Why isn't New Orleans Mother's Day parade shooting a 'national tragedy'? -
A telling excerpt:
“Unforunately, though, I’ve learned to redefine what constitutes an American tragedy. American tragedies occur where middle America frequents every day: airplanes, business offices, marathons. Where there persists a tangible fear that this could happen to any of us. And rightfully so. Deaths and mayhem anywhere are tragic. That should always be the case. The story here is where American tragedies don’t occur.
American tragedies don’t occur on the southside of Chicago or the New Orleans 9th Ward. They don’t occur where inner city high school kids shoot into school buses or someone shoots at a 10-year old’s birthday party in New Orleans. Or Gary, Indiana. Or Compton. Or Newport News. These are where the forgotten tragedies happen and the cities are left to persevere on their own.
So, once again, New Orleans will survive. And move on. Because, really, we’ve been here before.”
You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!
-In which a fictional sociopathic movie villain more accurately describes the state of affairs than almost all the major news networks combined.
LOVED into the darkness last night, the first film that I have seen that was really great in IMAX 3D. Go see that ish this weekend. BEST. STAR TREK. EVER.
bitly blog: Improvements to tracking your links with bitly -
Over the past few months we have been working on some exciting improvements to the way we show link stats. Your feedback inspired these improvements, and members of the bitly community beta tested them. We are excited to share them with you today.
The improved link stats view — which you can…
Personally I’m liking the Baz Luhrmann updates to The Great Gatsby, you have to understand the man’s a visionary stylist
- how i feel:
- how i really look:
Alfred Hitchcok Week
Rear Window, 1954
Cinematography: Robert Burks