This year made me a cat person.
Now I’m a LOLcat person.
May God have mercy on my soul.
So I’ve been hearing non-stop that Newspapers and Magazines are dying at a fantastic rate, despite having a higher readership among readers, especially young adults, than ever. The problem is that the internet is serving the content, which is then aggregated and served ad-revenue-free to readers. No revenue means no more quality journalism, and all your journalistic needs will be found through cell-phone captures and amateur bloggers. With the change of the medium, the message seems to have been released into the territory of ‘free.’ This is bad, not because blogging journalists are bad – they serve their grassroots purpose, most notably to serve up the important issues to the journalists and to keep them honest, but because journalistic expertise is at stake.
Not everyone is a coherent writer, let alone a good one. Not everyone knows how to get to the story, let alone the story behind the story. Not everyone has the desire to research issue to which they are writing, let alone research an issue or a problem for longer than a google search. Journalism has been around since the reign of Julius Caesar (the Acta Diurna); should a profession that has served the masses for over 2000 years go to the wayside because we don’t feel like paying for it anymore?
Sadly, as much as we’d love to have all free content all the time, we have to pay our journalists. They are various models we could go with on this one: micro-payments on articles (lame) premium content (better), or (as suggested by Jon Stewart) aggregator licensing (best). I’m sure there are others, but I hope that whatever model is used, that it is used to save this industry.
If you look to your right, you’ll see a little box that has one or two sentences in it. This is called Twitter, the most popular micro-blogging tool on the internets. That’s right, micro-blogging: the current apex of internet nerditry!
Micro-blogging consists of 140-characters-at-a-time-or-less posts that talk about anything: what you are doing, what you are thinking, answers to others, links, and anything else that can be fit into 140 characters. For those on facebook, it’s basically updating only a facebook status all the freaking time. And then, you follow others’ feeds.
It’s great, and since I got my new iPod Touch (with its bountiful wifi access) from my wife, I use it in excess.
You should too. my twitter page is http://www.twitter.com/wkinchlea. Get jacked in. JOIN US.
The King has come.
The King, who came through a young, obedient girl. The King, who came under the care of a socially-scorned couple. The King, who came from the town of the old king, under the oppression of many evil kings. The King, who brought outcast shepherds and foreign powers to witness your birth and life. The King, for which the very angels sang out in celebration upon the Earth. The King, who in very nature God, in communion with God and by the power of God, became lowly man.
The King, who would take in all that is God’s nation on Earth, and make it what it was to be. The King, who would show love to the unloved, justice to the oppressed, freedom to the captive, and hope to the hopeless.
The King, who would take on the sin of all humanity, so that we may be saved. The King, who on the Third Day rose again and defeated Death. The King, whose kingdom is now, but not yet. The King, whose new creation will herald renewed, complete, and everlasting communion with God.
The King, who will return soon.
First of all, I need to drop a shout-out to stumbleupon, because this little browser add-on is THE thing to find the most obscure (and awesome) things on the internet. You should totally get in on it. Awesomely addictive and potent as a procrastination device. Getting back to the topic at hand:
I have always loved animation. I really believe that only through animation can you fully express one’s imagination to its fullest, most existential extent. Emotion can run high in animation, and that’s great. I’m going to use two examples today to illustrate the power of animation.
(DISCLAIMER: Animation is more than drawings, it is also 3-D computer animation, and – possibly my favourite – claymation, under which these two examples fall.)
EXAMPLE #1 – More, by Mark Osborne.
This short film is an Academy Award-nominated piece about loneliness and the cost of artificial bliss in life. I implore you to watch it.
The second is an exerpt from the Adventures of Mark Twain, made in 1985. The piece is called “the Mysterious Stranger,” and frankly, it’s scary as hell. From my understanding, the original piece from which it is drawn is an atheist’s idea of God vs. the reality of evil in the world, implying Satan as God. (I’m sure he’d like that). Creepy as Hell.
See? Animation is awesome. Make some.