The Happytime Murders | "For Your Consideration" Trailer

THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.

In Theaters August 24, 2018
Movies  Trailer  ncpin  ncv 
5 days ago
Fucked Up - Normal People

From the album Dose Your Dreams, out October 5, 2018 on Merge Records.

I see guys at night drinking in bars,
Talking to girls and driving cars.
They heard about this place from a magazine,
One of their best friends has been.
They all laugh and joke like there’s nothing wrong,
Like they are right where they belong.
She met a guy, they went on a date, she liked him,
But it was getting late. He called again, but she let it ring.
She needs a little more time to think.
She reads the paper on the train, a guy stares the entire way.
He got a job right out of school, his place is small,
But it has a pool. It’s just a couple of stops away,
He feels a sadness that he can’t explain.
It’s hard for him to have fun – his mother died when he was young.

Yesterday I had a life, I had a home, I wore a smile to sell my soul.
My tie was blue and my shirt was white, so why can’t I figure out
How to feel alright? I know this could be mine again,
If you would just tell me what I need to change. I’ve seen enough,
I’ll never go back, I’ll never get my life back on track.
They all say so much, but say nothing at all,
The world is so big and I feel so fucking small.
And then I think to myself and sigh, how can you really give up
If you never tried? One day I called in sick, but I was right outside,
I just sat down on a bench and cried. I saw this child
Playing in the street, his whole life right there under his feet.
I knew that what you do, that’s all there is, but then I went
Upstairs and sat down at my desk. I don’t fit in, but I don’t feel bad,
You can’t miss a feeling that you never had. I know it’s a sham,
But it seemed so real, that what I had to be, isn’t who I am.
The man I see, he would never dream, I just took the life
They handed me. I remember this like it was yesterday,
Even though it now seems so far away
I’ve learned much more than he’ll ever know,
So what do we do now, and where do we go?
Music  Musicvideos  ncpin  ncv 
5 days ago
Die rechten Hipster aus dem Pott
Link: https://correctiv.org/blog/ruhr/artikel/2018/08/16/die-rechten-hipster-aus-dem-pott/
Die Identitäre Bewegung ist die Jugendorganisation der Neuen Rechten in Europa – straff organisiert mit intellektuell verpacktem Rassismus. In Deutschland werden die Identitären vom Verfassungsschutz beobachtet. In NRW sind sie stark vertreten. Die Ortsgruppe in Bochum gilt als besonders aktiv. Unsere Reporterin hat sich als Anwärterin mit ihnen getroffen. Eine Undercover-Reportage. [...]

Frank erzählt stolz, er sei schnell aufgestiegen. Jeder wolle jetzt etwas von ihm. Es tue gut, gebraucht zu werden. Damals in der Schule, da hätten sie ihn wegen seiner schwarzen Klamotten und dem Kajal um die Augen immer komisch angeschaut. Wegen seines Gothic-Looks hätten ihn immer die Ausländer tyrannisiert, erzählt er. Auch heute geht er noch auf Gothic-Treffen. Er sei schon immer eher alternativ gewesen, sagt Frank. „Deshalb bin ich auch ein gutes Gesicht, damit die Leute nicht sofort „Nazi” denken.” Jetzt unter seinen „Patrioten” sei er wer.

Frank erzählt mir von den Regeln der Identitären: Kommuniziert würde nur über den Messenger Threema, das könne nicht abgehört werden. Alle Chats würden nach 30 Tagen gelöscht. Zu speziellen Treffen würden Handys in einem anderen Raum gelassen. „Die können ja jederzeit mithören.” Frank hebt sein Handy zwischen uns. „Hallo Verfassungsschutz”, sagt er.
Nazis  DGNI  IB  Right  nct  ncpin 
5 days ago
Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar
Reuters found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims on Facebook. A secretive operation set up by the social media giant to combat the hate speech is failing to end the problem.

