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Now, here, in the present day, it’s clear the internet wasn’t a fad. More or less everything else was. Newspapers, for instance. They used to be sombre dossiers issued each morning, bringing grave news from Crimea. Now they’re blizzards of electric confetti, bringing The Ten Gravest Crimean Developments You Simply Won’t Believe. The art of turning almost any article of interest into a step-by-step clickbait walkthrough has been perfected to the point where reading the internet feels increasingly like sitting on the (toilet) in the 1980s reading a novelty book of showbiz facts that never fucking ends. This trend will only continue. In five years’ time, all news articles will consist of a single coloured icon you click repeatedly to make info-nuggets fly out, accompanied by musical notes, like a cross between Flappy Bird and Newsnight. Even a harrowing report on refugees fleeing a warzone will cynically draw you in by promising to show you a famous person’s bum after every 85th click. And it will succeed.
Charlie Brooker. (via nedhepburn)

(via nedhepburn)

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Weekly Wipe season 2 episode 4

Finally!  Best thumbnail…

(I was really productive a moment ago, having a really productive Friday night, getting things done, making things happen, living life, texting friends, being a person.  But then: hello, internet.  Where did the last half-hour go?  Where am I?  Is that a fire?  FIRE).

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This was a year in which the most significant global cultural development was “twerking” going mainstream. Twerking effectively consists of bending over and shuddering your buttocks around until they start applauding sarcastically, like someone trying to use a vibrating squat toilet. It’s the most proctological dance craze there is.
Charlie Brooker.

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Charlie Brooker’s 2013 Wipe.

Not living in the UK, it’s always fascinating that Ed Miliband is a real person and not some elaborate Sascha Baron Cohen character, but man, we didn’t get Godfrey Bloom over here— holy shit.  Or that montage for Charles Ramsey— I’d forgotten all about that.   Also: dogging.

Most importantly, Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas on that stupid Russell Brand interview!!

(Here’s this year’s Big Fat Quiz— those can be iffy but Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding are a funny duo sometimes; plus, Kristen Schaal this year; not a Jimmy Carr fan, though).

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Charlie Brooker’s How Video Games Changed the World

This was okay, or at least thorough, but I’m disappointed it wasn’t just an hour-and-a-half of Charlie Brooker trying to explain Bioshock Infinite to Jon Snow.  I really enjoyed that Jon Snow interview more—  I just want to see a show of them shopping for Christmas gifts together, or going to Las Vegas or Macau together.  I want Charlie Brooker to wake up handcuffed to Jon Snow in the tundra and for them to have to fight off wolves as they wait to be rescued.
My favorite question was definitely “What are kids?”  What are kids?

lazymercenary:

Charlie Brooker’s How Video Games Changed the World

This was okay, or at least thorough, but I’m disappointed it wasn’t just an hour-and-a-half of Charlie Brooker trying to explain Bioshock Infinite to Jon Snow.  I really enjoyed that Jon Snow interview more—  I just want to see a show of them shopping for Christmas gifts together, or going to Las Vegas or Macau together.  I want Charlie Brooker to wake up handcuffed to Jon Snow in the tundra and for them to have to fight off wolves as they wait to be rescued.

My favorite question was definitely “What are kids?”  What are kids?

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I tell him I have a friend who became a game journalist just after Nathan Barley came out (about 2005) and watching Nathan Barley made her feel slightly less suicidal about her life. I say, “Isn’t that lovely?” Brooker says, “Yes, if a little disturbing – either she identified with Dan Ashcroft…” I say I think that’s it. “That’s worrying,” he says. “Because he is fucked. He is fucked. That character is based on… a tension that I felt at the time… because when I initially started writing about games, and I was ‘oh I’m not qualified to do that’, then when I started doing it I kind of did okay at it, and then I was making my living at it, I thought, ‘I’m doing pretty fucking well’, you know? I do remember having a couple of experiences where I’d be at a party or something and people would say ‘what do you do?’ ‘I…I…I review… videogames.’ And they’d look at you like you’d said, ‘I do colouring in. I colour things in. I’ve got these colouring-in books, and I colour things in.’

 Charlie Brooker at Rock Paper Shotgun (via supervillain)

Twitter is the world’s most popular videogame basically, as far as I can see. It’s a videogame where you perform your personality or your opinion in a particular way … and it’s got a high score table where it lists how many followers you’ve got.  Now obviously as a columnist or as somebody who has got a profile in some way… I’m just doing something that everyone is encouraged to do on Twitter or Facebook which is to come up with a sort of caricatured form of yourself and perform it on a daily basis… I just think it’s encouraging people to lie and exaggerate… I think Twitter encourages people to pretend they care about things, that they don’t really – if it wasn’t easy to pretend that they did.”

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