Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2009/10 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Quick Reads: "Do Not Sell at Any Price" by Amanda Petrusich http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/quick-reads-do-not-sell-any-price-amanda-petrusich <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Do Not Sell at Any Price" class="image" src="/files/do-not-sell-at-any-price-270.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Do Not Sell at Any Price</strong></p> <p>By Amanda Petrusich</p> <p>SCRIBNER</p> <p>Once you get past the overexplaining of vinyl-era terms (gatefold album cover, etc.), Amanda Petrusich's first-person foray into the weird world of 78 rpm collectors is an engrossing romp that illuminates this cartoonish slice of nerddom so aptly portrayed in the movie <em>Crumb</em>. She catches the bug, too, embarking on a quest for 100-year-old Paramount blues 78s that takes her to flea markets and record swaps, although not, like one of her sources, to the bottom of the Milwaukee River. This obsession, Petrusich ultimately divines, is rooted as much in the (perhaps unattainable) sense of authenticity and passion crackling up from those vinyl grooves as in the earthly desire to own something rare.</p> <p><em>This review originally appeared in our <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/07" target="_blank">July/August issue</a> of</em> Mother Jones.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Books Music Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:06 +0000 Mark Murrmann 253011 at http://www.motherjones.com The Way We Live Now http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/way-we-live-now <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Methinks someone on the EPA's social team is logged into the department's brand account on their iPhone...</p> <p><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202014-07-21%20at%2010.48.30%20PM.png"></p> <p>If someone gets fired over this harmless mistake I will be genuinely outraged but I think it's ok for all of us to have a harmless chuckle.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:05:21 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256686 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain the Insanity of Our Prison System With Puppets http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/john-oliver-prison-system-sesame-street-puppets <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The United States imprisons too many people for too long for too many things. As <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pz3syET3DY&amp;app=desktop" target="_blank">John Oliver summed it up</a> last night, "We are doing a terrible job taking care of people that it is very easy for all of us not to care about."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_Pz3syET3DY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Oliver outlines a few of the prison system's flagrant injustices:</p> <ul><li>African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at <a href="http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet" target="_blank">10 times the rate of white people</a>, despite similar levels of drug use.</li> <li>Solitary confinement, which <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/solitary-confinement-shane-bauer" target="_blank"><em>Mother Jones </em>has covered</a> extensively, is "one of the most mentally excruciating things prisoners can be subjected to." Yet when&nbsp;a senator asked the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons about <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/solitary-cell-graphic" target="_blank">the size of the average isolation cell</a> during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this past February, the prison official had no idea, stalling awkwardly before <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/bop-director-prison-cell-size_n_4855865.html" target="_blank">making a wildly incorrect guess</a>.</li> <li>One in 25 prison inmates <a href="http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&amp;iid=4654" target="_blank">reported being sexually victimized</a> in the past year, yet prison rape is culturally-acceptable joke material that crops up in pop culture regularly: from <em>SpongeBob</em> to <em>Friends </em>to <em>Puss in Boots</em>.</li> <li>In an effort to cut costs, many states outsource food, health care, and even prison operations to private contractors. These cost-saving techniques have lead to <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140713/NEWS06/307130099/aramark-prison-food-privatization-michigan" target="_blank">maggot-infested food</a> in Michigan prisons and <a href="http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/5/27/whistleblower-arizonainmatesaredyingfrominadequatehealthcare.html" target="_blank">50 inmates dying in one 8-month stretch</a> in Arizona.</li> <li>Prisoner rehabilitation isn't exactly the system's focal point: Publicly-traded private prison giant Corporate Corrections of America (CCA) <a href="http://file:///Users/hlevintova/Downloads/CCA%20Q1%202011%20Investor%20Presentation%20(1).pdf" target="_blank">actually touted</a> "high recidivism" as a reason private prisons are a "unique investment opportunity."</li> </ul><p>He closes the segment by recapping the horrors of the US prison system with mock Sesame Street puppets: The PBS show has recently made <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/05/watch-amazing-sesame-street-video-about-having-parent-prison" target="_blank">efforts to reach out</a> to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/mothers-day-visit-prison-incarcerated-distance" target="_blank">1 in 28 US children</a> growing up with a parent behind bars.</p> <p>The segment's bottom line: Prisoners are not treated humanely in the United States. They're viewed as a nuisance, a problem to be tucked away in a cell and never thought of again. But when nearly <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/28/us/28cnd-prison.html?_r=0" target="_blank">1 in 100 American adults is behind bars</a>, our broken system of mass incarceration is a human rights abuse that should not be ignored.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Crime and Justice Human Rights Media Prisons Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:45:25 +0000 Katie Rose Quandt 256571 at http://www.motherjones.com "Country Funk Volume II" Is the Perfect Summer Soundtrack http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/country-funk-volume-ii-1967-1974-summer-soundtrack-review <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Various Artists<br><em>Country Funk Volume II 1967-1974</em><br> Light in the Attic</strong></p> <p><img alt="Country Funk" class="image" src="/files/LITA116_Highres_Cover_thumb_325.jpg" style="height: 230px; width: 230px; float: right;">Like its predecessor, the beguiling <em>Country Funk Volume II, 1967-1974</em> is a collection of rebels, reprobates and other outsiders blurring genres and donning different guises. Ranging from big names to cult favorites, this dud-free, 17-track romp captures Kenny Rogers in his pre-crooner, almost-psychedelic phase and the chameleon-like Bobby Darin (here billed as Bob) in his down-home hippie groove. R&amp;B greats Larry Williams and Johnny Watson team up for freaky rock and roll, while Willie Nelson tries out his outlaw persona&mdash;and likes it. Elsewhere, former Byrd Gene Clark puts a rootsy spin on the Beatles, and sleepy JJ Cale mines a deep, soulful groove. And there's plenty more to dig on this scruffy, lovably offbeat set, which makes a perfect summer soundtrack.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eCMZIA5dK4c" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:19 +0000 Jon Young 256231 at http://www.motherjones.com Fast Tracks: Reigning Sound's "You Did Wrong" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/fast-tracks-reigning-sounds-you-did-wrong <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cQaZ4hhghQo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>TRACK 5</strong></p> <p>"You Did Wrong"</p> <p>From Reigning Sound's <em>Shattered</em></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/shattered-300x300.gif"></div> <p>MERGE</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> "Where have you been, my friend? I've been calling you for days," croons Greg Cartwright, comforting a heartbroken pal in this bracing garage-soul lament.