Today I intend to beat a dead horse, pun intended. It’s not news any more that when people pass away in the age of social networking, their online presence lingers, leaving behind virtual footprints which can still be observed by friends, family or whoever. By this point in time, almost all of us have had people in our lives who have died while their online footprints continue to exist. Facebook responded to this in 2009 and currently offers users the opportunity to memorialize loved ones, essentially leaving profiles intact but preventing information from popping up unexpectedly in news feeds or suggestions. It is both cryptic and somehow appropriate to allow the profiles of deceased users to remain online so that friends and family can share messages of remembrance to honor the dearly departed. I’ll let Katie Couric elaborate more concisely:
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NHL 12 Glitch
So I’ve been fairly busy the past little while working on a number of different projects including one to raise money for charity. This month I’ll be participating in Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for sick children around North America. So far my team and I have raised nearly $2000. Last year we got to $3000 the day of and were pretty happy with that number. We didn’t think we’d get back there this year due to some complications, but so far we’re doing great!
I tend to be a highly neurotic, OCD-type person with a few things that really set me off. For reasons I can’t describe, breaking the unwritten rules of life is probably #1. A more accurate way of saying this is rudeness. Now the trouble with rudeness is that it’s incredibly hard to define when dealing with people from different (insert adjective) backgrounds. Everyone has their own idea of how things should be, how to behave, what their parents taught them was right or wrong etc… A perfect example of this is explained in this hilarious 3-minute standup bit by Patton Oswalt.
Every morning I browse the available shirt on Teefury.com to see what they have in stock. Like the rest of their clientele I enjoy buying shirts whose artwork reminds me of something I like. Most of the artists featured on Teefury (and the majority of online t-shirt vendors, I suppose) sell shirts that combine two pop culture references into one shirt thus making a successful joke. Anytime they can combine Dr. Who with The Who, for example, it’s usually an instant classic.
I don’t know why this bothers me, but it does. I acknowledge that it’s hilarious if you’re a fan, but I guess on some level I see it more as artists behaving in the way that companies do when they’re trying to sell you something. They try to get inside your head and figure out what you want to spend your money on, or how they can convince you to part with your hard-earned dollars. Sure $15 after shipping and handling isn’t much for something you like, but it still seems somewhat underhanded to me. I don’t doubt that many of the artists only create work that they themselves would wear on shirts, but by the same token I don’t doubt that there are also those who make shirts they feel certain will sell regardless of their own taste. After all, isn’t that basically what capitalism is?