Up until last year, the Newseum in Washington, D.C. had a YouTube channel (preserved at NewseumArchives) that uploaded every video made by visitors who went the the museum's "Be a Reporter!" exhibit and recorded themselves doing a TV news segment. Or practicing their golf swing. Or saying hi to their moms. Or contemplating the abyss. Sage Boggs of Mic has been tweeting out some of the highlights.
Lindsay Ellis' (previously) new video series 'Loose Canon' (Previously) takes a look at the different media takes on the same cultural character or property. She takes on the longest and most detailed one yet with the media reaction to and portrayal of the 2001 9/11 attacks. Part 1 (21:21) Part 2 (27:37) (Warning for photos and video of attacks)
'In 2006, Dr. Nick Terry from the University of Exeter bemoaned that “professional historians have left the internet wide open for colonisation by deniers”. Ten years on, the situation is worse. The belief that ignoring an idea will make it go away is no longer viable in a digital society.'
"The PT Cruiser: The official car of getting your 9-year-old son a balloon-tired mountain bike to make up for pawning his DS Lite in order to buy 'loose tobacco' and zigzags." [more inside]
Building Ikea furniture is hard. Building it under the influence is much, much harder.
Speed Enforced by Aircraft. A tale of tragedy, triumph, death, and new life. [SLYT]
Rufus Harley debut jazz recording in 1965 was unexpected, mostly because one featured instrument was bagpipes. In seven tracks: Bagpipe Blues, Kerry Dancers, Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me), More, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Sportin', Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child.
Todrick Hall has been here before, but he recently released Straight Outta Oz as an ambitious visual album on YouTube. It's a Wizard of Oz allegory about his life growing up as a gay black teenager and his rise to stardom. It also features some great singing and dancing, and he's touring with a live version now. [more inside]
Since May 2015, an man in Far North Queensland, Australia, has been posting videos to YouTube showing how to build various buildings and tools using "naturally occurring materials and primitive tools." In addition to step-by-step videos, he is also leaving increasingly detailed notes on what he is doing, and how.
"I live in a modern house and eat modern food. I just like to see how people in ancient times built and made things. It is a good hobby that keeps you fit and doesn’t cost anything apart from time and effort."[more inside]
Space Jam 3 Starring Jeremy Lin (SLYT)
T2: Trainspotting 2 [YouTube] [Teaser Trailer] Director Danny Boyle reunites the original cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. [via: Pitchfork Media]
First Lady Michelle Obama joins James Corden for a drive around the White House grounds. [more inside]
An ordinary day on the seaside in Karwia, Poland took a turn toward the mythological with the dramatic appearance of a dark boar from the sea foam. (sl YouTube)
The Hollywood Reporter has, once again, released excellent roundtable discussions with notable television actors: Comedy Actor Roundtable (Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansar, Jeffrey Tambour, Tony Hale, Anthony Anderson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jerrod Carmichael) [1h7m], Comday Actress Roundtable (Allison Janney, Lily Tomlin, Gina Rodriguez, Rachel Bloom, Niece Nash, Ilana Glazer) [52m], Drama Actor Roundtable (Cuba Goodling Jr., Rami Malek, Paul Giamatti, Forest Whitaker, Wanger Moura, Bobbay Cannavale) [55m], Drama Actress Roundtable (Kirsten Dunst, Julianna Marguiles, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Sarah Paulson, Regina King, Constance Zimmer) [lh13m]
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Celebration Reel [YouTube] Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. [more inside]
Netflix’s sci-fi throwback Stranger Things is Yesterday’s Summer Blockbuster Today [A.V. Club] Stranger Things is stylish, beguiling, and eminently bingeable, but it isn’t skeptic-proof. The Duffer brothers, who previously worked on Fox’s surprisingly compelling Wayward Pines, should know by now that open-ended supernatural mysteries are going to dissuade some viewers, particularly those who have felt duped by such stories in the recent past. But anyone willing to push through their resistance will find a borderline hypnotic show that could be to this summer what USA’s Mr. Robot was to last summer: a hyper-stylized niche series that feels essential even at its wobbliest. [more inside]
Channel 4's trailer for the 2016 Rio Paralympics (YouTube) just may be the best thing you see today. Via DangerIsMyMiddleName's twitter.
Lost Animations is a Youtube channel compiling various hard-to-find animated shorts, advertisements, and the occasional full-length. [more inside]
Okay, so Amy Grant is a bit insecure on her first album 1977's Amy Grant, with the song I Know Better Now. Written by an angst-filled 17 year old who is couching her insecurity within her faith in Jesus, it's only one in a long line of songs Amy has written and/or recorded that show true struggle with being human in a difficult world. [more inside]
Nuclear Family presents: Underwritten Female Character: the Movie.
Furry musicians FoxAmoore (previously and previously) and PepperCoyote (also making music as Look Left) debut their new album #hashtag live at Anthrocon. [1h5m] Recorded July 1, 2016, just about an hour ago. [more inside]
49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy Hollywood Reporter provides extensive background and photos: Anger and grief were palpable during production on the video, filmed primarily over two days on the 20th Century Fox Studios lot where [Ryan] Murphy produces his substantial roster of shows
The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence has some travel tips for you, citizen. (SLYT) [more inside]
Cat Game: Mouse Hunt (SLYT)
German YouTuber Eating with Two Hands insists: "I am of the opinion that eating is only true when done with the motions of our two hands. The invention of cutlery, namely fork and knife, was highly unnecessary." See it in practice: Tasty Fruit Salad (with Goldsaft), Instant Breakfast Cereal and Cheese and Grapes. Tasty!
Lonelygirl15: how one mysterious vlogger changed the internet. The Guardian interviews the creators and actors involved in one of YouTube's greatest virals. Mefi originally discussed the mystery at the end of August 2006. Within a week the truth was revealed.
(All links very NSFW.) From audiobook mashup artist Tootleg Boy (previously), who brought you The Lord of the Books of the 55 Arse-Hymens of Stone and Pride and Prejudice and 367 Pages of Balls and Young Men, comes the inspirational, patriotic, and incredibly juvenile American Soldier (With A Sniper)
How much money does everyone make on a typical $200 Million movie? Find out how much the average paycheck for a Production Designer, Best Boy, Day Extra, Location Scout and even A Cat is for working on your typical summertime blockbuster.
Infochammel. Experience the next level of HDTV Info and Non-Engaging Nontertainment 24-7-365-11000 encoded with proprietary Techno-Loc HDTV subliminal positive human behavioral modification frequencies. [more inside]
Captain Disillusion (previously) has himself become disillusioned with his own show's format. Fortunately, a mentor from another era has returned to give him guidance.
How to snakes: These snakes are just writhing with potential.
Sometimes a music video completely recontextualizes the song. Pet Shop Boys' most recent single Twenty-something is one thing when you just hear the song, but the video makes it something else entirely.