Link: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/myanmar-facebook-hate/
DGNI  ncpin  nct  Facebook  Hatespeech  Violence  Fake  FakeNews 
5 days ago
Vive la Difference
Die Unter­schiede könnten nicht grösser sein: Während es Deleuze um ein liber­täres „Gewimmel von Diffe­renzen, einen Plura­lismus von freien, wilden oder unge­zähmten Diffe­renzen“ ging, will Benoist „dem Chaos eine Form aufzwingen”. Diese Form werde erreicht, indem sich Menschen diffe­ren­zieren und in „Unter-Mensch oder Über-Mensch” sortieren lassen. Benoist kämpft gegen eine Idee des Welt­frie­dens, in dem er ein „Ideal der Wider­spruchs­lo­sig­keit” erkennt, „das zwangs­läufig die Aufhe­bung der Unter­schiede [diffé­rences] in sich schließt”. Er will den Kampf, der Diffe­renzen und Ordnungen herstellt, er will einen „Konflikt der Gegen­sätze”, der Gewinner und Verlierer kennt; sein Denken ähnelt auch darin dem neoli­be­ralen Dogma der konkur­renz­ge­bun­denen Frei­heit des Marktes.
ncpin  PostModernism  Left  nct  Right  Philosophy 
15 days ago
„Portugal’s skies turn orange as desert air threatens to bring new heatwave record“
In the latest phase of a summer of extreme weather that has brought blistering heat to Britain, drought to the Netherlands and deadly wildfires to Greece, the heatwave affecting parts of southern Europe has reached a new intensity this weekend. According to IPMA, the Portuguese weather agency, about a third of the country’s meteorological stations broke temperature records on Saturday. The highest was 46.4C in Alvega, 120km from Lisbon.
Link: https://amp.theguardian.com/weather/2018/aug/04/europe-heatwave-portugal-spain-extreme-temperatures
ncpin  heatrecord  Climate  ncn  Environment 
17 days ago
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK | James Baldwin Birthday Teaser

By the director of „Moonlight“, looks brillant (again).

Novel-Synopsis: The book follows a relationship between a 19-year-old girl named Tish, whose real name is Clementine, and a 22-year-old sculptor named Fonny, whose real name is Alonzo. They become engaged, and she subsequently becomes pregnant. However, he is falsely accused of raping a Puerto Rican woman, Victoria Rogers. It emerges that Fonny was set up by a racist policeman, and soon goes to jail.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
18 days ago
Muncie Girls - Locked up [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Locked Up " is from Muncie Girls' "Fixed Ideals" LP out August 31 via Buzz Records (US/CAN) and Specialist Subject Records (UK/EU).

Pre-order/listen at http://smarturl.it/munciegirls

<iframe style="border: 0; width: 400px; height: 472px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1660216600/size=large/bgcol=333333/linkcol=e32c14/artwork=small/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://buzzrecordsto.bandcamp.com/album/fixed-ideals-lp">Fixed Ideals [LP] by Muncie Girls</a></iframe>
ncpin  ncv  Music  Musicvideos 
18 days ago
Cloud Nothings - Live at Goose Island IPA Day

Cloud Nothings perform live at the Goose Island Brewery in Chicago for IPA Day.

<iframe style="border: 0; width: 350px; height: 753px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=980228688/size=large/bgcol=333333/linkcol=e32c14/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://cloudnothings.bandcamp.com/album/life-without-sound">Life Without Sound by Cloud Nothings</a></iframe>
ncpin  ncv  Music  Live  Musicvideos 
18 days ago
MDMA Trailer #1 (2018) | Movieclips Indie

US Release Date: 2018
Starring: Francesca Eastwood, Elisa Donovan, Pierson Fode
Directed By: Angie Wang
Synopsis: In 1984, the most powerful drug dealer on the west coast was a 19 year old coed. Based on actual events.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
18 days ago
Mara Trailer #1 (2018) | Movieclips Indie

US Release Date: September 7, 2018
Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Javier Botet, Mitch Eakins
Directed By: Clive Tonge
Synopsis: Criminal psychologist Kate Fuller is assigned to the murder of a man who has seemingly been strangled in his sleep by his wife and the only witness is their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. As Kate digs into the mystery of an ancient demon which kills people in their sleep, she experiences the same petrifying symptoms as all previous victims and spirals through a chilling nightmare to save herself and Sophie before she dares fall asleep again.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
18 days ago

