Sunday Reading

by Steve

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By no popular demand whatsoever, a return of one of those posts with links to things I’ve been reading, or planning to read, with little or no context whatsoever. Hopefully you’ll find something here worth reading.

And if you have a few pennies spare I highly recommend Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever. It covers The Room (which I’ve shamefully still not seen), Rebecca Black’s Friday, the ‘Monkey Jesus’ painting, reality TV failures and more. It looks at an apparently frivolous subject yet shows this is a phenomenon we should be taking seriously. The biggest ‘epic fails’ show not just people failing, but those people being unaware of their failure. What does that say about us, that so many of us find that entertaining? The book is short yet covers a lot of ground, brings in some serious theory with a lightness of touch and puts a whole new slant on something I didn’t really care about, but perhaps should.

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