In 1996, Bill Gates declared that “content is king.” He’s not the first person to suggest it, and far from the last. Content has steadily increased with every new generation, and each decade people have found themselves obsessed with more and more. Appetites grow, and people rush to satiate those desires.

The 2010s felt like the decade that content became too much. …


A $4.2 billion handshake 10 years ago irrevocably changed the world. Whether it was for better or worse is up to interpretation.

This long, Labor Day weekend marks a decade of Marvel Entertainment under Disney. That’s 10 years of Marvel co-president Kevin Feige working to create the grand spectacle we now call the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It’s 10 years of the movie industry watching, waiting, reflecting, and changing to try and compete with the House of Mouse’s biggest franchise to date.

People far smarter than I can talk to the effect of Marvel on the industry from an artistic…


[A quick note!! Hi! I used to write a newsletter, but I stopped because life got busy. Lately, I haven’t been able to sleep very much. When I can’t sleep, my mind obsesses over “hyperfixations,” a term those in the ADHD community will recognize. So, I blog. I blog because it helps me work out these ideas, and tires me out. I’m going to use this new newsletter, “Late Night Dispatch,” as just that — writing through insomnia. This won’t be a nightly, weekly, or monthly thing. It’ll just be for when I can’t sleep. If you like reading my…


[A quick note!! Hi! I used to write a newsletter, but I stopped because life got busy. Lately, I haven’t been able to sleep very much. When I can’t sleep, my mind obsesses over “hyperfixations,” a term those in the ADHD community will recognize. So, I blog. I blog because it helps me work out these ideas, and tires me out. I’m going to use this new newsletter, “Late Night Dispatch,” as just that — writing through insomnia. This won’t be a nightly, weekly, or monthly thing. It’ll just be for when I can’t sleep. If you like reading my…


[A quick note!! Hi! I used to write a newsletter, but I stopped because life got busy. Lately, I haven’t been able to sleep very much. When I can’t sleep, my mind obsesses over “hyperfixations,” a term those in the ADHD community will recognize. So, I blog. I blog because it helps me work out these ideas, and tires me out. I’m going to use this new newsletter, “Late Night Dispatch,” as just that — writing through insomnia. This won’t be a nightly, weekly, or monthly thing. It’ll just be for when I can’t sleep. If you like reading my…


[A quick note!! Hi! I used to write a newsletter, but I stopped because life got busy. Lately, I haven’t been able to sleep very much. When I can’t sleep, my mind obsesses over “hyperfixations,” a term those in the ADHD community will recognize. So, I blog. I blog because it helps me work out these ideas, and tires me out. I’m going to use this new newsletter, “Late Night Dispatch,” as just that — writing through insomnia. This won’t be a nightly, weekly, or monthly thing. It’ll just be for when I can’t sleep. If you like reading my…


Jake Paul

[A quick note!! Hi! I used to write a newsletter, but I stopped because life got busy. Lately, I haven’t been able to sleep very much. When I can’t sleep, my mind obsesses over “hyperfixations,” a term those in the ADHD community will recognize. So, I blog. I blog because it helps me work out these ideas, and tires me out. I’m going to use this new newsletter, “Late Night Dispatch,” as just that — writing through insomnia. This won’t be a nightly, weekly, or monthly thing. It’ll just be for when I can’t sleep. If you like reading my…


[A quick note!! Hi! I used to write a newsletter, but I stopped because life got busy. Lately, I haven’t been able to sleep very much. When I can’t sleep, my mind obsesses over “hyperfixations,” a term those in the ADHD community will recognize. So, I blog. I blog because it helps me work out these ideas, and tires me out. I’m going to use this new newsletter, “Late Night Dispatch,” as just that — writing through insomnia. This won’t be a nightly, weekly, or monthly thing. It’ll just be for when I can’t sleep. If you like reading my…


It’s easy to view the internet as a constant fight in good against evil, right versus wrong, one side versus another. It’s even easier to hyperfocus on the worst stories as they appear, choosing to hone in on trollish, vile conversations that seem to so easily explode.

This is true in fandom. Star Wars is one of the biggest movie franchises in the world, and maintains one of the biggest fanbases. It also attracts some of the worst trolls, many using social-media platforms like Twitter as a way to spread hateful rhetoric. …


It’s been a rough year for YouTube. It’s almost been just as rough for YouTube’s most popular and newsworthy creator, PewDiePie.

The platform’s trouble began in February after videos containing hateful content were spotted playing with commercials from major companies attached. YouTube’s rush to rid offensive videos off the main site led to the first of many panic attacks the community suffered. The “adpocalypses” as they would come to be known by YouTube’s creator base launched panic attack after panic attack as YouTubers worried they wouldn’t be able to make a living if their videos continued to be demonetized.

Things…

Julia Alexander

Nonsense thoughts about technology and, like, life, I guess.

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