Directed by: Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund
Release date: August 17, 2018 (US)(VOD)

Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar (Lennon) returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. Girl-next-door Ashley (Pellicer) and his comic book shop boss, Markowitz (Franklin), join Edgar for the doomed road trip. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
18 days ago
FOREVER Official Trailer (HD) Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen Amazon Series

June (Maya Rudolph) and Oscar (Fred Armisen) live a comfortable but very predictable wedded life when suddenly they find themselves in a completely unexpected situation, raising questions about love and marriage.
ncpin  ncv  Series  Movies  Trailer 
18 days ago
SMALLFOOT - Official Final Trailer [HD]

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
18 days ago
Along Came the Devil - Teaser

After a troubled childhood, Ashley searches for a connection, and unknowingly invites in a demonic force, which leaves her loved ones fighting for her soul.

An Exorcism movie for a new generation, ALONG CAME THE DEVIL.

Gravitas Ventures will release the film in theaters, On Demand and Digital HD on August 10, 2018.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
18 days ago
Big Five personality group differences across academic majors: A systematic review
During the past decades, a number of studies have explored personality group differences in the Big Five personality traits among students in different academic majors. To date, though, this research has not been reviewed systematically. This was the aim of the present review. A systematic literature search identified twelve eligible studies yielding an aggregated sample size of 13,389. Eleven studies reported significant group differences in one or multiple Big Five personality traits. Consistent findings across studies were that students of arts/humanities and psychology scored high on Neuroticism and Openness; students of political sc. scored high on Openness; students of economics, law, political sc., and medicine scored high on Extraversion; students of medicine, psychology, arts/humanities, and sciences scored high on Agreeableness; and students of arts/humanities scored low on Conscientiousness. Effect sizes were calculated to estimate the magnitude of the personality group differences. These effect sizes were consistent across studies comparing similar pairs of academic majors. For all Big Five personality traits medium effect sizes were found frequently, and for Openness even large effect sizes were found regularly. The results from the present review indicate that substantial personality group differences across academic majors exist. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886915300921
ncp  ncpin  Papers  Psychology 
19 days ago
Interpol - Number 10

'Number 10' is the second single taken from Interpol's new album 'Marauder', released on August 24th on Matador Records. Pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/Marauder

Listen to 'Number 10' here:
ncpin  ncv  Music  Musicvideos 
19 days ago
How Africa is Becoming China's China

Wie China Wachstum in Afrika fördert und in seinen eigenen Niedriglohn-Kontinent investiert – ohne Zinsen (smart fuckers).
ncpin  ncv  Economy  Africa  China  Globalisierung  VideoEssays  Politics 
19 days ago
Youtube Originals: Origin "Pale New Dot" with Tom Felton

Humankind has a second home among the stars. Is it a new beginning --or a last chance? Tom Felton narrates. Origin, a YouTube Original Series, Coming this fall.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Series  Trailer 
19 days ago

Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky follow up Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark with a sobering meditation on psychedelic potash mines, expansive concrete seawalls, mammoth industrial machines, and other examples of humanity’s massive, destructive reengineering of the planet.
ncpin  ncv  Documentary  Movies  Trailer  Anthropocene 
20 days ago
Kane Strang - It's Not That Bad (Official Video)

“It’s Not That Bad” from ’Two Hearts and No Brain’ by Kane Strang, out now on Dead Oceans
Available on LP/CD/Tape/Digital: https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang
ncpin  ncv  Music  Musicvideos 
20 days ago
Luz - Festival Teaser

Fleeing from the grasp of a possessed woman, a distressed cabdriver begins a confession in a rundown police station that endangers everyone who crosses her path.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
20 days ago
The Beach Party Genre

Before John Hughes, before Dazed and Confused, and before Twilight, there were the Beach Party films – one of the first times Hollywood produced films that were specifically designed for and marketed to teenagers. Let's dive in to what is undeniably one of the oddest subgenres in films history (but maybe one that was also pretty fun?).
ncpin  ncv  VideoEssays  Movies 
20 days ago
VALLEY OF THE BOOM Official Trailer (HD)

