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The strangely enduring power of kitsch
I was bothered by the author applying the term modernism to art that is definitely contemporary or postmodern, but an interesting article nonetheless.

It's a little tricky because I think the author is using it in a way that is accurate in cultural history - talking about "modernity" generally - not directly describing art movements. This quibble comes up a lot in the museum world. Historians and art historians use the terms... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:39 AM on December 23, 2014

CCR, 'Born on the Bayou', live at Woodstock
I just came in here to say how much I love CCR.

Seriously.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:17 PM on December 21, 2014
I agree that blaming the Dead is just kind of a Dead-hater trope. What's clear to me as a production and event-planning-type individual is that Woodstock was a near-total clusterfuck of an event rescued only by the independent competence of the film and audio staff and the professionalism of the musicians themselves. I blame zero bands for the way they were presented. I know, too, that last-minute obstacles were encountered by the organizers, but STILL, this was not what you would call a well... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:48 PM on December 21, 2014
.. it seems like they're hurrying through the performance.
Now that you've pointed this out, I totally agree. The languid, meandering, humid, kicked-back tempo of the studio version is what makes it. This does sound a little extra.....choogly...which isn't really bayou-speed.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:50 PM on December 21, 2014
As for why it hasn't been released fully: I've heard it's tied up in a rights thing. Even if it's not legally mired, it's the kind of thing that is probably more valuable as licensed material. Not that I know much of anything about this film in particular.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:13 PM on December 22, 2014

I'd just want to escape and keep wearing that.
Ugh. I'm really familiar with 5 year olds, as a former K teacher.

I agree that this was a missed opportunity to talk about being forced to cross boundaries. It's not about an outfit, even if this young girl has already imbibed concepts like "this is a good look for her."

This scene, in the film, is about capture and coercion and exploitation for the pleasure of a controlling male presence that in no way would Leia ever seek to please... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:33 PM on December 21, 2014
So you're saying that he should have told her that the clothing was "demeaning" or perhaps "embarrassing" or that it was "not really very nice to make a woman dress up like that", something like that?

I'll deal with your question earnestly. In my ideal world, no, I don't think the dad should have passed judgment on the clothing itself. It's not unreasonable for the girl, or anyone else, to dislike the clothing. the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:58 PM on December 21, 2014
The person who joked about opening up contestation about when children can challenge parents actually points to a good, if subtle, conversation. The nature of a positive parent-child contract is that the parent has the child's best interests at heart. They aren't looking to take advantage of the child's lack of experience, but to allow growth and exploration while preventing undue risk. That is the motivation of a well-intentioned family member, and the only reason children should be encouraged... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:07 PM on December 21, 2014
Why is it you aren't parsing "It's not really very nice to make a woman dress up like that" to mean that? It sounds, to me, that he's saying precisely what you're saying he missed an opportunity to say.

He's saying something materially different. What is "like that" to you? It sounds like you're judging the aesthetic choice of the dress, rather than the crucial point, which is "make." In other words,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:42 PM on December 21, 2014
I don't think "rebellion" is something you set like a radio dial, or something pre-set in human nature. I'd want my kids to be very sensitive and attuned to areas of their personal agency that have to do with their body, their appearance, their power to choose their company and their behavior. I would care less about other forms of rebellion. I don't agree that "rebellion" is some natural childhood state at all. Most children want belonging and acceptance, which makes them... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:46 PM on December 21, 2014
He is a monster.

Now you're getting hyperbolic. You're aware I never said that he was a "monster." What on earth makes you so very uncomfortable here?
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:47 PM on December 21, 2014
Right, I'm not seeing "the joy." At all. As a former 5-year-old girl who found "the joy" constrained by the desires and pressures of others, I'd be interested to know - what is "the joy?" Whose joy is it? And how long will it last?
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 10:06 PM on December 21, 2014
[I agree, biobliowench, these aren't usually one-time conversations, but since this is being shared as a single clip which seemingly demonstrates....something...to those sharing it, I'm interested in understanding what that something is.]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 10:12 PM on December 21, 2014

Execution
I am disappointed. I have been grateful that my Facebook feed is almost completely free of racists, as evidenced throughout the Ferguson and Eric Garner discussions. However, I just logged on to find that someone that I pretty much have always liked had reposted a twelve-paragraph essay beginning with something like "Imagine you're the 13-year old daughter" of one of the dead cops, looking at his present for you under the Christmas tree and knowing you have to attend his funeral, and... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 4:32 PM on December 21, 2014

What my dog does when I leave
Yes, this is sad. I agree, poor communication with the dog. But I'm sorry for dogs in general, who could use more from us than we're usually prepared to give.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:53 AM on December 21, 2014

At 20 a little coquette, at 40 not married yet, at 50 a suffragette!
CarolynG, that was my takeaway. In the year of Gamergate, I feel like I've pretty much seen each and every one of these tactics trotted out again. So "what will it look like in 100 years?" I can't be sure, and I'd like to be more optimistic, but I have a feeling these will be recycled again in 100 years.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:46 PM on December 19, 2014
I get that a vanguard of us whoops in disdain. at the same time, you are a couple clicks away from image macros containing virtually the same content. Angry feminists are angry because they can't get laid. The trope is alive and well.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:16 PM on December 19, 2014
Agree about the bar.

