The assumption that work is a passport to dignity and security, that work is what makes life worth living, is so deeply embedded in our culture that it is almost heretical to think otherwise. But the problem isn’t just the lack of work. It’s also the lack of hope. Young people leaving school and university can no longer kid themselves that their future is likely to include a stable place to live, love and get on with growing up, even if they do manage to find paid work.

Here’s what is notably not being said to the young and desperate: you are more than your inability to find a job. Your value to a potential employer is not the sole measure of your worth as a person. If you can find only precarious, exhausting, depressing work, or if you can’t find work at all, that doesn’t mean you are useless, lazy, or a “waste of space”.

I know I don’t txt [enough/too much] because, whenever I see a screencap of someone else’s humorous txt exchange, I still have to pull out my phone to remember which side/color is the phoneholder’s.

alternate interpretation: my observation skills and/or visual memory are terrible.

I apparently did want to acknowledge the existence of this tumblr, however.

I almost decided to use this tumblr to post some thoughts and opinions about the new Lily Allen song/video "Hard Out Here", but then I realized I didn’t want to do that.

whereas the way culture works at the moment (hi RapGenius) it’s full of mechanisms to mollify and remove bafflement and it’s accompanying embarrassment or doubt, but these mechanisms only really work upwards.

Holy smokes. This, an aside in an already really interesting discussion, is the first thing to really help me get why RapGenius could be problematic—not just because of the actions of its founders, or the way jerks/trolls on the site use it, but actually in itself, from conception. 

retrogrammartown:

tomewing:

I’ve never liked the “fragmented culture” idea that much and it seems really inadequate to describe things like the reaction to Breaking Bad. In a really fragmented culture I would be basically unaware of a TV show I’ve not watched and which few of my…

I’m against Geek Boundary Policing and impressed by cosplay in general, so really it wouldn’t matter to me if this WAS a steampunk gender-swapped Joker (and thus it shouldn’t have to be defended), but still pretty satisfying to see the tables so perfectly turned on internet geek assholery.

I’m against Geek Boundary Policing and impressed by cosplay in general, so really it wouldn’t matter to me if this WAS a steampunk gender-swapped Joker (and thus it shouldn’t have to be defended), but still pretty satisfying to see the tables so perfectly turned on internet geek assholery.

Amazing headline, disturbingly convincing content.

At what point did statements like this become possible? How many years back would you have to go before someone would look at the phrase “baby name oddly short on brand potential” and have no idea what you could possibly be talking about?

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(FWIW, in the tiny corner of my brain where I’m invested in/judge the decisions of people I don’t know, I am disappointed by the decision to name this baby “North West.” Possibly because my kneejerk assumption is that parents who give their kid a gimmick name are more interested in themselves than in the kid; possibly because it’s not even a gimmick name, but a joke name, which is about three times worse; probably because it’s such an *easy* joke name, the joke that thousands of people made about the kid’s name before she had one, and Kanye particularly had seemed like one of the few people entirely enmeshed in celebrity culture who could still be surprising.)

(Is there any particularly essential writing about Kim Kardashian out there? I know very little about her at the moment.) 

oldtobegin:

there’s a mean bone in my body.

first song i heard from the first band that really got me into “indie.” haven’t listened to it in years, can hear it perfectly in my head. feels, chills, etc.

can’t watch frightened rabbit music videos. i look at every single one and just see sad bearded white dudes being sad and bearded.

BUT

can still listen to frightened rabbit music.

(and this vid’s okay.)

***

When my blood stops,
someone else’s will not.
When my head rolls off,
someone else’s will turn.
And while I’m alive,
I’ll make tiny changes to Earth.

***

"dead now" is my favorite off the new record at the moment and its lyrics are too embarrassing to transcribe

goddamit nobody in my “real life” ever wants to talk to me about kanye or ke$ha or taylor swift or m.i.a. or music videos, and i don’t use tumblr interestingly enough to have tumblr friends to talk to me about these things.

and all i want to know is, like, doesn’t the wink at the end of the “we are never ever getting back together” vid completely invalidate the entire point of the song?

and how often are long non-musical narrative sections in music vids not a terrible idea? the one in the “i knew you were trouble” vid is certainly terrible. I mean, I get the completely melodramatic “failed relationship/scorched earth” metaphor, but I didn’t need the movie-trailer voiceover to drive it home.

speaking of long non-musical narrative sections, I also may need someone to help me decide if I’m “allowed” to enjoy the exploitation-film-inspired Killer Mike "Big Beast" video even though it prominently features cannibal strippers. or is the really offensive part that the cannibal strippers only get to devour the bag of severed body parts when T.I. snaps his fingers to let them know it’s okay?

(though all honesty the non-musical narrative robbery scene after that DOES make me uncomfortable.)

anyway maybe if I promise to be more interesting more people will come hang out and talk to me about these important matters. but i probably can’t promise to be more interesting.