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> The Memphis multitasker has a slew of other bands on his r&eacute;sum&eacute;, such as the Oblivians and Compulsive Gamblers.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Retro floor-shakers like the Deadly Snakes and King Khan &amp; the Shrines.</p> <p><em>This review originally appeared in the </em><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/07" target="_blank">July/August 2014 Issue</a> <em>of </em>Mother Jones.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Music Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:18 +0000 Jon Young 252796 at http://www.motherjones.com Armed With a Backpack Studio and a Plane Ticket, Beat Making Lab Sows Global Activism http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/premiere-pbs-digital-studios-beat-making-lab-sets-diy-studios-around-world <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TnKSXkUtKW0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fences as far as the eye could see were topped with barbed wire. Glass bottle shards protruded from concrete walls so that no one could scale them. Some buildings were even corralled by electric barriers. They resembled fortresses&mdash;all but one. "At Yole!Africa, the walls were completely bare. Students were sitting on them," recalls Pierce Freelon, one of the founders of <a href="http://www.beatmakinglab.com/" target="_blank">Beat Making Lab</a>.</p> <p>Beat Making Lab, a project that began in 2011 as a music production and entrepreneurship class at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, had morphed into an international expedition to teach kids how to make beats and set up makeshift studios for around the world. Yole!Africa, a Congolese Center for Art and Cultural Exchange, was their first stop. "When you came in, there were two concrete slabs where artists are dancing," Freelon adds. "You don't need a dance studio with hardwood floors, with windows and a ballet bar, to put in work and do dance. You can do it in the dirt."</p> <p>They had come to lend that DIY mentality to an art-form not yet represented at Yole!Africa. With just a backpack full of gear&mdash;USB microphone, keyboard, laptop, MIDI controllers, headphones, and software&mdash;Freelon and BML cofounder, the producer/DJ Stephen Levitin (who has worked with the likes of Azealia Banks, Camp Lo, Mos Def, and Wale) set up shop in a storage room and launched their first two-week workshop. "In terms of where [art] can happen?" Freelon says, "the answer is anywhere and everywhere."</p> <p>In 2013, the duo helped produce songs from a prison in Panama. They brought beat-making tools to the beaches of Fiji. They held sessions on the streets of Senegal and Ethiopia. Along the way, they documented their experiences and created videos for the songs their students created. Here's one from Ethiopia:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4SfwcYVUYyA" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Before long, the project caught the attention of PBS, which signed on to help produce a web series. Season 2, which launches today, kicks off in Nairobi with the video at the top of this post. The beatmakers have taken a more political turn this time around. In Kenya, they partner with <a href="https://www.therules.org/en/actions/movement--2" target="_blank">/The Rules</a> (a "global movement to bring power back to people, and change the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world"), interweaving recording sessions with spoken word workshops led by Jamaican poet Staceyann Chin, and digital power-mapping workshops led by Ann Daramola (a.k.a. Afrolicious). The goal: to encourage participants to deploy art in the cause of activism.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was the ill-est thing ever," Freelon says. "Those same students who have been thinking about tax havens and queerness and patriarchy are now coming into our Beat Making Lab and making beats."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/L_Nq5FCbd0E" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Freelon and Levitin hope to keep expanding into new territory. Up next on their wish list are Palestine, Israel, India, and China. "We left Kenya saying we need not ever go back to what we were doing in 2013," Freelon says. "From this time forward we are going to have a deeper, more intentional process."</p> <p><em>Subscribe to BML's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/beatmakinglab" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a> to see the story unfold.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media International Music Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:18 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 255306 at http://www.motherjones.com Film Review: "The Newburgh Sting" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/film-review-newburgh-sting <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dLzPn-YvXXs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-newburgh-sting" target="_blank"><strong>The Newburgh Sting</strong></a></p> <p>HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS<a href="#correction">*</a></p> <p>Drawing on a trove of covert FBI video footage, this well-argued doc offers a spirited defense of four men charged in 2009 with plotting to blow up Air National Guard planes and set off bombs outside Jewish community centers in the Bronx&mdash;a story first detailed in our 2011 investigation "The Informants." The men, occasionally observant Muslims from impoverished Newburgh, New York, some with prior convictions for drug dealing, thought they would make $250,000 for the job&mdash;a life-changing sum. But it was a setup. An FBI informant provided everything: the plan, the bombs and missiles, even a car to get them to the scene of the would-be crime. Like the defendants in similar stings, the men cried entrapment but were convicted anyway. Many viewers won't sympathize with men who seemed willing to kill civilians for a price, and fair enough. But footage of the Boston Marathon bombing near the end of the film begs the question: What kinds of threats are slipping through the cracks while the FBI spends millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours setting up a crew of street hustlers in the Newburgh ghetto?</p> <p id="correction"><em>*Correction: The original version of this review, which also ran in our 2014 July/August print issue, incorrectly identified the film distributor.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Civil Liberties Crime and Justice Film and TV Supreme Court Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:17 +0000 Nick Baumann 252771 at http://www.motherjones.com Quick Reads: "Unruly Places" by Alastair Bonnett http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/quick-reads-unruly-places-alastair-bonnett <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Unruly Places" class="image" src="/files/unruly-places-250.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Unruly Places</strong></p> <p>By Alastair Bonnett</p> <p>HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT</p> <p>By now, given the pace of technology, you'd think every square inch of the planet's surface had already been discovered, scrutinized, and made accessible online. In this catalog of the world's forgotten, ignored, and phantom places, British geographer Alastair Bonnett shows us that our maps still hold plenty of secrets. Take Wittenoom, an asbestos-mining center turned ghost town in Western Australia that vanished from official records&mdash;but not from the face of the earth. Or the no man's land between Senegal and Guinea that is host to entire nationless villages. There's also Sandy Island, a South Pacific sandbar that existed on Google Earth until 2012&mdash;when an Australian expedition discovered that it never actually existed. The geography of the unknown has never been so comprehensible.