm hitting the ground running today as I follow an Atlanta musician, filmmaker, and start-up through each of the SXSW's three conferences. In addition, I'll also document the organized chaos of the 10-day festival in all its weird Texan glory.
Throughout the 2012 election season, social media has helped people to engage in the
compilation of Mitt Romney's female-themed Trapper Keepers™ political discourse surrounding election races more than ever before.
But there's also a downside to discussing politics through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. As a recent Jezebel post documented, an abundance of hate messages followed the re-election of President Barack Obama.
Floatingsheep, which analyzes user-generated geocoded data, yesterday took a hard look at racist election tweets. After aggregating tweets surrounding the presidential race, the site's authors examined the data on a state-by-state basis, seeing how the racist posts compared to the overall number of messages during that same period.
What did they find? They saw that Southern states had a high amount of racist tweeters.
That includes Georgia, which ranked third just behind Alabama and Mississppi.
Residents in swing states like Ohio and Florida have been treated to a seemingly endless assault of television spots promoting the presidential candidates. Special interest groups fueled by PACs, super PACs, unions, industry advocates, and other big dollar spenders are blasting their political opponents with every available second of airtime. Those of us in decidedly red states like Georgia are essentially a political afterthought. Nate Silver's 538 Blog has GA rated at 99.9% in the tank for Romney. We've been spared the prodding and pleading.
It's enough to discourage a Georgian from voting at all...almost.
This is why so many folks are devoting energy to encouraging everyone to get out the vote, including Representative John Lewis, who joined the cause Gangham Style:
Governor Romney's supporters prefer a more "straight forward" approach:
Webisodes for season two Atlanta produced series "Becky and Berry" starting dropping on Thursdays in October, with episode 203 going live sometime today.
Here's 201, which is actually called season 2, episode 3:
The series — the brainchild of co-creator, executive producer, co-writers Brooke Jaye Taylor and Matt Corwell — is a behind-the-scenes look into the sometimes mundane, often frustrating, and occasionally tumultuous daily lives of actors as they go out on auditions and callbacks, attend workshops, deal with agents, etc.
Houghton Talent's Mystie Buice represents the leads, and describes it as “a ringside seat to the industry, and all the lovable and maddening things in it.”
It's a little bit Guffman, a little bit "Extras" with a taste of "Episodes" but for the Web.
Meanwhile, Slate asks the vital question about über-hyped Web series "Cybergeddon":
"This is the most expensive web series of all time—why isn't it going viral?"
Last week, Cybergeddon, a nine-part cybercrime webseries from CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, debuted on Yahoo Screen. The release was particularly timely: The show is about an FBI agent (played by Stick It star Missy Peregrym) who is framed for an epic series of zero-day virus wreckage that, among other disasters, wipes clean the records of a Hong Kong bank. That same week, a group of hackers launch real-life cyber attacks on six major U.S. banks.
At $6 million, Cybergeddon is the most expensive Web series of all time, topping the roughly $2 million spent on Tom Hanks’ Electric City. It comes in 10 different languages and has been released in 25 countries, giving it a wide reach—Zuiker says they hoped to score 20 million hits.
That’s pretty ambitious for a Web series. One hundred million Americans watch videos online at least once a day, but big Web series have yet to really click with audiences, despite heavy investment: This summer, for instance, Hulu pushed 10 new Web-only series and invested $500 million in original content.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials today said that, starting tomorrow, daily Wi-Fi rates will be lowered to $4.95 and will be eliminated altogether "as early as fall 2013." Airport honchos say in a press release:
Starting November 1, Hartsfield-Jackson will offer Wi-Fi services at a reduced daily rate of $4.95; the new, lower rate will remain in effect until the fees are eliminated in 2013. With these changes, the Airport moves away from intermediary wireless Internet service providers and begins fully operating and maintaining its wireless system.
“I am pleased to announce that Hartsfield-Jackson is one step closer to offering truly free Wi-Fi,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “This initiative builds upon our commitment to improving the overall Airport experience for all customers. As a global aviation hub, Hartsfield-Jackson connects hundreds of thousands of passengers with communities worldwide every day. Free Wi-Fi will make it easier for these passengers to conduct their professional and personal business during their time at the Airport.”
Next step: Get rid of those giant ants crawling on the ceiling in the baggage claim, which scare the hell out of at least 14 jet-lagged people every hour. And that photo of the kids wearing diapers in Centennial Olympic Park's fountain.
Kidding! Love you, never change.
The answer after the jump.
Rather than pay (roughly) a gazillion dollars to cover the olympics, then wait until primetime to publish video of the biggest moments, the Wall Street Journal recruited a former Atlantan and current Big Apple prop and set stylist to execute a more creative and decidedly less expensive method of keeping their readers informed about the goings on in London. At the risk of spoiling what you're about to watch — much like every Olympic event has been spoiled before you've had a chance to watch it — it involves clothespins, pipe cleaners, mini pompoms, and lots of glue ...
Amy Tayor, who — full disclosure — is a friend of mine, gets top billing in the credits for creating the sets and puppets with hilarious, arts-and-craftsy flair. This one, depicting a certain infamous ladies badminton match, is great, too ...
Atlanta slang isn't just for the streets anymore — it's for the Twitters, too.
Grouped by the hashtag #AtlantaSlang, users have been submitting their picks for the best in, well, Atlanta-specific slang.
It's unclear how the trending started: Twitter's site doesn't like loading long strings of chronological tweets. But the conversation has been going strong for a few days — and with it, a few observations:
"Finna" is a recurring favorite, submitted by several people a day, as is "shawty," "ova wit" and, at least for @KushxCupcakes, "I WANT MY ONE BITCH."
The topic has bred some contention.
Or as @Trillvness notes: "#AlbanySlang is incorrect usage of #AtlantaSlang .. *Holds head down*"
@GAFollowers, self-described as "The OFFICIAL Twitter for the state of Georgia," offered only this: "#AtlantaSlang gets way worse the more southern in Georgia you go."
And that, apparently, is that.
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Sarcasm check on Aisle 13.