Things ah’ve been looking at this week.
What If The New Star Wars Sucks, Too?
by Albert Burneko, The Concourse [2432 word article] – A fun, tongue-in-cheek reality check in preparation for Episode VII. The short: Star Wars films aren’t really that good (but we love ’em anyway), so for this one to be good would be bucking the trend. A bit provocative!
Fuck Yeah Psychedelic Cats
on Tumblr [Tumblr Gallery] – Hilarious. Don’t look at it on a laptop/desktop because the theme is horrendous – the mobile version is incredible though. Truly visionary.
Katy Perry and the Fear of a Female Planet
by Heather Havrilesky, New York Magazine [1329 word article] – I totally get this. I’ve never understood the appeal of Katy Perry, and this article critiques her as a totally de-politicised, bland, generic, safe, non-threatening female pop star. Makes an interesting contrast to…
The Passion of Nicki Minaj
by Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times [long article, 4774 words] – I don’t really know enough about Minaj to have an opinion, but I do feel vaguely uncomfortable at the sneering tone she’s usually discussed in. This is a great, complex article about a complex character. Worth checking out, and a great counterpoint to the article above.
by John Gillespie & Patrick Hughes [2:06 video] – my friends done made a short film for a BBC film competition… and they won! Congrats Pad, Sean & John!
The Nostalgia Act by Andrew Elder [1121 word blog post] – A bit of AusPol critique. Andrew Elder always writes intelligent critique that cuts right to it. He’s particularly good at taking apart political journalism, and this post looks at the tendency of journos to uncritically repeat the lines they’re fed, or failure to challenge ‘conventional wisdom].