</p> <p><em>This review originally appeared in our <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/07" target="_blank">July/August issue</a> of</em> Mother Jones.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Alex Park 253021 at http://www.motherjones.com Conservatives Are Freaking Out Because Comic Books Are Getting Too Real http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/conservatives-archie-captain-america-freak-out <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Before the penultimate issue of "Life With Archie" had even hit newsstands Wednesday, conservatives were preparing their outrage. As had been <a href="http://www.archiecomics.com/Blogs/tabid/97/EntryId/1563/LEGENDARY-COMIC-BOOK-CHARACTER-ARCHIE-ANDREWS-DIES-IN-JULY.aspx" target="_blank">previously announced</a>, Archie met his maker in Issue #36, heroically taking a bullet meant for his friend Kevin Keller. Keller, the series' first gay character, has been a lighting rod for controversy since <a href="http://comicsalliance.com/archie-introduces-an-openly-gay-character-kevin-keller/" target="_blank">first being introduced in 2010</a>, prompting <a href="http://time.com/3000130/singapore-has-banned-an-archie-comic-for-depicting-a-gay-wedding/" target="_blank">Singapore to ban the series</a>. After his boyfriend was murdered in a mass shooting targeting gay people, Keller was prompted to run for political office on a strictly pro-gun control platform. Archie's death appears to be a heroic, selfless act at the end of the lighthearted redhead's saga, but conservatives are in an outrage&mdash;because his killer was a homophobe.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="632" src="/files/archiedeathcover.jpg" width="471"><div class="caption">Archie Comics/AP</div> </div> <p>Christian Toto of Breitbart News' <em>Big Hollywood</em> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/theater-arts/archie-death-comic-book-angers-conservatives-article-1.1867785" target="_blank">doesn't want his kids exposed </a>to the issues Archie presents: "There's a sense in conservative circles that there are fewer and fewer places they can enjoy, stories their kids can read or movies they can see without being force-fed a message."</p> <p>Rod Dreher of the<em> American Conservative</em> r<a href="http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/archie-andrews-death-by-homophobia/" target="_blank">esponded to the news of Archie's death</a> by saying it "seems like everybody is gay in pop culture today," and expressing concern that just "2 percent" of the population is engulfing the media.</p> <p><em>Hot Air,</em> a conservative news blog, had <a href="http://hotair.com/archives/2014/07/14/archie-to-be-shot-dead-while-saving-gay-best-friend-who-called-for-gun-control/" target="_blank">this to say about Archie's last episode</a>: "Sticking Archie Andrews in the middle of an assassination narrative is like redoing 'Goofus and Gallant' so that Goofus is a meth head. When you lose the innocence, you lose part of the charm."</p> <p><em>Before It's News </em><a href="http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2014/07/archie-to-be-killed-off-saving-gay-best-friend-from-gunmans-bullet-2879932.html" target="_blank">weighed in</a> on the issue in an opinion piece: "The formerly healthy, all-American Archie Comics franchise has gone to extremes to corrupt children with a depraved liberal sexual/political agenda."</p> <p>The news swept Twitter and Facebook too, where conservatives even parodied Archie's final chapter with a cartoon featuring even more liberal agendas that could have replaced the ending:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Death with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Archie?src=hash">#Archie</a>? <a href="https://twitter.com/AUG_RickMcKee">@AUG_RickMcKee</a> nails the liberal spin in his latest editorial cartoon. <a href="http://t.co/bkBJgQOsk2">pic.twitter.com/bkBJgQOsk2</a></p> &mdash; AUG_Editorial Staff (@AUG_Editorial) <a href="https://twitter.com/AUG_Editorial/statuses/489394284286992385">July 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Homophobia killed Archie. I wish he had died defending the rights of artisanal cheesemakers vs the FDA: <a href="http://t.co/tg3AC8Bod6">http://t.co/tg3AC8Bod6</a></p> &mdash; Rod Dreher (@roddreher) <a href="https://twitter.com/roddreher/statuses/489436927913775104">July 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Archie Andrews' Liberal Brain Washing death <a href="http://t.co/9B2W4KKYkl">http://t.co/9B2W4KKYkl</a> Comics used to be funny and void of PC bull. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tcot?src=hash">#tcot</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SimpleLife?src=hash">#SimpleLife</a></p> &mdash; Richie Chin (@FxEpic) <a href="https://twitter.com/FxEpic/statuses/488835086444679168">July 14, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Will the Republicans blame Obama for the death of Archie? stay tuned...</p> &mdash; michael radowitz (@m_radowitz) <a href="https://twitter.com/m_radowitz/statuses/489501354701094912">July 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/archiereaction2.png"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/archiereaction.gif"></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Though Archie Comics Publisher Jon Goldwater told the <em><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/theater-arts/archie-death-comic-book-angers-conservatives-article-1.1867785" target="_blank">New York Daily News </a></em>that the super-charged ending "had nothing to do with politics," this is not the first time <em>Archie's</em> political storylines have raised conservative ire. In Issue #10 of the Kevin Keller series, Keller confronts a woman upset about him kissing his boyfriend in public. "I don't mind promoting my work and talking about issues," writer and artist Dan Parent<a href="#correction">*</a>, who created Keller,<a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&amp;id=47301" target="_blank"> told <em>Comic Book Resources</em></a>. Though he claims he doesn't want <em>Archie</em> to be a billboard for gay rights, he admits that "serious issues" sometimes come up in a quality storyline and that the kiss was an important part of a discussion about "tolerance and acceptance."</p> <p>The Archie death is not the only cartoon that's been criticized for its progressive qualities. Conservatives are also freaking out about Marvel Comics' decision to transform powerhouse hammer-wielder <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/07/15/thor-is-now-woman/" target="_blank">Thor into a woman</a>, and the Council of Conservative Citizens <a href="http://comicsalliance.com/racists-thor-idris-ebla-racism/" target="_blank">nearly imploded</a> when black actor Idris Elba was chosen to play a Norse God in Marvel Studios' <em>Thor</em>. Marvel's <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/17/us-books-captainamerica-idUSKBN0FM11020140717" target="_blank">recent decision</a> to make the next Captain America black is being described as "ridiculous" over Twitter, and Christian conservative groups <a href="http://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/59526/thor-captain-america-and-3-other-comic-diversity-shockers" target="_blank">threatened to boycott</a> a gay Green Lantern in 2012.</p> <p>The root of the Archie conservative ire appears to be the imposition of a political agenda. Maybe what they&rsquo;re really worried about, though, is that their lily-white heterosexual fantasyland is officially too unrealistic, even for comic books.</p> <p id="correction"><em>Correction: This post originally said that Dan Parent wrote "Life With Archie" #36. The writer was actually Paul Kupperberg.