evening clickbait: 1981 news report about Internet; modern celebs in classic paintings; how the media failed women in 2013; 60 Minutes fellates the NSA; majority of Web traffic not human; has Anchorman 2 PR been too much?

• Good thing they weren’t expecting to make money from it… “News report from 1981 about the Internet.” [wimp.com]

• My favorite: Steve Carell as Mr. Darcy! “Celebrities edited into classic paintings [80 pictures]” [22 Words]


• Same old shit, basically. “How the Media Failed Women in 2013” [YouTube/Miss Representation]

• Did 60 Minutes think no one would notice? “’60 Minutes’: NSA Good, Snowden Bad” [The Wire]

• This is why we can’t have nice things. “Welcome to the Internet of Thingies: 61.5% of Web Traffic Is Not Human” [The Atlantic]

• Has it been too much? Are you tired of the movie before you’ve even seen it? “Will Ferrell’s ‘total awareness’ press campaign for Anchorman 2” [the Guardian]

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Tue, Dec 17, 2013 1:44pm

One of my wife’s relatives was for many years the portrait painter for the BBC. They’d mount a historical production in which at least some of the characters were living in their ancestral home, and for set-dressing they’d want some old family portraits in suitable historical styles but which looked at least vaguely like the actors playing the leads. Quite often the actors got to keep them afterwards,

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Tue, Dec 17, 2013 5:14pm

some of those portraits are really amazing — i do wish they had named the original painting and artist though.