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Rules Of Life

Seriously, guys, how is this a thing, still? Way to go, SuperRestaurantWoman!

Uproxx gives the play-by-play:
:23 The man tries stuffing money down the waitress’s shirt and gets pushed away.

:27 The man attempts to retaliate and takes a menu-bash to the head.


:36 Several bros rush to his side.

:40 The man realizes his nose is probably broken.

:54 He leaves, tail tucked between his legs, never to return.

In the clip below, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Chasing Amy, Clerks and Dogma director Kevin Smith gives three pieces of rather awesome advice to Canadian filmmaker and video producer Gavin Michael Booth. Open Culture summed it up in three main points. Their summary lacks the swearing that makes Smith’s talk a must-listen (and see when he does talks in your city.)

1 – “You have to have a reasonable amount of unreasonability.”

2 – “You have to know… what hills you’re willing to die on.”

3 – “You have to learn how to kill your babies.” He means this symbolically. Just letting you know.

While Twitter has been receiving complaints about harassment for years, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo acknowledged it’s a particularly difficult issue to deal with as there are so many varying degrees of abuse. For example, he noted, after the aforementioned memo went public, he received messages from users complaining about abuse that’s actually “fairly rational political discourse.”

“We’ve drawn a line on what constitutes harassment and abuse,” Costolo said. “I believe that we haven’t yet drawn that line to put the cost of dealing with harassment on those doing the harassing. It shouldn’t be the person who’s being harassed who has to do a lot of work.”

Of course, drawing those lines means deciding what constitutes free speech and abuse, an undeniably difficult task. “Well, you set policies and then you try to stick to those policies,” Costolo explained. “One way of thinking about it is: I may have a right to say something, but I don’t have a right to stand in your living room and scream it into your ear five times in a row. Right? I think there are things you can do on the platform that are of varying degrees of severity — not just black and white.”

Via Rolling Stone

Since Upworthy’s launch, its team has often been accused of encouraging slacktivism, which critics would describe as a kind of superficial, internet-based activism that takes the form of social media sharing rather than real-world action. To his detractors, the site co-found Peter Koechley offers the following response:

“I think that awareness actually matters and that we are in an all out war for attention between the forces of inanity and the forces of things that actually matter to society […] We feel like people paying attention and being aware of important issues is one of the big roles of media.

“The second argument is, I spent a lot of time before Upworthy doing direct political organising and it’s incredibly difficult to actually organise people to take action, to go to a protest or call their congress person or give money to a campaign if they’re not aware of the issue, or it’s not really high up on their priority list.

“I feel like we think of ourselves as trying to help create, get people focused on the most important issues and try to create the conditions for other people to make change.

“Brands know, young people have been telling them loud and clear for a while now, that if your brand doesn’t stand for something more than the jeans that you sell or the soap that you dispense, it’s not going to be enough.

“Young people actually make purchase decisions based on whether they agree with the company’s values and whether the brand stands for anything.”

Via The Guardian

Wayne Sermon: The first indicator for all of us of our unexpected success was when we released Night Visions. We talked as a band and tried to psyche ourselves up in case things didn’t go great. If we could sell 5,000 or even 10,000 copies the first week as a really unknown band then that would be a success. And then the first-week numbers came back at 83,000 copies. That was definitely the first “What?” moment. Since then it’s just been a series of those. Hence the craziness and the whirlwind and the losing of perspective. I think there’s definitely some sort of denial that goes on with every band when this happens. Frankly it could all be pulled away very quickly. So we’re all just pretending that we’re still a tiny band that still has a lot to prove. Because really we are.

Believe it or not, the best advice we ever got was the first time we did a late night talk show. It wasThe Tonight Show With Jay Lenoand Charlie Sheen was on the show; we were just starting to get some mainstream success. He leaned over to us after and said, “Welcome to the party. It’s about to get really weird” [laughs]. And strangely he was very much right. Take for example a show we played in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We had never been down there so we didn’t know what to expect or if anyone would even know who we were. We played and there was 800,000 people going absolutely insane for the music. That was sort of the first time we were able to sort of understand the scope of what we were doing. As a band you very much live in a bubble. When you’re in the eye of the hurricane you have the worst perspective of what’s happening around you. It’s these types of moments that punch you in the face and say, “Enjoy this, you idiot! Look at what’s going on around you!”

Via Medium