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Tumblr Followship Of The Ring

I’ve been reminded of why I love my tumblr community so much yet again as I’ve received these nice birthday wishes from so many of my favorite tumblr peeps. And I’ve noticed that the people who like me, and whom I like, all have similar tumblrs. We each have our things we’re passionate about (usually represented by what we reblog), things like Star Wars, science, faith, humor, romance, music, wrestling or what have you. But we all also produce something original, even if it’s just some pictures or some rants. And all of our tumblrs feel “alive.” Our personalities come through and we interact sincerely with people we have never met. We don’t just post Sherlock gifs and complain about fifth period algebra (no offense…well, a little offense).

So I’ve been thinking that I’m tempted to make up some kind of “Good Housekeeping Seal Of Approval” to identify those tumblrs. Yes, it would likely be quite subjective, but I feel like I want a list of links on my homepage for people so that they know that if they like my style, they might like Un, or Culby, or iambal, or the baffled, or tacgnol. Even though the interests of those individuals couldn’t be more different, they all represent the best of what tumblr can be.

They’re my phony baloney Internet family. And I love them!

So I should probably just start by doing something like a “Follow Friday” posting. I know I’ll miss some, but I can always add to the list at any time.

And then we’ll need a logo.

A kick ass logo.

Ag

Thanks to kathartie (I’m HUGE with young women in New Zealand), angelwithbadhabits (who probably reblogs me more than anyone…thanks!), and aerissa (one of my most consistent supporters who regularly overcomes her chronic Canadianism to recommend me regardless of her stunning anti-americanism) for the recommendations in the humor category. Thanks to the five others who recommended me. As I fall asleep tonight I imagine all five are models to find me irresistable. It could happen. I have at least one who I know follows me and she’s pretty cool and follow worthy as are my three friends above!

As always I am grateful for anyone who takes the time to visit and humbled that anyone would recommend me. Thanks!

I’ve decided to use this space each week to let you know the very cool blogs I recommend each week. This week I recommended thebaffled in the humor category. One of the most consistently amusing and interesting sources of content on my dashboard, thebaffled is a far too hidden treasure on tumblr. Follow!

Thanks, Everyone!

All of this is in keeping with our present miasmic moment: Leaders who avoid the public at all costs; news that is not about anything real; half-baked apps instead of meaningful political engagement; and food options consisting of empty carbohydrates industrially pressed into various shapes. The hackathon was an expression of our country’s authentic democratic spirit in exactly the same way that its participants were afforded the choice of three flavors of Doritos.
For all their blatant hackery, Samsung’s Recharge ads achieve a marketing breakthrough of sorts: they combine the self-congratulatory exclusivity of hipsterdom with the indelible smarminess of sponsored content. In this regard, they pretty much pick up where the company’s ubiquitous Lebron-and-Jay-Z NBA Finals commercials left off, only without the celebrity Q-ratings. Instead, the limelight’s reserved for hip, cosmopolitan American cities like Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, New York City, and New Orleans—each bearing eloquent testimony to the footloose discernment of the Samsung’s ideal-type creative-class user base. Before-and-after style photo collages, of the sort favored by weight-loss commercials, frame each faux-article in yet another unsubtle effort to highlight the Galaxy 6’s higher pixel-count and richer resolution. The photos typically feature a hipster hot spot or tourist-chic art fixture—the sort of venues that won’t be preserved for posterity should the dreary iPhone indoctrinated masses fail to take advantage of the Samsung-branded “30 Minute Recharge” trumpeted in the series title.
The Samsung-Slate partnership may be eminently mockable, but it represents a serious trend in digital advertising. In a 2014 Fortune article about the boom in sponsored content, writer Erin Griffin defined it as “the sort of advertising that looks very much like editorial content but is, in fact, directly paid for by an advertiser.” Also known as “native advertising” and “advertorial” copy, it’s been vaunted as “the holy grail of digital publishing.” Put another way, sponsored content is the news media equivalent of product placement in the film and television world. Both are forms of what’s known as “embedded marketing,” an elaborate gimmick that’s supposed to psychologically trick viewers-cum-consumers into subconsciously associating with the brands by placing soft-drinks, computers, and cell phones into narrative spaces. The trick doesn’t always work, however: according to a study Griffin cites in her piece, most people don’t trust or entirely understand branded content.
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The Branded, the Sponsored, and the Native - The Baffler

A little odious because sponsored content is cop out. Instead of developing a product – sorry – that attracts a paying audience, they whore instead.

That said, how much worse is sponsored content than the spew of lies published and broadcast anyway?

As marketing overwhelms university life, it generates documents about fostering imagination and creativity that might just as well have been designed to strangle imagination and creativity in the cradle. No major new works of social theory have emerged in the United States in the last thirty years. We have been reduced to the equivalent of medieval scholastics, writing endless annotations of French theory from the seventies, despite the guilty awareness that if new incarnations of Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, or Pierre Bourdieu were to appear in the academy today, we would deny them tenure.

There was a time when academia was society’s refuge for the eccentric, brilliant, and impractical. No longer. It is now the domain of professional self-marketers. As a result, in one of the most bizarre fits of social self-destructiveness in history, we seem to have decided we have no place for our eccentric, brilliant, and impractical citizens.

Another idea gaining in popularity, most recently in the work of German sociologist Wolfgang Streeck, is that Friedrich Hayek invented Europe. In an obscure text from 1939, the Austrian economist and father of neoliberalism argued that loose political federation combined with free trade and investment would guarantee a minimal social state.
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Friedrich Hayek and the Void-oids - The Baffler

The fewer the restrictions, the broader and deeper and bigger the prosperity.

That system’s really worked well.