Why You’re Wrong About the Oscars: Best Actress
Welcome to “Why You’re Wrong About the Oscars,” a series of rhetorical exercises illustrating the finer points of internet-style debate — live! Each episode of WYWAO features a pair of movie enthusiasts with opposing views about who will win a particular Academy Award. The catch: Each cannot explain why he or she is right. Instead, he or she can only enumerate the many reasons why the other person is wrong. So very, very wrong.
Today’s Best Actress episode is an all-Tumblr edition featuring our fashion mandarin Valentine Uhovski (championing Jennifer Lawrence from Silver Linings Playbook) versus our communications director, Katherine Barna (contrariwise saying Jessica Chastain from Zero Dark Thirty shall get the nod). Could either of them be more wrong? Let’s find out!
Shot on location at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
This is the second episode in a new series I’m working on with Tumblr’s Storyboard blog. Check out the first episode, and check back every Thursday leading up to the Oscars for another installment. Also, note the beautiful sonorous tones of the voice over featured in the intro and conclusion of each video.
Hello Giggles on Feminism, Baby Animals, & Tweens
It began as the girl alternative to Funny or Die: a place where smart, independent, creative women could spread their brand of comedy on the web. A year in, ladyblogging site Hello Giggles may boast as much earnestness as comedy, but it is — in the words of its founding trio — a rare place on the web where negativity isn’t tolerated. “It’s positivity, all the time,” say actress Zooey Deschanel, producer Sophia Rossi, and writer Molly McAleer. On the eve of the site’s one-year anniversary, Tumblr sat down with the women to talk feminism, baby animals, and what they have in common with tweens.
Zooey Deschanel would rather not go on vacation than be without her cell phone. If you don’t understand that, we’ve put it into graphical form to help you out. Big thanks to Ronik Design & Development for their rapid graphic creation skills.
Inside the New York Times “Lively Morgue”
Print archives that were once the heart of many newspapers have gone the way of the floppy disk. But at the New York Times, home to the Lively Morgue Tumblr, the technology that’s threatened to kill the morgue may also save it. We went inside the morgue to find out what all the fuss was about. Read the accompanying feature.
I’m so excited to have two videos featured at the launch of Tumblr’s new Storyboard site. This one about The New York Times photo and clippings morgue was amazing and endlessly fascinating. We probably had enough material to do a 15 minute video, but alas, unless you’re hunting Kony, the internets beg for brevity. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Storyboard!