July 14th, 2008

Movies

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Saturday was an evening for terrible movies, and lo, a terrible movie was had. We watched the aptly-named The Condemned. And yes, wow, terrible. Dumb action following the plot to The Most Dangerous Game? Sure, that's a staple of Hollywood. Add in the interwebs and a pro wrestler? Fine. Try to shoehorn in some sort of weird ethical statement on violent media and the audience, that you never quite resolve? Uh, good work WWE Films, you just went from suck to blow. Already have like three movies set up for the next event, which I should totally make roughly monthly.

A special shout-out goes to paleotheist for her delicious rice krispy cubes. After the movie, M. and I scared everyone off by threatening to show 3000 Miles to Graceland.

Yesterday, lemonruss came over to hang out in the afternoon. Board games were played, good conversation was had. In the evening, Mr. Orochena, who no longer has an LJ, swung by. More hanging-out, pizza, and general fun. Yay for friends willing to drive over to visit with us!

Finally finished that gaming article I've been hemming and hawing over for, like, months. Not my best work, admittedly, but it's done.

Today and tomorrow, M. and I have nothing to do, and not a lot of money to do it with. So, no catching up on movies, but more hanging out around the house it seems. Currently, laundry. Next weekend: the return of Z., the world-traveler.

News

Monday must-read

"America's always had a real passion for lunatic movements. That's one of the things we're probably known for around the world, I would imagine. I think what's different about it now is that we had a relatively cohesive national society for a while. For a giant industrial country, we had a situation where pretty much everybody agreed on the same sets of facts when they talked about the news, and they believed in the media. When somebody reported something, they generally accepted that it was true. For a long time, I think that was the case in this country. But recently, because of a bunch of things - there was a general collapse in faith of the mainstream news media, because of Jayson Blair. And the 2000 election was a situation where if you were on the Bush side, you believed X set of facts, and if you were on the Democratic side, you believed Y set of facts. The wound was never healed. You got a situation where people decided to reality-shop and search for their own sets of facts at their own news sources, and they just kind of stopped coming to this common meeting-place where we all had the same commonly accepted set of facts. And because of the Internet, which is a new phenomenon, people can do that more than ever before. You can have somebody living next door to you and you can live in a completely different world from that person, which is definitely something we've never experienced before. So I think just because of the media landscape and the way we get our information now, we're more atomized and isolated from each other than ever before."

-Matt Taibbi, AV Club interview