As for the Punch cartoon - the dominant people - editors of magazines, wealthy readers - definitely didn't see it as a commentary about men. They saw it as a commentary about a totally upended social order, mayhem, misrule, a cats-marrying-dogs-level of craziness. Women were supposed to occupy that role and do that work; men, definitely not, ridiculous to suggst. It was repulsive just to... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:34 PM on December 19, 2014
I wonder if these were the works of the Stephen Colberts or John Stewarts of the turn of the century, in these cases, to make men realize the folly of their mindset.

I don't think so. At best, I think they reflect a bemused detachment at how crazy society is in general, kind of like a New Yorker cover - topical, but ambiguously editorial. But since I'm familiar with some of the text sources from the period, I can say that ironic stances were not... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:41 AM on December 20, 2014
I did wish I could find original context for some of those images, though, to help support that viewpoint. I know a bunch of them are from Puck, and some of those are scanned and available online.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:45 AM on December 20, 2014
progressive parties were violently opposed to giving women the vote (and conservative parties favored it) because "everyone knew" women were naturally conservative and more easily influenced by religion and would vote with the right-wing, clerical parties

...and, not insignificantly, would vote to outlaw alcohol. Which happened.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:54 AM on December 20, 2014
Of course, a huge reason women voted for Prohibition had to do with husbands drinking all the rent money...

Oh, absolutely, and it wasn't a stupid move. Women, especially women with children, weren't economically empowered, making them critically dependent on the functional abilities of the men in their life. For those who ended up married to problem drinkers, there were serious difficulties. Their families weren't safe or secure, their health and... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:12 AM on December 20, 2014

What do we talk about when we talk about podcasting?
I do get annoyed when people who are deeply enmeshed in a given world assume that they're better judges of its position in the wider culture than non-experts

I agree. I admit a little double take when Thorn referred to podcasting as an "industry." As an audiogeek who's always loved and listen to audio storytelling and nonfiction for years - whatever the broadcast mechanism - I think of all this as "audio." Podcasting, for me, is... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 3:12 PM on December 18, 2014
podcasting is more of a media form or genre. Independent podcasts do frequently borrow from establish audio tropes, because that is the cultural model in which they reside, but they are almost always a much more niche targeted program.

I would be more inclined to agree if the history of radio weren't also full of independent, niche, targeted programs. Yes, there are monster megaliths of public radio and commercial radio, but if you really take in all... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:04 PM on December 18, 2014
Yeah, consolidation is what killed just about everything interesting on the broadcast air radio spectrum, so be wary of it if you like podcast diversity.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:21 PM on December 18, 2014
by and large they do not slot themselves into that history.

And yet that self-distinction doesn't mean they're not part of a historical phenomenon. Both can be true. Most of us are operating in response to historical forces we can't even perceive. It's fair to analyze podcasters as part of a larger history of broadcast communication (setting the term-of-art version of that aside, and just meaning "communicating... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:22 AM on December 19, 2014
there are very big differences between content produced for podcast and radio.

...so, I'd like to hear more about this, because I do contest it. And I listen to a lot of podcasts - but I don't listen to them all "start to finish." I have a 10-minute walk to work; I listen in 10-minute chunks. On a long car ride, I might listen to 10 podcasts in a row, but I might also listen to 10 public radio show podcasts in a row, each full of 7-10... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:26 AM on December 19, 2014
That's the reality of how people listen to radio - there's extensive research.

Okay, well, first, it's not how I listen to radio. Second, can you share some of the extensive research? Also, since we're ostensibly talking about something "niche," does it matter what research on majority patterns shows? All I've been arguing is that there have always been departures from the most commercially digestible form, and there have always been niche... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:28 PM on December 19, 2014
Also just remembered that the NPR newsmagazines offer a lot of series reporting embedded in the larger show, exploring topics, visiting one town many times over the course of an election or for economic check-ins, doing stuff like Kitchen Sisters, etc. The TAL Planet Money series is a serial, as are many of their multipart stories that have extended over more than one episode. One could argue that Garrison Kiellor's monologues are serial in that they all take place within a world in which users... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:47 PM on December 19, 2014

Birdies, prunes, cheese and whiskey: smiling (or not) for the camera
We were just talking about this at work. The question of smiling (and "bad teeth") also has a history in painted portraiture - we found and discussed this good piece about that.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:54 AM on December 19, 2014
That McCord interactive is ADORABLE
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:02 AM on December 19, 2014

