The Boston Phoenix Returns to the Ashes, Pastor Says Jesus Told Him to Have Sex With Minor, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Game of Thrones from 1995, and Virulent Internet Content
Still reeling from the shock of Wes Welker's betrayal and now having to mourn the loss Danny Woodhead, Bostonians have yet another painful event to endure: the loss of the Boston Phoenix. Grantland's Charles P. Pierce wrote a wonderful memorial and eulogy to his former home, one of the most engaging, boisterous, and raucous collections of voices from the fringes of the alternative press, and the start of quite a few illustrious journalism careers. Longform has put up a wonderful collection of some of the Phoenix's best reporting as the paper puts out its final issue.
Surprise, surprise—yet another American religious authority has found himself tumbling from grace. How many "megachurch" leaders is this now who have ended up embroiled in some raunchy sex scandal? Jack Schaap, the now disgraced minister of the First Baptist Megachurch of Hammond, Indiana, told his teenage lover that Jesus wanted them to have sex according to the Huffington Post's crime section, and God's law always trumps the laws of man, right? Creep apparently texted 662 times in one month, too.
Yes, I miss Congressman Frank Underwood, too. Apparently some folks over at the Guardian do as well, and they've posted a near-nine minute video of actors breaking the fourth wall to tide us over while the minds and talent behind the American House of Cards work their way through the second season. And if you haven't already seen this, I very highly recommend the wonderfully satirical House of Cardinals.
The folks over at GeekTyrant stumbled upon one of the more entertaining offerings from the fans eagerly anticipating Game of Thrones' third season premier: what Game of Thrones would have looked like had it been made in 1995. Even if you aren't terribly enamored with the real show, this is worth a peak.
According to the Economist, Microsoft Research is looking into why some internet content goes viral and the vast majority of it does not. The good news: search engines may be either able to more quickly recognize and link to viral content, or completely block it from our searches. The latter would be truly wonderful, especially after the terrifying horror that is/was the Harlem Shake.