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:45:39 +0000 Jenna McLaughlin 256406 at http://www.motherjones.com Stuart Scott's Deeply Moving ESPYs Speech About Beating Cancer Will Leave You Speechless http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/stuart-scott-deeply-moving-espys-speech-about-beating-cancer-will-leave-you-spe <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>We have no words. Just watch:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0Y6hOb0c1yc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>(via <em><a href="http://digg.com/video/we-cant-write-a-headline-that-does-this-stuart-scott-speech-on-life-with-cancer-justice" target="_blank">Digg</a></em>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Sports Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:46:10 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256351 at http://www.motherjones.com Weird Al's "Blurred Lines" Parody Song About Grammar Is Pretty Great http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/lingo-dead-weird-al-alive <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8Gv0H-vPoDc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>You know the song "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU" target="_blank">Blurred Lines</a>" by Robin Thicke? It's really catchy and you hear it on the radio and you get it stuck in your head and you hum it and bob your head back and forth a bit but then you listen to the lyrics a little closer and you realize <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/13/blurred-lines-most-controversial-song-decade" target="_blank">it's maybe about date rape</a> and you get disgusted with yourself and you find the nearest mirror and point your finger in your face now and think, "Stop it! Get this date rape anthem out of your head!" but the beat is catchy and you can't just exorcise it immediately so you run desperately in search of another catchy song to take its place and you're poring over Spotify and flipping through old NOW CDs and what was that stupid song from the '90s that you used to get stuck in your head all the time? "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H5uWRjFsGc" target="_blank">Chumbawumba</a>"? So, you listen to "Chumbawumba" and it works&mdash;ta-da! "Blurred Lines" be gone!&mdash;but now you're going around singing "He drinks a whiskey drink/He drinks a vodka drink/He drinks a lager drink/He drinks a cider drink/He sings the songs that remind him of the good times/He sings the songs that remind him of the better times" all week and no one likes you because you won't stop singing "Chumbawumba" and you lose your friends and you lose your family and you lose your job but you just keep on singing "I get knocked down but I get up again/You're never gonna keep me down" right up until the time you get knocked down and in fact don't get up and are kept down and die alone in a ditch&hellip;all because you listened to "Blurred Lines."</p> <p>Well, Weird Al Yankovic has a new parody of "Blurred Lines" called "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc" target="_blank">Word Crimes</a>" which is just as catchy but about grammar instead of date rape. So, lean back, relax, and let this impressive parody get stuck in your head.</p> <p>(<em>via <a href="http://gawker.com/you-know-you-want-weird-als-robin-thicke-parody-about-g-1605291119?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&amp;utm_source=gawker_facebook&amp;utm_medium=socialflow" target="_blank">Gawker</a></em>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:51:43 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256256 at http://www.motherjones.com The Billionaire Who Wants to Split California Into 6 States Has the Most Embarrassing YouTube Feed Ever http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/tim-draper-six-californias-stripping-youtube-riskmaster <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This is a post about Tim Draper. Tim Draper is a billionaire tech investor of no particular importance who has decided that he wants to disrupt geography.&nbsp;</p> <p>Draper is the man behind the "Six Californias" initiative, which today announced that it had secured enough signatures to put a measure on the <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Six-Californias-backers-say-it-s-heading-for-5621377.php" target="_blank">2016 California ballot that would split the Golden State in to six golden states</a>. Should California be turned into six states? Maybe! I don't know. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/07/california-6-states_n_4890982.html" target="_blank">Probably not.</a> It probably doesn't make any sense. But maybe it does? Who knows! It<em> isn't </em>going to be turned into six states, that is certain, but should it in a perfect world of perfection where Tim Draper rides around on a golden steed shooting piercing laser beams of logic out of his eyes? Maybe! Leave that question to the poets, because we're here to talk about Tim Draper, "the riskmaster."</p> <p>Tim Draper is a partner in the VC firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, which has invested in Hotmail, Skype, SpaceX, and a bunch of other tech companies. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/google-diversity-labor-gender-race-gap-workers-silicon-valley" target="_blank">Silicon Valley has a well-known women problem</a>. Tim Draper does not have a women problem, though! He loves ladies in tech! Can't get enough of them! He loves them so much that he uploaded a video to YouTube aptly titled <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1-DV1Nrrow&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">"Tim Draper Shows His Appreciation for Women Entrepreneurs"</a> in which he removes one piece of clothing for every female-led company he has invested in. Because if you're Tim Draper, the way you relate to women is through the language of erotic dance. (Spoiler: He hasn't funded enough female-led companies to get naked.)</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r1-DV1Nrrow" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Moving swiftly on, here is a video of Tim Draper wrapping up a keynote speech with a song about, well, how he, Tim Draper, is the "riskmaster." What is the riskmaster? The riskmaster is the name Tim Draper calls himself. Over and over. This song is one of the worst things I have ever heard in my entire life. I cannot stop listening to it.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1mI-LXcGQgE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The chorus appears to be:</p> <p><em>He's the riskmaster.<br> Lives fast, and drives faster.<br> Skates on the edge of disaster.<br> He is the riskmaster.</em></p> <p>How many Grammys will Tim Draper win? One? Three? Six? Zero? Probably zero.</p> <p>But, Tim Draper, you do you! You have a better chance of winning six Grammys than you do of splitting California into six states.</p> <p>(<a href="https://twitter.com/tcarmody/status/488937503114530817?refsrc=email" target="_blank"><em>h/t Tim Carmody</em></a>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Tech Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:31:25 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256166 at http://www.motherjones.com Happy Birthday, Twitter! Here Are 50 Things the Media Says You've Revolutionized. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/happy-birthday-twitter-here-are-50-things-media-says-youve-revolutionized <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>Twitter launched July 15, 2006. Since soon after its inception, the media has been heralding Twitter's significance. Here is a not-at-all exhaustive list of things the media has credited Twitter with changing forever.</em></p> <p><a href="http://visualstudiomagazine.com/articles/2011/11/14/getting-the-most-out-of-twitter.aspx">Social media.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/6156240/Twestival-improving-the-world-with-social-netowrks.html">The media world.</a></p> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2013/10/04/t-twitter-changed-the-world-ipo.cnnmoney/" target="_blank">The world</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2010/03/the-spill-effect-twitter-hashtag-upends-australian-political-journalism061">The world of Australian political journalism.