“The truth is that this President has done a good job in what has been one of the most difficult periods of modern history. He saved the economy from ruin (until the Tea Party took over Congress) with a stimulus that was as large as possible given the political realities, presided…
Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going forward,” to borrow the business-speak. Economists are warning that even when the economy recuperates, full employment will be lower and growth will be slower—a sad little rhyme that adds up to something decidedly unpoetic. A majority of Americans say, for the first time ever, that this generation will not be better off than its parents.
The first generation to do worse than its parents? Please. Been there. Generation X was told that so many times that it can’t even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder’s voice in its heads. Or maybe it’s Ethan Hawke’s. Possibly Bridget Fonda’s. Generation X is getting older, and can’t remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren’t very good to begin with.
But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis.
Generation X wasn’t surprised. Generation X kind of expected it.
Generation X is a journeyman. It didn’t invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it’s pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn’t invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit.
But that’s okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics. But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies—which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.
In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.
Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.
Generation X is tired.
It’s a parent now, and there’s always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.
Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?
Whatever. It’s cool.
Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn’t even read the whole thing. It doesn’t want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.
Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.
The audience for your web series just got a lot bigger. Today, AOL Video launched a new video platform that allows digital publishers access to videos from top media companies, including your very own blip.tv.
Editors Room offers Web editors and publishers access to more…
New research shows that personal information including names and sometimes even email addresses is routinely passed from the biggest sites on the web to third parties such as Google, ComScore and Facebook.
Conducted by researchers at Stanford University, the study shows how personal information is commonly — and often unintentionally — leaked when a username is included as part of a URL or a page title after a user registers to use a site, for example. Third parties embedded in that page could receive the URL — and, thus, the user’s name, which is often easily deduced from a username or user ID — in a referrer header, or the data informing a website about pages that link to it, explained Jonathan Mayer, lead researcher on the project.
Mr. Mayer and his group looked at 185 of Quantcast’s top 250 sites — sites that allow users to sign in or provide other identifying information, don’t require a purchase for sign-up, and that weren’t inordinately complex (thus excluding Google, Facebook and Yahoo) — and used fictitious accounts to create profiles or change user settings. They then examined the referrer headers and other relevant data that resulted from the interactions and searched them for personal information.
According to their findings, a username or user ID was leaked to third parties on 109 websites, or 59% in their sample, and the top five recipients of leaked information were sites operated by ComScore, Google Analytics, Quantcast, Google’s DoubleClick ad platform and Facebook.
Today we’re excited to announce the findings of a Dynamic Logic study that offers valuable data and key insights into how, when and where blip.tv audiences are watching online video.
The findings should come as good news for producers, concluding that web series audiences are watching more online video and less TV compared with six months ago. Learn more from the full press release here.
Viewer[s] Cord Shaving Traditional Viewing
Web series network blip.tv says its consumers have been cord-‘shaving’ their TV watching habits versus six months ago.
A study with Dynamic Logic, says blip.tv viewers are watching 9% less cable television and watching 26% more content on PCs, 19% more on mobile devices and 18% more on video game consoles. Read more
Blip.tv: Web Series Viewers Watch Less TV, Prefer Pre-Rolls
Online video network Blip.tv has commissioned a study on when and were its viewers watch online video series. The study, created by Dynamic Logic, also looked at viewers’ attitudes toward online advertising.
The study found that Blip.tv’s viewers are watching more online video and less television than they did six months ago. Computer viewing rose by 26 percent, mobile viewing rose 19 percent, and game console viewing rose 18 percent. Cable TV viewing, on the other hand, declined by 9 percent. Read more
Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Computers and the only American in the country who had any clue what the fuck he was doing, died Wednesday at the age of 56. “We haven’t just lost a great innovator, leader, and businessman, we’ve literally lost the only person in this country who actually had his shit together and knew what the hell was going on,” a statement from President Barack Obama read in part, adding that Jobs will be remembered both for the life-changing products he created and for the fact that he was able to sit down, think clearly, and execute his ideas—attributes he shared with no other U.S. citizen.
“This is a dark time for our country, because the reality is none of the 300 million or so Americans who remain can actually get anything done or make things happen. Those days are over.” Obama added that if anyone could fill the void left by Jobs it would probably be himself, but said that at this point he honestly doesn’t have the slightest notion what he’s doing anymore.
“You have a ton of user-generated video online and full-length TV shows that people are increasingly watching online now, but there is a sweet spot in the middle that is premium content made specifically for the Web.”—Roy Sekoff, founding editor of the AOL’s Huffington Post Media Group via Hollywood Reporter
Baseball, like life, revolves around anticlimax. That’s what you get most of the time. You stand in driver’s license lines, and watch Alfredo Aceves shake off signals, and sit through your children’s swim meets, and see bases-loaded rallies die, and fill up your car’s tires with air, and endure an inning with three pitching changes, a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk.
But then, every now and again, something happens. Something memorable. Something magnificent. Something staggering. Your child wins the race. Your team rallies in the ninth. You get pulled over for speeding. And in that moment — awesome or lousy — you are living something that you will never forget, something that jumps out of the toneless roar of day-to-day life.
My mother is a huge Mets fan. In 1986, during the NLCS, she and her girlfriend picked me up from a soccer game. My town’s soccer field was located behind the Borough Hall and Police Station. They waited in the parking lot as i gathered my things and were listening to the game on the radio. I had never seen two grown women so engrossed in a game. As she made her way out of the parking lot, she made a left turn on a RED light out of the police station, with a cruiser right behind us. The cop was also a Mets fan, and she got out of the ticket.