YouTube's invisible standards
Great essay by Paul Ford on the hidden infrastructure that makes most of your favorite user-created viral videos possible: 4’ by 8’ by 1/2” slabs of drywall, screwed into studs and painted beige.
Movie, TV, theatre, and music reviews are now staples of high-minded printed publications. When they first appeared, however, they were there to explain the popular culture of the “low-brow” audiences to their readers, and, if lucky, attract some of those low-brow people as readers. In their own peculiar way, this was the mainstream media trying to grow their mass influence.
Paul Ford, and a select few other writers, consistently demonstrate what would have happened had those same high-minded print publications embraced today’s popular culture with the same earnest, informed and reverential zeal.
His latest is a brilliant critique of the video aesthetics of YouTube videos. I will never watch one the same way again.
The new VW Beetle may have lost its flower holder, but it’s perfect for displaying mini-terrariums
Mr. Gorbachev… (at Parkdale)
A Native American sends smoke signals in Montana, June 1909. Photograph by Dr. Joseph K. Dixon, National Geographic Creative
The ways we communicate are transformed by the technology we’ve mastered, yet become archaic as soon as that message is capture outside its original context.
The original “black list” was, essentially, a privately-funded publication designed to name and shame people who had been convicted of crimes deemed be religiously offensive.
Not surprisingly, most of the people caught up in these “cobweb laws" were women. And most of the women were charged with being "whores."
Three-hundred and nine years later, it is good to see we’ve made progress.
(Via Slate’s The Vault)
Good stuff from Telus’ VP of Digital Shawn Mandel on how to spark real change in big companies
"With a every good design, an advertisement must fail."
The New Yorker unveils a redesign of its website which nods to the magazine’s conservative design hallmarks yet manages to feel quite contemporary. Will this design be as iconic as its printed cousin’s? Undoubtably not, but it could manage to outlast its competitor’s digital looks, even with disappointingly bad advertising placed on every page by an unappreciative algorithm.
Gladys at the Small Town Fun Fair.
Local furniture maker JM & Sons doing a pop-up crate in Liberty Village until July 23 #wantwood