</a></p> <p><a href="http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/facebook-twitter-changed-uk-political-journalism_640817.html">UK Political journalism.</a></p> <p><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/how-twitter-changed-journalism-and-theres-no-going-back">Journalism.</a></p> <p><a href="http://daily-download.com/social-media-changed-journalism-entire-generation/">"Journalism for an entire generation."</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/how-twitter-is-revolutionizing-washington-relationships-20130807">Washington relationships</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-04-26/politics/35450684_1_twitter-users-social-media-service-first-tweet">Politics.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/2013/0515/How-Twitter-has-changed-local-politics">Local politics.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/republicans-challenging-obama-social-media-tools-pioneered-2008-campaign-article-1.983296?%20localLinksEnabled=false">The way politicians communicate with voters.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/03/21/twitter.birthday.communication/index.html">The way people communicate with people</a>.</p> <p>T<a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/twitter-top-10-how-twitter-198549">he way people communicate with God.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.ssf/2011/06/tweet_talk_from_the_associatio.html">The study of&nbsp;language</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2011/03/5-ways-twitter-has-changed-education/">Education</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120015220">The job hunt</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2012/01/05/twitter-game-changer-small-business">Small business</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.crn.com/blogs-op-ed/the-chart/218000052/how-twitter-is-changing-technology-for-business.htm">Technology for business.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2008-11-04/twitter-changes-the-game-for-pitchingbusinessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice">Corporations.</a></p> <p><a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2009/sep/28/business/fi-books28">The corporate world.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2008-11-04/twitter-changes-the-game-for-pitchingbusinessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice">The way we pitch ideas in the corporate world</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://techcrunch.com/2009/10/20/comcast-twitter-has-changed-the-culture-of-our-company/">The culture of Comcast.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9225443/In_6_years_Twitter_becomes_major_social_political_player">Pop culture</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://nyconvergence.com/2010/03/twitter-changes-ballets-public-face-in-nyc.html">The face of ballet in NYC.&nbsp; </a></p> <p><a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FP990501">The way we watch TV.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maggie-furlong/tv-networks-on-twitter_b_1525489.html">The business of TV.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/how-twitter-is-changing-tv-as-we-know-it-2013-6">TV "as we know it".</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.indiewire.com/article/tv-in-the-age-of-social-media-sxsw">The way TV is made.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/how-twitter-changed-the-way-ed-burns-makes-movies.php">The way Ed Burns makes movies</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/twitter-music-industry_b7279">The way Snoop Dogg makes music.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/technology/personaltech/11basics.html?_r=0">The way people in Los Angeles eat.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Bollywood-Clicks/890119/">The way people in India talk to celebrities.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/6591324/Stephen-Fry-says-Twitter-lets-celebrities-bypass-media.html">The way celebrities talk to people. </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/social.media/09/06/kanye.west.twitter/">The way Kanye West apologizes.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.mpnnow.com/business/spreed/x1846687298/Twitter-changes-business-of-celebrity-endorsements">The way celebrities endorse things</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/20/tech/social-media/seven-years-twitter">Gilbert Godfried.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/books/review/how-has-twitter-changed-the-role-of-the-literary-critic.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">The literary critic</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9137910/How-Twitter-is-changing-the-literary-world.html">The literary world. </a></p> <p><a href="http://readwrite.com/2009/06/19/how_twitter_is_changing_the_world_of_professional#awesm=~odMVh66RaCEyHU">The world of professional poker</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/the_bonus/06/05/twitter.sports/">Sports.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/feature_twitter_2012_02_21.html">The relationship between athletes and sports fans.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.theskichannel.com/news/20100416/how-technologies-like-twitter-and-facebook-have-revolutionized-the-ski-industry/">The ski industry.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/14/how-twitter-changed-the-gaming-industry" target="_blank">The gaming industry.</a></p> <p><a href="http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-07-05/news/os-casey-anthony-twitter-facebook-20110704_1_casey-anthony-trial-anthony-case-social-media">The Casey Anthony trial.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/21/opinion/clinton-steyer-internet-kids">Children.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.salon.com/2010/07/29/old_people_facebook_win/">Old people.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2350572/Seven-parents-turn-social-networks-communicate-children-Twitter-Facebook-replace-family-chats.html">The way old people interact with children. </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4048492.html">The way hotels interact with customers</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mid-day.com/specials/2010/dec/121210-twitter-travel-twitchhiker.htm">Travel.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/31164/dread-central-twittering-live-sets-crazies-and-h2">The way everyone does things.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Tech Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:03:31 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256136 at http://www.motherjones.com In Defense Of Selfies: Rembrandt http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/on-this-day-rembrandt-selfie <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Millennials get a lot of heat for the whole "selfie" thing. But what is a selfie? Most of the time the term refers to people taking photos of themselves&mdash;arms outstretched&mdash;with their phones. But the phone part really isn't important. I think most good people can agree that a selfie is any picture you take of yourself. But what if you put a camera on a tripod and use a timer? is that a selfie? I would venture, yes. What if we dispense with the camera entirely and talk straight self-portraits?</p> <p>The truth is the selfie has a noble heritage in high art. Take Rembrandt for instance, who was born <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rembrandt" target="_blank">July 15, 1606</a>. One of the greatest artists of all time, Rembrandt completed more than 60 self-portraits. (You can check out many of them and more of Rembrandt's works <a href="http://www.rembrandtpainting.net/complete_catalogue/start_self_portraits.htm" target="_blank">here</a>.)</p> <p><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Rembrandt.png"></p> <p>So anyway, the next time some stick in the mud tells you that selfies are what's wrong with America just be all, "What about Rembrandt, man? What about Rembrandt?" Then float away up into the clouds.