Valley of the Boom explores the dot-com era during Silicon Valley's unprecedented tech boom of the 1990s and subsequent bust. The six-part limited series, tells the wildly true stories of the epic browser wars and the companies that shaped the internet.
ncpin  ncv  Series  Movies  Trailer 
20 days ago
Evolutionary Origins of Gender Shopping Styles: She Gatherer, He Hunter?
The authors investigate gender shopping styles across countries and explore whether differences between male and female shopping styles are greater than differences in shopping styles between consumers across countries. The study develops a conceptual model to test Eagly and Wood's (1999) convergence hypothesis. Applied to shopping, this predicts that men and women should become more similar in shopping styles as traditional gender-based divisions in wage labor and domestic labor disappear. <strong>The results of a survey on shopping behavior across 11 countries indicate that men and women are evolutionarily predisposed to different shopping styles. Counter to the convergence hypothesis, differences in shopping styles between women and men are greater in higher-gender-equality countries than in lower-gender-equality countries.</strong>

Empathizing—the ability to tune into someone's thoughts and feelings—mediates shopping style more for women, while systemizing—the degree to which an individual possesses spatial skills—mediates shopping style more for men. Results suggest that gender-based retail segmentation is more strategically relevant than country-based segmentation. The authors discuss the implications of their findings for international marketing theory and practice.

Link: http://journals.ama.org/doi/abs/10.1509/jim.17.0096?code=amma-site
ncp  ncpin  Feminism  IlliberalLeft  Science  Capitalism  Papers 
21 days ago
Mission: Impossible — Executing the Perfect Heist - YouTube

The Mission Impossible franchise is full of great examples of how to construct a compelling heist sequence. This video examines the heists from the original film and Mission Impossible — Rogue Nation to reveal the anatomy of a heist.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Crime  VideoEssays 
21 days ago
alt-J - In Cold Blood (Feat. Pusha T) (Twin Shadow Version)

Twin Shadow's rework of 'In Cold Blood' feat. Pusha T. taken from the upcoming album REDUXER, out 28th September 2018.
Pre-order: https://alt-j.lnk.to/REDUXERID // Stream or Buy: https://alt-j.lnk.to/ICBPushaTID

'In Cold Blood' is taken from alt-J's latest record RELAXER.
Out Now: https://alt-j.lnk.to/RelaxerID
ncpin  ncv  Music  Musicvideos 
21 days ago
STRFKR - Maps (Geographer Remix) [OFFICIAL AUDIO]

"Maps" (Geographer Remix) is taken from, Being No One, Going Nowhere (REMIXES), out August 17, 2018.

Order 2xLP/CD/Digital: http://plyvnyl.co/STRFKRemixes
Stream/Download: http://smarturl.it/STRFKRemixes
ncpin  ncv  Music  Musicvideos 
21 days ago
Magic Potion - "Shock Proof" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Video by Andreas Sandberg. Lead single from Magic Potion's second album Endless Graffiti, out October 26 2018 via PNKSLM Recordings. Pre-order at http://www.PNKSLM.com/store
ncpin  ncv  Music  Musicvideos 
21 days ago
Sleaford Mods - Stick In A Five And Go

'Stick In A Five And Go' is taken from Sleaford Mods' upcoming self-titled EP out on Rough Trade Records on September 14th.
Pre-order: http://rtrecs.co/sleafordmodsep
ncpin  ncv  Music  Musicvideos 
21 days ago
VENOM - Official Trailer 2 (HD)

The world has enough superheroes. Watch the new #Venom trailer now. 10.5.18.

One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
21 days ago
Trigger warning: Empirical evidence ahead
• Trigger warnings increase peoples' perceived emotional vulnerability to trauma.
• Trigger warnings increase peoples' belief that trauma survivors are vulnerable.
• Trigger warnings increase anxiety to written material perceived as harmful.

