Britney Spears extends a honeyed thigh across the length of the sofa, keeping one foot on the floor as she does so. Her blond-streaked hair is piled high,exposing two little diamond earrings on each ear lobe; her face is fully made-up, down to carefully applied lip liner. The BABY PHAT logo of Spears’ pink T-shirt is distended by her ample chest,and her silky white shorts — with dark blue piping — cling snugly to her hips. She cocks her head and smiles receptively. But hold on. It’s not like that. You’re falling into the same trap as the lovelorn youths who call Spears’ local florist to send her long-stemmed roses and the randy fellows outside the MTV studios with prom invites scrawled on their chests. Admittedly, that trap is carefully baited by a debut video that shows the seventeen-year-old singer cavorting around like the naughtiest of schoolgirls. But, as Spears points out, nothing is actually revealed. “All I did was tie up my … [Read more...] about Britney Spears, Teen Queen: Rolling Stone’s 1999 Cover Story
Accident claims time limit
Professor Lowell: …We came very close to The China Syndrome. Richard Adams (Michael Douglas), a radical young cameraman, is working with Kimberly Wells (Jane Fonda), a TV reporter, on what is shaping up as one of your everyday pro-nuclear-power pieces. They are at the Ventana Nuclear Power Plant in southern California, and Adams has just filmed Wells and a PR man talking about how the plant works. As soon as the PR guy is out of earshot, the long-haired, bearded and frumpy Adams recites: “Steam turns the turbine that turns the generator…. and the shit hits the fan.” Moments later, in the visitors’ room, the TV crew feels a tremor. Adams, who’s been told he can’t film the control room just below them, casually props his camera up on a table, adjusts his lens and looks bored, while his camera captures shift supervisor Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon) accelerating from calm to panic as the rest of his staff run around the room pushing buttons, … [Read more...] about How Nice Guy Michael Douglas Came to Star in ‘The China Syndrome’
We shouldn’t be asking Facebook to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It’s our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup site turned international cat-video vault turned Orwellian surveillance megavillain – has dragged us all to the very cliff edge of modern technological capitalism. We’ve reached a moment in history where many companies are more powerful than even major industrialized nations, and in some cases have essentially replaced governments as de facto regulators and overseers. But some of those companies suck just a little too badly at the governing part, leaving us staring into a paradox. The Russians call this situation a sobaka na sene, a dog on the hay. Asleep in the manger, the dog itself won’t eat the hay. But it won’t let you eat it either. We’ve got to get the dog off the hay. For much of the past year and a half, the Social Network has been everywhere … [Read more...] about Can We Be Saved From Facebook?