</p> <p>Have a nice day.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:16:19 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256131 at http://www.motherjones.com The Sad, Danceable Pop Songs of Bleachers' Jack Antonoff http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/bleachers-jack-antonoff-strange-desire <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>You might not have heard of Jack Antonoff, the mastermind of the indie-pop project, Bleachers, but he's definitely made you dance. The 30-year-old, best known as the lead guitarist of <a href="http://www.ournameisfun.com/" target="_blank">Fun</a> (and <a href="http://www.people.com/article/jack-antonoff-lena-dunham-act-like-old-couple" target="_blank">Lena Dunham's boo</a>) has co-written a number of addictive hits, including Fun's Grammy-winning "We Are Young" and Sara Bareilles' "Brave." Now he's turning his attention to his solo project, Bleachers, with the aim of making you <a href="http://kroq.cbslocal.com/2014/05/15/with-bleachers-debut-strange-desire-jack-antonoff-tackles-love-loss-high-school/" target="_blank">dance and cry at the same time.</a> "I lost my sister when I was 18, and I felt it was the monumental thing that happened in my life," Antonoff told me. "Now I'm 30, I write from that time, in the perspective of how it's affected me now." He tries to "find ways to move about the world and not feel broken all the time."</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/bleacherscover.jpg"></div> <p>Antonoff says he wrote <em>Strange Desire</em>&mdash;his new album out this week&mdash;while driving alone at night, up and down the New Jersey Turnpike. His listeners, he believes, are excited when they get to hear, "more intense concepts than what might be going in the radio." On that note, he takes pains to attend to his fans. He announced the album through a <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-antonoff-details-bleachers-album-via-craigslist-ad-20140515" target="_blank">Craigslist ad</a>, asking people to do their own remixes of one of the singles. He later unveiled the album art by delivering it on a chocolate birthday cake to a group of fans. "What fanbases don't need is another obnoxious hash-tag campaign," he jokes.</p> <p>On the surface, <em>Strange Desire</em> is a dance-party album, but it's the kind of party you're having alone, in your room, after everyone has gone home and your crush is making out with someone else. On the song "I Wanna Get Better," Antonoff sings, "Standing on the overpass screaming at cars / Hey, I wanna get better!" My favorite track is "Rollercoaster," a love song soaked in regret.</p> <p>It shouldn't come as a surprise that Antonoff <a href="http://kroq.cbslocal.com/2014/05/15/with-bleachers-debut-strange-desire-jack-antonoff-tackles-love-loss-high-school/" target="_blank">likes</a> Swedish pop star Robyn, of "Dancing on My Own" fame. More generally, he's a fan of songs that feel "epic and larger than life" while also making "you want to curl up and die." (He cites Bruce Springsteen, ABBA, Tom Waits, and Neil Young as artists who can fall into that category.) His album title, Antonoff says, comes from the feeling that he's "motivated by a strange desire. It pushes you, it fulfills you in a strange way. But it kind of kills you at the same time."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/o5osPtE7kXI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:29:15 +0000 Dana Liebelson 256031 at http://www.motherjones.com This Video of a Sudden Freak Hail Storm at the Beach Is Insane http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/there-are-no-atheists-in-hail-storms <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idjyusDUGSc" target="_blank">video</a> was reportedly taken at a beach in Siberia Saturday. It is terrifying.</p> <p>Imagine just being at the beach, enjoying your weekend, when all of a sudden IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/idjyusDUGSc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>(<em>via <a href="http://digg.com/video/hail-beach-siberia" target="_blank">Digg)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:11:35 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256041 at http://www.motherjones.com Germany Just Won the World Cup—and Celebrated With This Epic Selfie http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/germany-just-won-world-cup-selfie <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Just after <a href="http://www.espnfc.us/fifa-world-cup/story/1948310/germany-1-0-argentina-mario-gotze-seals-fourth-world-cup-triumph" target="_blank">beating Argentina 1-0 </a>in the final game of the 2014 World Cup, Germany's Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger snapped one the most epic selfies ever.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>AHA! <a href="http://t.co/iK5hbfm7Hr">pic.twitter.com/iK5hbfm7Hr</a></p> &mdash; Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) <a href="https://twitter.com/Podolski10/statuses/488445583104155648">July 13, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>World Cup selfie <a href="http://t.co/ZQMB5Tv1uB">pic.twitter.com/ZQMB5Tv1uB</a></p> &mdash; Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) <a href="https://twitter.com/HuffingtonPost/statuses/488443834083577856">July 13, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Sports World Cup 2014 Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:11:56 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256036 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Is a Video Of a Crane Destroying a Truck http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/here-video-crane-destroying-truck <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>So, as the <em><a href="http://www.dailydot.com/lol/crane-operator-smash-truck/" target="_blank">Daily Dot</a> </em>points out, <a href="http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ccd_1405124702" target="_blank">this video</a> is almost certainly staged, but who cares? It's nuts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=96e4f3a03272" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:37:25 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256011 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is How HBO Makes the World of "Game Of Thrones" So Spectacularly Real http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/how-hbo-makes-world-game-thrones-so-spectacularly-real <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Season four of "Game of Thrones" is up for <a href="http://www.emmys.com/sites/default/files/Downloads/66th-nominations-list-v2.pdf" target="_blank">19 awards</a> at the 66th Emmys, including Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. This <a href="http://vimeo.com/100095868" target="_blank">recently released video</a> shows how HBO's visual effects wizards&mdash;led by VE Supervisors Joe Bauer and Joern Grosshans&mdash;make George R.R. Martin's books not only come alive but truly jump out of the screen.</p> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/100095868" target="_blank">Watch</a>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/100095868" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="630"><br></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:42:11 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 255951 at http://www.motherjones.com Lebron James Is Going Back to Cleveland http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/lebron-james-going-back-cleveland <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers" target="_blank">Boom. