What Gawker Means
They might not have meant it, but Gawker’s All the TV people more significant than Lena Dunham post is actually a comment on what the words significant and news mean these days, not just a way to tell Dunham fans to cool it. Often guilty of intervom just like Buttfeed or Gothamist, Gawker says Dunham’s primary significance is providing “fodder for blog posts.” Like Gawker.
Intervomming websites like these certainly serve a purpose, like OK!, Us, and People magazines; it’s just that right now, these quick-sharing, eye-ball hungry purveyors are ruling the roost. And they’re interested in certain things; especially the controversial, the quick, and the ones involving titties.
But what if that’s just a result of us being cultural wave-riders? What if we’re still just giddy on the internet? What if we just went to the dentist and we’re still giggly on nitrous?
Maybe the next generation of sharers and readers will develop that other half of the web, the longform and the in-depth and the some-what-more-serious parts: maybe they’ll realize it’s sometimes more valuable to sit by the fire in your la-z-boy and read two solidly researched newspaper articles instead of thirty ad-glittered “updates.”
Until then, don’t pretend like it’s you we’ve been waiting for, Gawker.
Filia, by Kathryn Miller. Pine needle-brushed gesso on paper, 48” x 62”
The hate-able/lovable, despicably talented white-haired artist with a fantastic accent: Tomi Ungerer. Can’t wait to see it. Via the theparisreview, who also recommend this interview with the director.
Oliver Jeffers: Fathom Painting No. 1, oil and letraset on canvas, 72cm x 122cm.
Stared at this photograph for the better part of five minutes. Enjoying your cigarette, Barbie?
Tom McGrath, Untitled (Wiper Fluid), 2002, oil on canvas, 60” x 96”
distort + destruct. via paris review.