Trigger warnings notify people of the distress that written, audiovisual, or other material may evoke, and were initially used to provide for the needs of those with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Since their inception, trigger warnings have become more widely applied throughout contemporary culture, sparking intense controversy in academia and beyond. Some argue that they empower vulnerable individuals by allowing them to psychologically prepare for or avoid disturbing content, whereas others argue that such warnings undermine resilience to stress and increase vulnerability to psychopathology while constraining academic freedom. The objective of our experiment was to investigate the psychological effects of issuing trigger warnings.

Trigger warnings may inadvertently undermine some aspects of emotional resilience. Further research is needed on the generalizability of our findings, especially to collegiate populations and to those with trauma histories.

Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005791618301137
Papers  Feminism  ncp  ncpin  TriggerWarnings  Psychology 
21 days ago
Final Score Trailer #1 (2018)

US Release Date: 2018
Starring: Dave Bautista, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Stevenson
Directed By: Scott Mann
Synopsis: Some scores will never be settled.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
21 days ago
The First | Season 1 Teaser

US Air Date: September 14, 2018
Starring: Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, Rey Lucas
Network: Hulu
Synopsis: In the future, the first human is sent to Mars to explore the possibility of interplanetary colonization.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Series  Trailer 
21 days ago
MR. MERCEDES Season 2 Trailer (2018) Stephen King Series

Brendan Gleeson (Braveheart, the Harry Potter films) is back as retired homicide detective Bill Hodges in the new season of the critically acclaimed AT&T Audience Network series based on horror master Stephen King's best-selling detective books.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Series  Trailer  StephenKing 
21 days ago
The Cleaners - Official Trailer

When you post something on the web, can you be sure it stays there? Enter a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like. Who is controlling what we see… and what we think?
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Documentary  Trailer 
21 days ago
John Oliver - Facebook

John Oliver zersägt Facebooks Emo-Commercials und beleuchtet einmal mehr die Tatsache, dass die Vorwürfe, für die sich Facebook angeblich entschuldigt (Clickbait, Manipulation, FakeNews), erst durch Facebooks Geschäftsmodell entstanden.
ncpin  ncv  DasGeileNeueInternet  Facebook  Advertising  BigData  Commercial  VideoEssays 
22 days ago
I Think We're Alone Now Teaser Trailer #1 (2018) | Movieclips Indie

US Release Date: September 21, 2018
Starring: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Directed By: Reed Morano
Synopsis: The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse -- until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
22 days ago
Mid90s Trailer #1 (2018) | Movieclips Trailers

US Release Date: October 19, 2018
Starring: Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Sunny Suljic
Directed By: Jonah Hill

Synopsis: Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
22 days ago
The Evolution of Writing
Writing – a system of graphic marks representing the units of a specific language – has been invented independently in the Near East, China and Mesoamerica. The cuneiform script, created in Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq, ca. 3200 BC, was first. It is also the only writing system which can be traced to its earliest prehistoric origin. This antecedent of the cuneiform script was a system of counting and recording goods with clay tokens. The evolution of writing from tokens to pictography, syllabary and alphabet illustrates the development of information processing to deal with larger amounts of data in ever greater abstraction.

Link: https://sites.utexas.edu/dsb/tokens/the-evolution-of-writing/
PDF: http://sites.utexas.edu/dsb/files/2014/01/evolution_writing.pdf
ncp  ncpin  Papers  Writing  Handwriting  Anthropology  Science 
22 days ago
The web’s transition from nomadism to feudalism
Over the past 25 years, the web appears to have transitioned from a primarily nomadic culture to a mostly agrarian one, mirroring the Neolithic Revolution 10,000 years ago.

The simplicity of HTML-only site building, spaces like Geocities & Angelfire, and cultural artifacts such as web rings coupled with poor search engine tech saw us navigate the web like nomads: from point to point, link to link.

The web has developed & so have the skills necessary to build within it. HTML was easy. CSS took a little more time & JS more again, alienating most and establishing a class hierarchy. Discovery was solved, weakening point-to-point navigation.

The literate Priesthood can still build & interface with the web, but the vast majority of people are relegated to the peasantry. “Fortunately” for them, motivated benefactors have offered a Faustian bargain to make their lives “easier”.

