- 4 days ago
I saw this on The AV Club and despite it lasting for a half an hour I watched the entire thing. It’s not nostalgia - this footage is forty years old and I am not - but the scope of the presentation fascinates me. I mean, it starts with a love song about a television network and its viewers. Yes, really.
A quick rundown of things that jumped out at me:
- 4:20 The International Race of Champions: “take the world’s best drivers, put them in identical cars, let ‘em race” is this not already race car driving
- 4:44 Monday Night Football footage is O.J. Simpson running
- 8:15 “After The Trial” omg
- Followed immediately by a movie about cavemen (the second time cavemen are mentioned in the reel btw)?
- 9:28-10:12 “The Deadly Touch” GOLD
- 11:30 “the instantly successful American Music Awards” lol
- 12;10 “you’re taking me to your apartment to watch television?” that is a sound strategy
- 13;28 no one even mentions young Jeff Bridges what planet is this
- 14:25 “out of these incredible truths comes…” some shit we made up. Was this just one of many me-too films to follow The Godfather into theaters?
- 16:05 Thunderball “for the first time on television”?? That movie was almost a decade old at this point. Connery had quit being James Bond twice already.
- So many bow ties. GIANT bow ties. You’d think they’re there to be mocked, but these are apparently ABC’s target audience? Loud, pushy, white men?
- 20:50 two black people talking for the first time in the reel.
- 23:17 pre-Taxi Driver Jodie Foster!
- 24:02 “Nakia Parker…is an Indian” no, that is…Robert Forster?! He’s from Rochester!
- 27:56 Vincent Price? Sonny and…no, it’s just Sonny.
- 28:57 Quentin Tarantino definitely watched every episode of this show
- 30:40 KURT RUSSELL…only says two words
- 30:56 G-Gary Busey and M-MARK HAMILL…are brothers? Truck drivin’ brothers??
One last thought, one that permeated the entire reel in my mind: this is Japanese television. As in, this is Japanese television TODAY. Everything’s rooted in nostalgia or the wholesome family image (sometimes both together) or sheer wish-fulfillment fantasy. And those few excruciating minutes of Sonny Bono talking to celebrities in a bird suit? Hello Japanese Prime Time for the last…forty years?
Wait, did Sonny Bono invent Japanese variety shows?
- 4 weeks ago
- 1 month ago
Alice Mercier isn’t the real name of the games industry veteran that reporter Josh Mattingly harassed on Facebook. She isn’t willing to give her real name, at least not publicly; she’s afraid of the professional repercussions. This is a theme that will come up again and again over the course of our interview, and every subsequent conversation: weighing the toll of harassment against the cost of confronting it.
Thank you, so much, to Alice and all of the other women who came forward to talk to me about this.
For context, only a fraction of the stories I heard made it into the final piece. The rest could fill a book; the ones left untold, libraries.
One thing that struck me again, and again, and again, was how many women told the same story: of carefully trying not to burn bridges or alienate blatant harassers for fear of the potential impact on their careers. That, in a facebook thread where she was being explicitly and repeatedly propositioned, Alice was the one worried about saying the wrong thing and losing her job speaks volumes.
Alice was the one worried about saying the wrong thing and losing her job
just think about how seriously fucked up that is
(via fucknovideogames)Source: postcardsfromspace
- 1 month ago
The sad thing is, this has been going on for ages.
My grandpa was telling me that his family were spat at on the street and called “Fucking Dirty Wogs” and “To go back where they came from” because they came here from Italy. My dad was beaten up at school for being a “Wog” and then he was the only one who got in trouble with the teacher. I was bullied relentlessly at school for being a ” Fat Wog” as well, and this was like a few years ago by some stupid fucks who think they were so fucking smart.
And now that hatred as moved onto the Asylum Seekers again (you’d be pretty fucking ashamed of Australia in 2001-2003 after the 9/11 attacks) and even before that in Geelong the Sudanese community was treated like shit simply for being refugees.
Its a cycle of viciousness and the Government only encourages the behavior. It needs to stop now.
Never realize there was this dark side to Australia.
My eldest paternal first cousin is Australian. He called me a “fat nigger” when I messaged him on Facebook asking how he was. We are no longer in touch. He lives on the other side of the world so it hasn’t caused any family drama but I really hope he never visits again. I’m glad that my Gran never found out, I think it would’ve probably killed her.
The thing that really amazes me about racism in Australia is how open and shameless people are about it. New Zealand has its own fair share of racism, but I feel like we’re a little more embarrassed by it.
Australia: we are a country AND ALSO an entire continent but “fuck off we’re full”
not even racist Japan has used that line against immigrants, and this is one crowded archipelagoSource: thisiseverydayracism
- 1 month ago
How crazy is it that everyone here is so MUSCLED TO THE MAX that the orange guy made out of rock is the most normal-looking of the bunch?
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