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Tinymixtapes is consistently the best site for music/film criticism on the internet. Every wannabe SJW on tumblr should read this.

"Do we believe that exposure to offensive art actually breeds prejudice in easily-influenced viewers? If so, wouldn’t The Atlantic and Flavorwire actually have created a bunch of racists by increasing the exposure of Miley Cyrus’s twerking? Put differently: if someone made an unintentionally racist music video and nobody saw it, would it actually harm anyone?"

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Numerous other readings of popular culture similarly fixed overly-specific signifiers onto overly-broad categories of identity. New Zealand singer Lorde’s song “Royals,” which critiques pop music’s emphasis on signifiers of wealth such as “Gold teeth/ Grey Goose/ Trippin’ in the bathroom/ Bloodstains/ Ball gowns/ Trashing the hotel room” and “Crystal/ Maybach/ Diamonds on your timepiece/ Jet planes/ Islands/ Tigers on a gold leash” was also criticized for being racist.

Again, if anything’s offensive, it’s the assumption implicit in that accusation about the relationship between “Crystal” or “gold teeth” and “black people in general.” Art’s transformative power comes, in part, from its ability to decouple symbols from their original contexts (here, rap music videos) and reconfigure them in new ones (American cultural imperialism and global capitalism), in the process stripping signifier from signified to create new spaces for meaning-making. But offense criticism attempted to superglue as many signifiers as possible onto race, gender, and sexuality, weighing down our ability to deconstruct them, rebuild them, or think outside their restrictive confines.

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2013: On Being Offended by Benjamin Pearson.

This such a satisfying article to read and the perfect antidote to most of the internet this year.

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Thanks, Fairmanrants!

Favorite 30 Films of 2013 @Tiny Mix Tapes

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This is the best list of the best films of the year, and I’m not just saying that because I edit the film section at Tiny Mix Tapes. Yeah, I kinda thought Upstream Color and Before Midnight was schmaltzy, and Gravity was overrated narratively if not visually. But still: what other film list had Spring Breakers at number one? Or had The Rambler at all? For sure none had Black Box, which hasn’t even scored a distribution deal yet. Also, damn, this list has so many well-written blurbs on it. 2013 was an insanely good year for movies; they just didn’t make it to your multiplexes. 

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2013-favorite-30-films-of-2013

Arrington de Dionyso Interview

2013 Clearing House: I forgot to post that I interviewed incredible musician/self-trained ethnomusicologist/visual artist/amateur Indonesian speaker Arrington de Dionyso at Tiny Mix Tapes. It’s a long-ass interview, conducted over the course of like 1.5 years, but it really sheds some light on his creative process and gives an alternative perspective to 2013’s reductive criticisms of “cultural appropriation.” 

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/arrington-de-dionyso

Urban Farming

garbagetrain:

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I have this thing that whenever I hear someone talk about urban farms and how people are raising chickens deep in the heart of the city I always think about some hard dude from the streets and how he might keep his chickens in line. Exasperated, I imagine him asking his chickens, all sinister, “You lookin’ to get plucked on?” I hope that’s actually happened.

I wrote this big thing for Tiny Mix Tapes about how the industry of the professionally offended ruined our ability to interact with art in 2013. 
"As we reduced our discourse about music, TV shows, film, and music videos to lowest-common-denominator ideological critiques about their representations (or lack thereof) of race, gender, and sexuality, we constricted both the communicative and transformative possibilities of art in general. Including its ability to promote social change." http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2013-on-being-offended

I wrote this big thing for Tiny Mix Tapes about how the industry of the professionally offended ruined our ability to interact with art in 2013

"As we reduced our discourse about music, TV shows, film, and music videos to lowest-common-denominator ideological critiques about their representations (or lack thereof) of race, gender, and sexuality, we constricted both the communicative and transformative possibilities of art in general. Including its ability to promote social change." http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2013-on-being-offended

I reviewed the movie Computer Chess at Tiny Mix Tapes. 
“While singlehandedly constructing a complex, and at times anarchic, network of bridges across the conceptual canyon that has so far divided digital and analogue cinema, Computer Chess, the fourth film from director Andrew Bujalski, also extends its deconstruction of dichotomies well beyond the subject of film itself. Computer and human, order and chaos, historic specificity and abstracted universality, meaning and noise, lots of cats and no cats — these are just a few of the false pairs that the director hilariously, charmingly, and inventively obliterates during the film’s 90 minutes.”
Full review: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/film/computer-chess

I reviewed the movie Computer Chess at Tiny Mix Tapes. 

While singlehandedly constructing a complex, and at times anarchic, network of bridges across the conceptual canyon that has so far divided digital and analogue cinema, Computer Chess, the fourth film from director Andrew Bujalski, also extends its deconstruction of dichotomies well beyond the subject of film itself. Computer and human, order and chaos, historic specificity and abstracted universality, meaning and noise, lots of cats and no cats — these are just a few of the false pairs that the director hilariously, charmingly, and inventively obliterates during the film’s 90 minutes.”

Full review: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/film/computer-chess

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This is probably the best film list for 2012 that you’ll ever read, and I’d be saying that even if I didn’t organize the whole shebang. 
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2012-favorite-30-films-of-2012

albotas:

1 Cat + 1 Cardboard Box = Best Cosplay Ever

A Chinese blogger just won the Internet by doodling anime characters on boxes and sticking her cat Guagua’s head through holes making him the cutest thing ever and paralyzing the Internets for all of eternity.

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