Pride Toronto and Google+ present « Together, » a series of films by award-winning director Jeff Feuerzeig, with music performed by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields.

C’est beau.

Carmen Carrera et visibilité trans*

Carmen Carrera, candidat de la saison 3 de Rupaul Drag Race, a fait son coming-out trans* au début de cette année. Cet extrait de What Would You Do de ABC finit heureusement mieux que ce que pouvait laisser craindre les premières minutes.

Les films snuff, ennemis du crime

Somewhat unsurprisingly, gore site fans use the « guns don’t kill people » argument when addressing this question.

« I genuinely believe you already have it in you to do something like that, » says Niki. After watching over a decade of gore videos, Niki says, « I’ve NEVER had the idea to harm another human being EVER. »

Gorehounds say that, quite the opposite, the sites actually help fight crime.

In 2009, for instance, two Russian teenagers were found guilty of murdering 21 people during a two month terror spree in the Ukraine. The so-called « Dnepropetrovsk maniacs » filmed several of their murders with cell phones, including the brutal slaying of 48-year-old Sergei Yatzenko, who was pulled off his bicycle, bludgeoned with a hammer, and stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver.

The video, named 3 Guys 1 Hammer, made it onto the gore sites, and is still widely regarded as the most shocking gore video of all time. And its existence was instrumental in the murderers’ conviction at trial.

Snuff: Murder and torture on the internet, and the people who watch it, The Verge.

Les limites de TED

But: We live in a world of increasingly networked knowledge. And it’s a world that allows us to appreciate what has always been true: that new ideas are never sprung, fully formed, from the heads of the inventors who articulate them, but are always — always — the result of discourse and interaction and, in the broadest sense, conversation. The author-ized idea, claimed and owned and bought and sold, has been, it’s worth remembering, an accident of technology. Before print came along, ideas were conversational and free-wheeling and collective and, in a very real sense, « spreadable. » It wasn’t until Gutenberg that ideas could be both contained and mass-produced — and then converted, through that paradox, into commodities. TED’s notion of « ideas worth spreading » — the implication being that spreading is itself a work of hierarchy and curation — has its origins in a print-based world of bylines and copyrights. It insists that ideas are, in the digital world, what they have been in the analog: packagable and ownable and claimable.

How TED Makes Ideas Smaller, The Atlantic. Cet article met le doigt sur quelque chose qui me chiffonnait depuis un moment. J’adore TED et leur intervenants sont souvent passionnants, mais c’est bon de rester critique quand on parle d’idées et qu’on les simplifie (forcément) en les réduisant à une personne.