This issue takes us from the world of photography with Tourist Places to a pop culture mash up with Iconatomy over to some geopolitical commentary on North Korea and finally back to Chicago to ask people what their favorite memory is. At least one of them is sure to make you smile.
We are often asked where we find the items we write about in Reflecteur. We are lucky to have a team of contributors that send us items going viral from their favorite sites. Each of our contributors has his or her own interests and favorite sites to visit, so the items they send are as varied as they are. However, despite this range certain ones seem to pop up again and again as top sites.
This one page issue includes some of out favorite sites for digital culture items across a variety of categories. From the ad world to cooking to gaming to geek love, these sites are some of the best to check for what’s being shared right now.
This is a bit of an eclectic issue, ranging from a childish prank to one lawyer’s very serious response to a spam invoice. Here’s a bit more information to get you excited:
- AI vs AI – This experiment from some Cornell University students looked at what would happen if two chatbots struck up a conversation. The results are hilarious. The response from viewers reminds us of just how much robots still amaze and frighten us (and how proud we are that they can’t mimic us just yet).
- Spam Revenge – What happens when you send a law office a fake invoice and a lawyer there gets a hold of it? If he’s this blogger he digs up copious amounts of information on you via public records… then shows the rest of us how to do it. Good luck with that same scam in the future.
- Streetview Vandalism – We’ve seen many responses to the Streetview car: performance art, scavenger hunts, even anger. This is the first bit of vandalism we’ve come across (at least the first that has been memorialized in Streetview by accident).
- Yelper Backlash – Yes, Yelp can be an amazingly helpful site. But as with any crowdsourced effort, there’s a lot of random other crap in there. Now there are multiple ways to respond to self centered, racist or clueless comments.
Page one of this issue looks at more serious items in digital culture. The first, a tribute to the Twin Towers on the anniversary of 9/11, is an great example of the way digital culture is influenced by offline events and culture but expresses this influence in its own, digital culture-y way. The second article is about a video that reminds us why we tend to hold fire fighters in such high regard.
Page two is far less timely, but still quite fun. The top article features a video that is a great example of a twist on our classic theme of the universality of photos. Video too has the ability to cross geographic and language barriers with ease within the digital space. Finally, we look at a photographic technique that is certainly not new, but has experienced an influx of popularity recently. The digital space loves examples of how to do something. But it loves to celebrate individuals who spend insane amounts of time on something cool even more.
In this issue you can enjoy the following:
- Street Fighter Stop Motion: This YouTube video features a stop motion fight between two Street Fighter action figures. It’s a great example of the way the idea of universality of photos also works for videos.
- Sad Etsy Dogs: This photo blog finds images of dogs on etsy modeling their owners creations. Let’s just say they look very pathetic. It shouldn’t be funny, but it is.
- Hey Marty!: Sometimes quick, little one hits online are the funniest. This image and comment are matched perfectly. Just check it out.
- Everyone Killed by Jason: This infographic is a bit morbid and pretty awesome. It represents everyone killed by Jason in all 12 films. You don’t have to have seen them all to appreciate both the excellence of data visualization represented as well just how blood thirsty Jason really was.