“Books don’t need to be burned or banned in order to not be read. Thoughts don’t need to be censored for content now that they’re edited for time.”Read More
We fear that we will fail. We fear that we will disappoint those we care about. We fear the monsters that hide in our closet, keeping the skeletons company. We fear that we will love the wrong person. We fear the right one won't love us. We fear that people will never truly know us. We fear that someone might.Read More
Coalton kicks off the film section of the CBC with a striking, prophetic look at Hollywood's biggest cash cow.
"Actual filmmaking quality aside, common audiences will look for safe returns on their ticket purchases and will associate quality entertainment solely through branding and recognition, and either of these two studio attempts at forced trending may or may not prove fruitful."Read More
This France attack business means something. It is important. It is so different from the rest of the inanity with which we stuff our social medias that we feel as though we must do everything we can to be as associated with it as we are able. We go from tweeting puppy vines to #PrayForParis. We take a thing that is real and personal and genuinely terrifying--something that has actual substance and actual weight and actual value--and we lump it with the rest of the banal, nutrition-less, meaningless drivel we engage with while refreshing all of our pages for eight hours a day.Read More
"I know that it will come as a huge surprise to you, but you can't believe everything that you see on television, read on the internet, or glean from a newspaper....so stop trying to. We're cool calling the internet on its bull when we see a Ricky Bobby quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, but when we see it on the front page of CNN or Fox or Facebook, we assume that it's true. Maybe we have inherent trust in other people to share only what they know to be certifiably true; the problem is that truth, though it exists, is slippery and not the thing which gets spoken. It gets spun, politicized, slapped in an agenda, and repackaged with so many rough edges polished off that it doesn't even resemble itself anymore."Read More
A sea of inspirational speeches, feel-good blogs, and motivational posters encouraging their audiences to not give up in spite of difficulties floods us, but they are not working. They're us spitting on a forest fire. They're us throwing sandbags in the middle of a hurricane. They're Indiana Jones' refrigerators in the epicenter of a nuclear blast.
We exist in the middle of a culture that doesn't just thrive on "easy," it prizes it. We may catch the occasional "don't give up" Tumblr quotes but they're just flapping jaws; everything else about the way that American society is engineered exists in stark contradiction to the "never give up" mentality. I intend here to prove two things:
1) That our culture has failed us and is in desperate need of reform, and
2) That the more we buy into it, the more it destroys us.