New York City Marathon
If you have been spending your days reading only the A section of The New York Times lately, we can forgive you for thinking that this weekend’s NYC marathon might be canceled over something as mercurial as a hurricane. After all, that’s what Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said today: That holding a major event in a city while its still reeling from a crisis is potentially not the best idea. (Although hey, it certainly would be the fastest way to get over any of New York’s bridges.)
And that makes sense, at least on the surface. But dig a little deeper … say, to Thursday Styles, and you’ll find out the real reason people don’t want to spend Sunday running around a ghost town. They’re afraid someone will take a stupid picture of them.
YOU GOT MEME'D
Jonah Peretti’s Hollywood Kabbalah Center of Internet Memes—better known to the general public as Buzzfeed—has been the target of a few sardonic, condescending takes on their business, by critics, casual observers, and media pundits alike, some of them well-reasoned, others being generally piss-poor (see above).
Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s preternatural fear and loathing of All Things Internet recently flared up during a press interview for The Newsroom. It has now been turned into a meme.
MEMES OF MEMES
Jonah Peretti’s meme-spewing startup recently launched an original content initiative, which is already successful if not for the way in which they can simply memes by hiring people. With sharpened poaching-spears in hand, Peretti has taken from Politico (with Subject #1: Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith), Gawker, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, New York, and surely a bunch of others that are difficult to keep track of. Until now!
Fashion Week Observed
Scene: Lincoln Center, Mercedes-Benz Lounge after Mara Hoffman‘s Saturday show.
Fashion Blogger One: Have you seen that “Shit Fashion Girls Say” video??
Fashion Blogger Two: So funny!
FB One and Two: (in unison) “Oh my god, I love truffle fries!”
Occupy Wall Street
The recent downtown occupation of frustrated, furry creatures protesting the unseen hands and strings that literally control them has become, against all expectations, violent. One wouldn’t think, given their peaceful dedication to teaching children everything from the value of being somebody to the value of the number six. And yet, the police state of Sesame Street has shown them no mercy.
Memes are Buzzfeed’s business–the New York company tracks the Internet’s celebrity obsessions, favored news items and inside jokes in real time, similar to a Digg or a Reddit.
But Buzzfeed is trying to position itself as an aggregator for all the mememakers and memewatchers on the Internet. The company announced a “pop culture Read More
Goodness, look what the internet has done now. The Observer has learned that a search for the random number “241543903″ in Google’s Images search leads down a wormhole into a Dadaist conspiracy: the “heads in freezers” meme.
The meme peaked in March, but was revived recently by a post on Tumblr, according to meme-detective Jay Read More
Over the weekend members of the notorious internet board 4chan shut down the websites of the MPAA and RIAA. New media was sticking it to the olds. Today it was announced that the founder of the influential internet message board 4chan, Christopher “Moot” Poole, would be a keynote speaker at this year’s SXSW interactive. Read More