Fans of heavy, outmoded reference books everywhere are in a state of mourning after yesterday’s announcement that, after 244 years in print, the Encyclopedia Britannica would be moving to an all-digital format.
With over 100 million pageviews and counting, Kony 2012 — a half-hour long call for action against Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony — has become the biggest thing to hit the Web since Rebecca Black reminded us that Saturday follows Friday. As part of its campaign, Invisible Children, the group behind the video, is pressuring 20 superstar “culturemakers” to speak out against Kony. Most of the 20 have stayed unusually silent on the red-hot issue — until now.
Recently Rush Limbaugh bravely called a Georgetown law student testifying before Congress a “slut” who “wants all the sex in the world whenever she wants it, all the time, no consequences.” He then went on to say that if women wanted him to pay for their birth control, he wanted something in return — videos of all these women having sex posted on the internet.
Recently, cartoonist Rich Burlew raised a mind-melting $1.2 million to produce a print version of The Order of the Stick, his role-playing themed webcomic. How did Burlew do it? Through a nifty online quasi-Ponzi begfest known as Kickstarter. But for every Order of the Stick success story, there are countless failures.
The sneaker-freak world is abuzz with news of this Friday’s release of Nike’s limited-edition Foamposite “Galaxy” shoes — footwear so starry purple, so glow-in-the-dark, and so comically overpriced that people are already camping out for a chance at their own $220 pair. And with the long wait ahead, they’ve got plenty of time to chatter.
Yesterday, when a California appeals court struck down Proposition 8 — the state’s voter-approved ban on same sex marriage — anti-gay forces went ballistic, vowing to continue their fight to support “traditional marriage” Why can’t these knuckle-dragging troglodytes see the future that’s inevitably coming? After all, we did — way back in 2010, with an issue of Archie that foresaw the way things will eventually be — in California and beyond.