"Walking around a city will never be the same"
There are a lot of really fascinating applications of the ability to geotag and geolocate using computing devices (stationary and mobile), but it's worth taking a step back to historicize this process, because the impulse certainly isn't new. . Before there was geocaching, of course, there was letterboxing. And long before there was letterboxing, there were historical markers and annotated guides, and long before there were those, there was cartography, which is essentially the same idea - a map... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:21 AM on December 17, 2014
Ingress looks awesome, by the way. I'm super interested in how it's built around public art and sharing with museum peeps today. Downloaded, and going to play!
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:34 AM on December 17, 2014

There must be something ghostly in the air of Christmas
This is fascinating! I was vaguely aware of this tradition but had no idea how extensive and solidified it was. Thank you. Looking forward to reading my way through.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:32 AM on December 17, 2014

"How can they possibly believe this shit?"
This was a terrific piece! Thanks for posting it. Rich in information and perspective, and ends with a provocative and intriguing conclusion.

repeated insinuations that true intellectuals are annoyed or disgusted by Christmas pomp and circumstance, and that only the unwashed masses could take any joy in such ridiculousness.

I really didn't read it that way; I think, in the end, it was an endorsement of Christmas and of the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:35 AM on December 16, 2014
It's not difficult, but it's definitely pretentious.

Well, I'd say it's academic. But that doesn't mean it sets out with the intention of being pretentious, though it can seem that way. People in academic settings use these kinds of words because they really specifically encapsulate a set of ideas that is less efficient to express otherwise - it takes longer to describe and define the word in simpler terms than it does to just use the word, kind of... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:01 AM on December 16, 2014
movement into the middle class

It's a start, but it means a little more than that - check out the links above. It means not just an economic movement to the middle class, as in more buying power or nicer stuff, but a larger shift of values and alignments and ideas, buying into a completely separate political and personal identity that distinguishes one from the working class in taste, behavior, morals, etc. That's why it's hard... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:23 AM on December 16, 2014
Here's the Google result for "define feminize."
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:24 AM on December 16, 2014
Hence we see that the real meaning of Christmas, of course, is recriminations.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 1:40 PM on December 16, 2014
Here is some stuff about the author. I suppose he was fairly young when he wrote the above, and he's clearly a traditionalist, so maybe we can trace some of the awkward and retrogressive style to that. Still, I think he expressed a couple of things in this piece really beautifully, and his narrative is sound.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 1:58 PM on December 16, 2014

Merry Christmas from the "Sesame Street" Family, 1975
Wonderful, thank you.

I posted YouTube links to the 1978 Sesame Street TV Christmas special here a few years ago, and looks like links still work. Thought this crowd would appreciate it.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:38 PM on December 14, 2014


He loves Christmas songs and smells.
Content is king.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:01 PM on December 12, 2014

Joyeaux Noel, Y'all
I have no problem with most of this (I like Christmas music, though my tastes in it are a little broader), but I do want to find whoever is responsible for pulling Dominic the Donkey out of its deserved dark chamber of mothbolls and regret and putting that back into circulation, and make them listen to it incessantly for a month.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:13 AM on December 12, 2014
I love this version of "Wonderful Christmastime" that just repeats the line "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime" about 700 times.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:17 AM on December 12, 2014
I really love Christmas music - I mean, there are selections I dislike, but I enjoy a wide variety of it. Currently my iTunes Christmas playlist has about 800 songs - many from MetaFilter Music (there is some great stuff on there) but also from indie, folkie, ethereal, historical, pop, and R&B sources. There's such a ton of Christmas music and more to discover all the time. I troll free mp3 sites and have found some great stuff; also used to get a lot of good Americana/country leads from... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 12:41 PM on December 12, 2014
what the hell? Does anyone actually enjoy it?

I'll cop to it. I like it. Hey, Jose FEliciano.

IT'S A MARSHMALLOW WORLD IN THE WINTER

One interesting thing about how the Christmas song canon just repeats and repeats is that it gives you the time, in your life, to change your opinion on some songs. I used to hate Marshmallow World (the Darlene Love version, which at one point was... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 3:50 PM on December 12, 2014

it's like waking up to the same nightmare every single day
I agree, Nothing, it's symptomatic of a larger issue. That's something the lack of familiarity, lack of a history of interacting with women as complete beings, can create.

Based on observations others around me have made, I've been spending more time thinking about things like what we call 'racism' and 'sexism' and other social biases having their roots in, essentially, PTSD/past trauma.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:10 AM on December 12, 2014
and [further thought] it's interesting that when some folks frame their issue as being a "virgin," not having a girlfriend, the attention is fixed on the female companion as though that is supposed to be life's saving grace; you can be totally cut off from all other society, but if you get sex and have a female partner, then she will supply all the love the world otherwise isn't giving you, and you will be okay as a result.

It is a huge burden to place on the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:21 AM on December 12, 2014
Women feel it, too. I am thinking more of the sort of obssessive identification of "girlfriend" as the lacking factor in an extremely isolated man's life when I say that. Of course, that doesn't describe everyone who would like a partner. I think this article's headline does it a disservice by making it seem like it's that guy's central issue, when you're right, he sees the bigger picture as well.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:20 AM on December 12, 2014

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