Loved this eyeroll when the guy from A-Ha came out during the #BBMA.
When we say something has become an “Internet meme,” we are either misusing or re-appropriating the word “meme” to mean something like “inside joke.” Most of our present-day memes - from “Grumpy Cat” to Gangnam Style - are really just references, and all you have to do to get the reference is keep…
We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let us suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, “Boom!” There is an explosion. The public is surprised, but prior to this surprise, it has seen an absolutely ordinary scene of no special consequence. Now, let us take a suspense situation. The bomb is underneath the table and the public knows it, probably because they have seen the anarchist place it there. The public is aware that the bomb is going to explode at one o’clock and there is a clock in the decor. The public can see that it is a quarter to one. In these conditions this same innocuous conversation becomes fascinating because the public is participating in the scene. The audience is longing to warn the characters on the screen: “You shouldn’t be talking about such trivial matters. There’s a bomb beneath you and it’s about to explode!” In the first scene we have given the public fifteen seconds of surprise at the moment of the explosion. In the second we have provided them with fifteen minutes of suspense. The conclusion is that whenever possible the public must be informed. Except when the surprise is a twist, that is, when the unexpected ending is, in itself, the highlight of the story.
—Qtd. in Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock, rev. ed. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984), 73.
Here are some resources to help parents and caregivers speak with children about today’s events. (PDF): http://www.sesameworkshop.org/assets/1192/src/HereForEachOther_vEng2012Modified.pdf
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“Now that Facebook owns us we’re getting shit for not having a website we can use to pad our stats and monetize to keep investors from telling them to sell us off.”
- DF’s Paul Colombo, demystifying Instagram’s discontinuation of support for Twitter cards, and desire for people to view images on Instagram.com.