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Sports Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:39:17 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 255961 at http://www.motherjones.com Singer and Hardcore LGBT Rights Supporter Demi Lovato Made This Lovely Video for Marriage Equality http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/demi-lovato-gay-rights-video-marriage-equality-human-rights-campaign <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zx5GjuKr--0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Singer and actress <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demi_Lovato#Philanthropy" target="_blank">Demi Lovato</a> is a strong <a href="https://twitter.com/ddlovato/status/349907949323436032" target="_blank">supporter</a> of LGBT rights. She played a lesbian character on Fox's <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/videos/glee-recap-guest-star-demi-lovato-shares-lesbian-kiss-20131004" target="_blank"><em>Glee</em></a>, served as the <a href="http://www.out.com/entertainment/music/2014/06/27/demi-lovato-pride-2014%E2%80%99s-mvp" target="_blank">Grand Marshal</a> of the Los Angeles Pride Parade this year, and has <a href="http://roygbiv.jezebel.com/demi-lovato-releases-new-video-supporting-marriage-equa-1602732616/+burtreynoldsismyspiritguide1" target="_blank">spoken openly</a> about her grandfather's homosexuality. "I believe in gay marriage, I believe in equality," Lovato told <a href="http://www.cambio.com/2013/11/22/demis-new-image-neon-lights-was-my-grown-up-sexy-video/" target="_blank"><em>Cambio</em></a> magazine. "I think there's a lot of hypocrisy with religion&hellip;I just found that you can have your own relationship with God, and I still have a lot of faith."</p> <p>Now, she's made a <a href="https://twitter.com/ddlovato/status/487028791202422785" target="_blank">video</a> (watch above) with the Human Rights Campaign in support of marriage equality. The video, <a href="http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/demi-lovato-stars-in-web-video-for-hrcs-americans-for-marriage-equality-cam" target="_blank">released</a> on Wednesday, is part of HRC's recently re-launched Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, which includes messages from <a href="http://americansformarriageequality.org/videos/videos-hillary-clinton-supports-marriage-equality#1" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton</a>, <a href="http://americansformarriageequality.org/videos/videos-bryan-cranston-supports-marriage-equality#1" target="_blank">Bryan Cranston</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://americansformarriageequality.org/videos/videos-monique-stands-up-for-marriage-equality#5" target="_blank">Mo'Nique</a>, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS641L5khMI" target="_blank">Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman</a>. Here is Lovato's message:</p> <blockquote> <p>Hey, guys, I'm Demi Lovato, and I'm an American for marriage equality. I believe that love comes in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. So whether you're LGBT or straight, your love is valid, beautiful, and an incredible gift. So let's protect love and strengthen the institution of marriage by allowing loving, caring, and committed same-sex couples to legally marry. Please join me and the <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/169640/sex-marriage-support-reaches-new-high.aspx" target="_blank">majority</a> of American citizens who support marriage equality.</p> </blockquote> <p>"We reached out to her [a couple months ago] knowing what a supporter of LGBT equality she is, and thought she would be great for this campaign," <a href="http://www.hrc.org/blog/author/charlie-joughin" target="_blank">Charles Joughin</a>, an HRC spokesman, told <em>Mother Jones</em>. He also mentioned that they have more Americans for Marriage Equality videos lined up featuring other big names, from pro-athletes and movie stars to politicians and civil rights leaders. HRC will likely be released one video a week over the coming months.</p> <p>When asked if Lovato has any further plans to work with the LGBT civil rights group, Joughin said that nothing was discussed, but that they'd be more than happy to do so. "She certainly has done a lot for the larger movement&hellip;We haven't taken it into consideration, but we're such big fans of her we'd be thrilled to work with her in the future. Whether she's doing work with HRC, or elsewhere, I am certain this is a cause she's very committed to."</p> <p>Now check out this video about Lovato sticking it to Russian president Vladimir Putin (and his <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/02/world-congress-families-russia-gay-rights" target="_blank">anti-gay policies</a>) during her New York City gay pride performance this summer. During the show, two of Lovato's male backup dancers shared a kiss; <a href="https://twitter.com/ddlovato/statuses/483439394213224448" target="_blank">one</a> of them appeared to be naked and was holding a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-28113228" target="_blank">picture of Putin's face over his crotch</a>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dSQnSJKcg5Y" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Gay Rights Human Rights Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:22:07 +0000 Asawin Suebsaeng 255846 at http://www.motherjones.com For God's Sake, Stop What You're Doing and Go Buy Tickets to See Nick Cave http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/go-buy-tickets-nick-cave-bad-seeds <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Nick Cave at San Francisco's Warfield Theater on July 8" class="image" src="/files/NickCavetopart.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Nick Cave at San Francisco's Warfield Theater on July 8 </strong>Michael Rosenthal</div> </div> <p>Most concert reviews are ponderous, so I'll keep this one short: The quirky, passionate Australian musician Nick Cave, who <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/magazine/i-am-the-real-nick-cave.html" target="_blank">was profiled</a> in Sunday's <em>New York Times Magazine</em> if you care to read up on his latest doings, basically just renewed my faith in rock and roll&mdash;a concept that this scrawny, sexy, histrionic, 56-year-old love child of David Bowie and Tom Waits and something much darker more or less embodies.</p> <p>Regardless of whether you've kept up with his oeuvre (I certainly haven't) or can even name any Nick Cave songs, he's a fabulous performer whom you need to see before you die&mdash;or before <em>he</em> does. Last night, during his second sold-out evening at San Francisco's Warfield Theater, the audience was smitten as Cave bounced around the stage like a gothic scarecrow, styled out in his signature dark suit and black velvet, taking full advantage of his rich voice and theatrical tendencies.</p> <p>Reaching into the front rows, and occasionally throwing himself halfway down into them, Cave connects intimately and powerfully with his audience, leavening lyrical intensity with dark humor: Within the twisted landscape of "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GWsdqCYvgw" target="_blank">Higgs Boson Blues</a>," Cave croons: "If I die tonight, bury me / In my favorite yellow patent leather shoes / With a mummified cat and a cone-like hat / That the caliphate forced on the Jews." On the contemporary track "We Real Cool," he sings, "Wikipedia is heaven / When you don't want to remember no more." And if you've never heard Cave's unique take on "Stack-O-Lee" or "Stagger Lee" (or however you choose to write the name of the old murder ballad), well, yeah. It's not much like <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2011/04/stack-o-lee-stagolee-blues-murder-ballads" target="_blank">the other hundred versions</a> you might have heard.</p> <p>Cave's talented band, the Bad Seeds, is a marvelous cast of characters to boot, especially the guy I'm calling the Mad Fiddler (and flautist, guitar, keyboard, and mandolin player). All wild hair and long, scraggly half-gray beard, he attacks his violin like some deranged fiddler on the roof. Together the Bad Seeds highlight Cave's quieter moments with subtlety, exploding with their bandleader when the time is right into mad catharsis. Rock and fucking roll at its finest. Tour dates are <a href="http://nickcave.com/live/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kMOFXv8PQ2Y?