Category Archives: #socialmedia

Twitter After Dark: Brent Everett & Steve Peña Edition

I just happened to be scrolling through twitter while in bed and ran across these gems that Brent Everett just shared, and I need to share them with you too.     Brent and his brick-house of a husband Steve are in Torreón, Mexico obviously having a great time at a club appearance. (Btw, doesn't Torreón sound like a Legendary Pokémon?) Follow Brent -- Follow Steve

Tell Vine To Stop Fucking Us

Twitter owns the popular 6-second video sharing app Vine. Vine has become popular with a number of porn stars, including the always technology-forward and social savvy Maverick Men. However... Vine just announced some changes to its handling of "adult content." As they put it, "For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet –– we just prefer not to be the source of it." Which I call some bullshit on. Conner Habib has started a Change.Org petition wherein he states the following:

Censorship affects all of us.

The important role of the Vine app - as a medium for users to freely express themselves - is under threat from a new policy. As of March 6th, 2014, Vine has decided to remove all content labeled "adult content" and to suspend or ban users creating any content labeled "adult."  Vine's stated reason for doing this is because they want users to "be comfortable." Many of us - as users of vine - do not participate in viewing or creating adult content, but we all recognize Vine as a place for freedom of expression. We are disturbed by the precedent set on Vine for other applications and websites, including Twitter.  We are also disturbed that we are not allowed to choose what we view. Vine's perception of its users as a community that advocates censorship is wrong.  There is nothing comfortable to us about the slippery slope of censorship. For these reasons, we demand full restoration of adult content on vine and a return to the adult content warning system previously in place.

Last year, Tumblr started enforcing with a little more gusto, a rule that they've always had on the books. Their TOS have always stated that they prohibited sexual videos (pictures & GIFs are welcome) because of the expense associated with hosting large video files. Being that Tumblr has always had the rule on the books – despite a team too small to effectively enforce it before gaining access to Yahoo's resources – there really wasn't too much hubbub around the action. Sure, there was some hysteria from some uninformed users, but it subsided quickly.  Hell, even when Tumblr was advising users against posting porn to their own servers, they were more than happy to suggest hosting it elsewhere and embedding it into Tumblr-provided blogs. Their approach wasn't a matter of having your cake & not eating it, it was really more like BYOC. (Bring your own cake.) The Vine situation is different, though. Since Twitter has long had a silent agreement regarding pornographic images & accounts (as long as it's legal, it's fine) Vine adopted much of the same attitude upon its launch. Now, they're reneging on the service for a good chunk of the user base. They say 99% of folks won't be affected; do they not even bother researching their own usage stats by members? Porn is always the king of internet traffic. Even in countries with one DSL line, 5 computers and a Theocratic government, Porn rules the bandwidth traffic. And considering that Vine is essentially a souped up GIF, the compression that the video files go through is most certainly not the strain on servers that an actual video would be. I challenge the Vine IT department to provide proof otherwise. Sure, services like Tumblr & Google have instituted more stringent filters in their search engines lately, requiring users to dig a little deeper to find the T&A content, but the fact is, the content is still there. It's just been made harder to "accidentally" stumble across.

[Editor's Note] My guess is that it's an effort to cover their liability should some underage doofus run across some porn, get found out by their parent and then have the fucktard parent sue the company & win by the ruling of some conservative activist judge in a Red state. #runonsentences

At any rate, a strong response is needed. Whether or not it changes Vine's decision is not the entire issue, as far as I'm concerned. What they need to see is a strong response of concerned and active users. The older the internet gets, the more complacent its users become about the obstruction of expressive freedoms. But this deserves the full minute of your time it will take to fill out the form. We need more sex-positivity in this society, and most importantly on our social networks where so much of our communication is now happening. Click the image below to sign the petition. Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 7.23.47 PM

YouTube Comment Reconstruction by Dead Parrot

My intention for today was to post something that DIDN'T come from youtube but after watching and guffawing at this video, I just had to share! YouTube Comment Reconstruction #1 comes to us from Dead Parrot and the video is a dramatic reading of a comment war between two 'Directioners.'
The YouTube comment section can sometimes make you question humanity, so to cheer you up we're bringing you dramatic reconstructions of some of the best comment wars. This time it's between 'Sophie Danze' and 'Jilianlovesthebeibs' on "One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful." Enjoy and why not start your own argument in the comment section below.

#TumblrTuesday: 11/12/13 Super Edition

That's right, it's a super edition! You get a bit more of a bang for your buck this week! Let's start things off with 2 pics I saw in my timeline recently, now on my tumblr!
And now, more eye candy!
-- darkromanek
-- darkromanek
(Notice the outline of the jock?)
-- gaynerd616
-- forprancyboys
-- somamix1

Top 8 Podcast Countdown: Making It With Riki Lindhome

Technically, "Making It" has been in hiatus/hibernation since last fall, but the fact that a new episode was just released this week qualifies it for my top 8 countdown! As a matter of fact, even if a new episode hadn't been released at all this year, I would still recommend you listen to the backlog of episodes. It's a remarkably useful podcast for anyone who has any interest at all in the entertainment industrial complex. Riki – one half of musical comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates – is occasionally unfairly criticized in my view for her loose conversational style, but frankly, there are a lot of informational gems that arise in her episodes. The guests aren't under any pretenses to present themselves using standard hollywood soundbites, so they actually have a chance to be a little more frank about what it takes to succeed in the business. Hint: the near-universal answer - a strong, unyielding work ethic. ANYWAY. Riki is back for a limited 10-episode run which will hopefully pave the way for a return to a regular weekly schedule. First up in this glorious return is Tig Notaro. Tig was already a remarkably funny comedian in her own right, but some seriously major health problems prompted her into the spotlight in ways that, as she describes in this episode, she never would've imagined. If you already know her story, you'll love the episode for touching on new info bytes and if you're new to Tig altogether, all of the gaps will be filled in as you listen. LINKS! [iOS Podcasts App] [Making It With Riki Lindhome - iTunes] [Making It Homepage]

Twitter Updates! World Ends!

Twitter just updated their iOS app to include image & video previews, similar to the "expanded tweets" found on the actual website. While this is convenient in some cases, for those of us who follow many #NSFW twitter personalities, this poses a problem for our public tweeting habits. BUT LO, A SOLUTION ARISES: I made this silly little 10-second video on my iPhone via iMovie and an app called Tellagami. The audio isn't great, but it's 10 seconds and it explains how to revert to a Safer-For-Work feed!

The Fucking Supercut GIF

Found this little gem on Tumblr. It's the best supercut of pure ass-fucking gifs I've seen so far.

Hey Harvey Walker.