Corporate Feudalism has emerged to create centralized, “safe” spaces for the peasantry to work & play. Attention is farmed and sold in exchange for convenience, protection, mediated self-expression & an indifferent audience. You can do anything if it’s within their borders.

Link: https://kottke.org/18/07/the-webs-transition-from-nomadism-to-feudalism
Internet  nct  ncpin  Tech  DGNI 
22 days ago
The Good Cop | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

From the creator of Monk comes The Good Cop, a new Netflix Original series starring Tony Danza and Josh Groban. All episodes available September 21st.
ncpin  ncv  Series  Movies  Trailer 
22 days ago
Maniac | Teaser [HD] | Netflix

Jonah Hill. Emma Stone. Maniac.

Maniac follows "Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim, two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment—a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray, claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak—draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently."
ncpin  ncv  Series  Movies  Trailer 
22 days ago
What Keeps You Alive - Official Red Band Trailer I HD I IFC Midnight

Opening in theaters and VOD August 24

Directed by: Colin Minihan

Starring: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac

How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor hidden dimensions drives this thrillingly unpredictable, blood-stained fear trip. Jackie (Hannah Emily Anderson) and Jules (Brittany Allen) are a couple celebrating their one year anniversary at a secluded cabin in the woods belonging to Jackie’s family. From the moment they arrive, something changes in Jules’ normally loving wife, as Jackie (if that even is her real name) begins to reveal a previously unknown dark side—all building up to a shocking revelation that will pit Jules against the woman she loves most in a terrifying fight to survive. Defying expectations at every turn, Director Colin Minihan delivers a nerve-twisting cat and mouse thriller built around a shattering tale of heartbreak and betrayal.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
22 days ago
Postmodernism vs. The Pomoid Cluster
“Postmodernism” is used by its critics as a label for a set of ideas and attitudes which bear a family resemblance both to each other and to postmodernism proper. Its use is strikingly similar to that of other bogeymen-words like, “patriarchy” and “capitalism,” in that it is not one big phenomenon, but many small ones in a trenchcoat.

In my experience, the list of what is being referred to under the name “postmodernism” looks something like this:

- Activist scholarship that’s more concerned with advocacy than knowledge.
- The idea that it’s okay to be as political and biased as you want because everything is political anyway.
- Public debate is a war of ideas and non-rational means are acceptable. Indeed, insisting on rational rules and objective standards is nothing but an attempt to gain the upper hand.
- The attitude that science, rationality, and logic hold no special status as means of inquiry, often backed up by describing them as male, white, and western, in contradiction to their professed universality.
- Identity politics as defined here: i.e. the idea that oppressed groups are owed agreement with their views due to past and present injustices, backed by the notion that effective communication and rational discussion across identity lines are impossible.
- Favoring subjectivity and intuition over objectivity and evidence.
- Favoring ideas over the physical when thinking about what constitutes reality.
- Everything is about power. For example, scientific facts are the outcome of social processes and reflects the biases of the winners, not actual truth.
- The structure of society is not a given and arguments justifying the status quo are simply the ruling groups’ attempts to justify their privileges.
- Things are “socially constructed,” which can mean many things, but usually implies that the categorization/conceptualization of people, events, or contexts creates corresponding behaviors, rather than those behaviors being innate.
- Cultural and ideological forces, not material limitations or human nature, cause social problems.
- There is no “human nature” worth considering.
- Individual wants are mediated by culture to such an extent that they can be viewed as untrustworthy.
- A focus on relationships as more fundamental than entities.
- An unwillingness to pass judgment on cultural practices, often inconsistently applied only to cultures considered oppressed.
- Rigid labeling, especially of people, is illegitimate. It’s desirable to disrupt and destabilize categories, boundaries and roles.
- Subjective interpretations of experiences and communication are always correct. Intent does not determine meaning.
- People’s own view of themselves is more important than their objective characteristics.
- The political and social implications of ideas are more important and interesting than their accuracy or parsimony.
- Image and appearances are more important than substance.
- It’s valid to criticize scientific ideas ideologically, even if you have no particular scientific objections to offer.
- No culture is better than any other. This often includes the hypocritical exception of western civilization, which is bad.
PostModernism  Philosophy  nct  ncpin  JordanPeterson  DasGeileNeueInternet 
22 days ago
Cultural Appropriation and the Children of ‘Shōgun’
During much of the twentieth century, white American authors produced some excellent novels featuring Native American characters. The list includes masterpieces such as Oliver La Farge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Laughing Boy (1929) and Scott O’Dell’s Newbery Medal-winning Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960). Other prominent titles in the genre include Thomas Berger’s 1964 novel Little Big Man (subsequently adapted into a film starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway directed by Arthur Penn), Margaret Craven’s I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1967), and Douglas C. Jones’s A Creek Called Wounded Knee (1978).