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:01:25 +0000 Michael Mechanic 255791 at http://www.motherjones.com George R.R. Martin Has 2 Words for People Scared He'll Die Before Finishing "Game Of Thrones" Series http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/george-r-r-martin-death-watch-game-thrones-series <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2013/03/hbo-game-thrones-season-3-interview-david-benioff-dan-weiss" target="_blank"><em>Game of Thrones</em></a> author George R.R. Martin is 65 years old. Because of this, some of his fans are <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/11/110411fa_fact_miller?currentPage=all" target="_blank">deeply worried</a> that he won't finish writing his <em>A Song of Ice And Fire</em> fantasy book series (which began in 1996, and is the basis for <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/06/game-of-thrones-attack-ads" target="_blank">the hit HBO show</a>) before he dies. (See: the case of fellow fantasy author <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/news/2007/oct/17/guardianobituaries.books1" target="_blank">Robert Jordan</a>.)</p> <p>Well, he was asked about this during a recent interview with Swiss newspaper <a href="http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/kultur/buecher/Ich-kenne-das-Ende-der-Geschichte-seit-Jahren/story/13757457" target="_blank"><em>Tages-Anzeiger</em></a>. Here's his response:</p> <blockquote> <p>Well, I find that question, you know, pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health. So, 'fuck you' to those people. <em>[Laughs.]</em></p> </blockquote> <p>You can watch the "fuck you"&mdash;and Martin's accompanying flipped middle finger&mdash;<a href="http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/panorama/leute/Fuck-You-to-those-people/story/24094113" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>This isn't the first time Martin has addressed this concern among his readers. In 2012, he wrote a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/05/george-rr-martin-trolls-his-trolls" target="_blank">blog post</a> trolling his fans who are so obsessed with the series that they routinely <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/11/110411fa_fact_miller?currentPage=all" target="_blank">berate</a> him for working on other projects. It <a href="http://grrm.livejournal.com/279376.html" target="_blank">reads</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Reading. I just finished THE KING'S BLOOD, the second volume of Daniel Abraham's "Dagger and Coin" series. Books like this remind me why I love epic fantasy. Yes, I'm prejudiced, Daniel is a friend and sometime collaborator... but damn, that was a good book. Great world, great characters, thoroughly engrossing story. The only problem was, it ended too soon. I want more. I want to know what happens to Cithrin, and Marcus, and Geder, and Clara. And I want to know NOW. God damn you, Daniel Abraham. I know for a fact that you are writing more Expanse books with Ty, and more urban fantasies as M.L.N. Hanover, and doing short stories for some hack anthologist, and scripting some goddamn COMIC BOOK, and even sleeping with your wife and playing with your daughter. STOP ALL THAT AT ONCE, and get to writing on the next Dagger and Coin. I refuse to wait.</p> </blockquote> <p>"Fuck you" is more succinct.</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">(</span><em style="line-height: 2em;">h/t </em><a href="http://gawker.com/george-r-r-martin-fuck-you-if-you-think-i-wont-finish-1602308837?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_twitter&amp;utm_source=gawker_twitter&amp;utm_medium=socialflow" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">Gawker</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">)</span></p></body></html> Mixed Media Books Film and TV Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:38:37 +0000 Asawin Suebsaeng 255751 at http://www.motherjones.com Thailand's New Military Government Is Secretly Vacuuming Up Facebook Data http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/facebook-thailand-military-false-login <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Despite all the ways Facebook has flouted privacy standards&mdash;like how <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/06/facebook-made-you-sad-for-science" target="_blank">it recently experimented</a> with 700,000 users' emotions by manipulating the positive and negative content of their newsfeeds&mdash;the company hasn't yet provided personal data to oppressive governments. But that didn't deter the Thai junta. When Facebook <a href="https://govtrequests.facebook.com/country/Thailand/2013-H2/" target="_blank">refused to help</a> Thailand's newly installed military government access users' personal information, the junta created a misleading Facebook application to capture its citizens' names and email addresses.&nbsp;</p> <p>As you might remember, back in May, after months of anti-government protests, Thailand's military staged <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/23/world/asia/thailand-military-coup.html?_r=0" target="_blank">a coup</a>.<strong> </strong>Once in power, the military suspended the constitution, installed a 10 p.m. curfew, banned gatherings of more than five people, and attempted to suppress dissidents&mdash;including any of the <a href="http://www.techinasia.com/thailand-social-media-stats-28-million-facebook-45-million-twitter-17-million-instagram/" target="_blank">estimated 28 million Thai users</a> on Facebook, a third of the country's population. On May 29, the new government tried to have a meeting with social-media companies, including Facebook, to discuss censoring Thailand's anti-coup dissent, but <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/social-media-companies-skip-meeting-with-thai-junta-1401373919" target="_blank">none of them showed up</a>.</p> <p>But the Thai junta didn't take this as a sign to give up on tapping into the power of social media. Instead, as the <a href="https://www.eff.org/" target="_blank">Electronic Frontier Foundation</a> reports, the junta placed a Facebook login button to track users on more than 200 of the government's restricted websites, like <a href="http://www.hrw.org/" target="_blank">the webpage of Human Rights Watch</a>.</p></body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/mixed-media/2014/07/facebook-thailand-military-false-login"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> Mixed Media Civil Liberties International Tech Top Stories Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Lei Wang 255556 at http://www.motherjones.com Fast Tracks: Beverly's "All the Things" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/fast-tracks-beverlys-all-things-careers <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/e5ikUwP1WIQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>TRACK 4</strong></p> <p>"All the Things"</p> <p>From Beverly's <em>Careers</em></p> <p>KANINE</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/careers-300x300.gif"></div> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> Urgent yet dreamy, this breathtaking dose of psychedelia mixes ethereal female harmonies, a soaring melody, and surging beats to dazzling effect.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> The Brooklyn duo features singer Drew Citron and noise-pop vet Frankie Rose. <em>Careers</em> falls between the lo-fi buzz of Frankie Rose and the Outs and the cooler electronica of Rose's recent solo work.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Vivian Girls, early Dum Dum Girls, or Quilt.</p> <p><em>This review originally appeared in the </em><a href="http://&lt;div%20class=%22inline%20inline-right%22%20style=%22display:%20table;%20width:%201%%22&gt;&lt;img%20alt=%22%22%20class=%22image%22%20src=%22/files/careers-300x300.gif%22%20/&gt;&lt;/div&gt;" target="_blank">July/August 2014</a> Issue <em>of</em> Mother Jones.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Music Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:00:06 +0000 Jon Young 252786 at http://www.motherjones.com