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The Internet Age of Mean.

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President Obama’s extraordinary eulogy in Charleston, SC.

A black man and a white woman switch mics, and show us a thing or two about privilege.

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Bobby Jindal’s bizarre hidden camera announcement to his kids that he’s running for President.

Meh, cisgender, jeggings, and other new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Arthur shares the Father’s Day message from Upworthy.

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Serena Williams Is America’s Greatest Athlete. It was true last September when the article was written, and after her French Open win, still applicable.

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Comedy Central in the Post-TV Era: “What’s the difference between a segment on a TV show and the exact same segment on a YouTube channel? Tens of thousands of dollars.”

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Farewell, James Horner, who composed a lot of music for movies I’ve seen.

Jim Ed Brown of the Browns singing trio (“The Three Bells”) passed away at the age of 81.

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A Stevie Wonder cover: Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – Jacob Collier.

Muppets: Thor, God of Thunder.

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Bloggers ADD has met, including yours truly.

Arthur takes the ‘I Side With’ quiz.

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3 Responses to “June rambling #2: composer James Horner, and coloring books”

  • fillyjonk says:

    The whole meanness on the internet thing: I see some of it, mostly third-hand. It distresses me. A lot of stuff that is said is NOT something a person would say to another person face-to-face.

    (And while I try to avoid being mean, at times I have snarked about things, and I feel bad about that)

    I don’t find I get meanness directed at me, despite the much-ballyhooed observation that women on the Web are targets. I don’t know if it’s that I tend to avoid most of the places where vitriol flows freely, or if I keep my profile low (a blog that relatively few read and with moderated comments – though I’ve never got a mean comment that I have to think about “do I post this or not?”, a “secured” (or whatever you call it) Twitter account, and Ravelry, where the people by and large are nice). I don’t know if my tendency to generally be civil to others and to back away when the feces really start to be flung has anything to do with it, either.

    I admit I grind my teeth a little when some commentator talks about how the internet is “bad” because it allows people to be mean to each other or some such. The internet is a tool, like a hammer. You can use a hammer to help build a house for someone or you can use it to bash their toes; how you use it is up to you. The internet isn’t bad; it’s the bad behavior of some people on the internet.

    I like the internet because I’m shy and some of my interests are a little specialized (I know very few other people in town who knit, for example) and it allows me to have some form of friendship with people far from me (and people v. different from me, which is nice too)

  • Roger says:

    Fillyjonk -I think it’s worse in some arenas than others. The gaming community has had some notorious examples. And any field where women are well outnumbered by men, those “uppity” women are often intimidated and even threatened.

  • CGHill says:

    Before the Internet, there were [your choice of pejorative] who simply had to have the last word. They’re just easier to find today.

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