But the production of such novels has dwindled markedly over the last 40 years or so. This probably has something to do with what happened to Ruth Beebe Hill after the publication of her 1978 novel Hanta Yo. The early reviews of the book were positive. A reviewer for the Harvard Crimson called Hanta Yo “the best researched novel yet written about an American Indian tribe.” Native American author N. Scott Momaday, author of House Made of Dawn, admired the book. David Wolper, the producer of the landmark TV miniseries Roots purchased the film rights to Hanta Yo and planned to give it the same treatment as Roots. Alas, before Wolper could put his plan into action, the book began drawing criticism from Native American groups contending that it was an inaccurate portrayal of the Sioux. A 1980 article in People magazine summarized the controversy like this:

A $2 million class-action suit, filed on behalf of the Sioux people, claims that Hill’s sweeping novel set at the turn of the eighteenth century is demeaning to the Plains Indians. The litigation seeks further to block production of any TV show based on Hanta Yo. Sioux activists have also tried to force the work out of bookstores and libraries and have picketed the author on the lecture circuit, waving signs like HILL HAS A TONTO COMPLEX.

Hill strongly defended her book against the attacks. The article in People points out that she spent nearly 30 years researching the novel and consulted more 700 Indians during that period. Nonetheless, the damage was done. The TV miniseries was never made and the book soon drifted out of print. Although Hill lived to be 102, she would never write another novel. No other white novelist has published a novel about American Indian life anywhere near as ambitious as Hanta Yo in the years since. No doubt the fear of being publicly shamed for ‘cultural appropriation’ has had something to do with it.

More recently, author Laura Moriarty triggered a firestorm when she included an American Muslim character in her young-adult novel American Heart (2018). Because the book’s main character was a white girl, Moriarty was accused of exploiting a ‘white savior’ narrative. According to Ruth Graham of Slate magazine, even before the book was published, it had…

…already attracted the ire of the fierce group of online YA readers that journalist Kat Rosenfield has referred to as ‘culture cops.’ To them, it was an irredeemable problem that Moriarty’s novel, which was inspired in part by Huckleberry Finn, centers on a white teenager who gradually—too gradually—comes to terms with the racism around her. On Goodreads, the book’s top ‘community review,’ posted in September, begins, “fuck your white savior narratives”; other early commenters on Goodreads accused Moriarty of “profiting off people’s pain” and said “a white writer should not have tackled this story, and neither should a white character be the center of it.”

The outcry surrounding Moriarty’s book was so intense that Kirkus took the unprecedented step of removing a positive review of American Heart from its website, even though the review had been written by a Muslim woman who is an authority on young-adult literature.

In the midst of such a cultural moment, few white writers are likely to undertake the tremendous amount of research required to produce a book like Shōgun or Shanghai or Jade knowing that a hostile reception will almost certainly be awaiting them and their novel when (and if) it finally sees the light of day. If you haven’t yet experienced the joys of exploring ‘The Children of Shogun,’ a great literary pleasure still awaits you. But read slowly and linger over each book. No more than a few dozen excellent examples were ever published. And no new titles are likely to appear in the foreseeable future, if Celeste Ng and her ilk have their way.

Link: https://quillette.com/2018/07/30/cultural-appropriation-and-the-children-of-shogun/
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