Americans aren’t dying like they used to. They’re living longer, and more are dying of natural causes. In 2010, nearly one-third of all deaths (31%) came from people ages 85 and older - a big improvement from 1968, when the 85+ age cohort made up just 12.6% of all deaths.
“18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information. That’s an increase from the 11% who reported personal information theft in July 2013.
21% of online adults said they had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission.The same number reported this experience in a July 2013 survey.”—More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach | Pew Research Center (via onaissues)
“On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, “I decline to accept the end of man.” I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy he refused to recognize thirty-two years ago is now, for the first time since the beginning of humanity, nothing more than a simple scientific possibility. Faced with this awesome reality that must have seemed a mere utopia through all of human time, we, the inventors of tales, who will believe anything, feel entitled to believe that it is not yet too late to engage in the creation of the opposite utopia. A new and sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth.”—In the wake of Gabriel García Márquez’s death, wisdom from his 1982 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Complement with Faulkner’s iconic 1950 Nobel speech on the role o the writer as a booster of the human heart, which Márquez bows to here. (via explore-blog)
There was a time, not too long ago, when it was extremely difficult for a young cinephile to get a proper education in film. When I was growing up, I spent plenty of time paging through dog-eared guides written by Roger Ebert or Leonard Maltin, or scouring local video stores to find a relatively obscure classic on a VHS that would actually play.
Fortunately, the rise of Netflix and video-on-demand services has made it exponentially easier for anyone who’s curious about the history of cinema to get up to speed. But with so many movies at your fingertips, where do you begin? Fortunately, Netflix has a documentary series that doubles as an intensive course on the history of cinema: The Story of Film: An Odyssey, which director and narrator Mark Cousins adapted from his book of the same name.
In 15 hour-long segments, Cousins takes viewers from the “Birth of Cinema” in 1888 to the present, and even provides some intriguing predictions about cinema’s future. Along the way, he offers information, analysis, and perspective on a number of important movements and eras throughout film history, including the European New Wave, the American cinema of the 1970s, and the ongoing rise of world cinema in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. All the while, Cousins strikes a careful balance by providing essential context to the iconic films and filmmakers you’d expect — D.W. Griffith, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock — while challenging conventional wisdom by highlighting out the female and non-western filmmakers who contributed far more to cinema than they’ve ever received credit for.
The Story of Film is thoughtful and deeply intellectual — but fortunately, that doesn’t make it feel like work. Cousins’ thick, laconic Irish accent can take some time to adjust to, but he makes an appealing and comprehensive host. And on a pure engagement level, the series is an absolute joy to watch — where else are you going to see so many brilliant films, so beautifully woven together and contextualized, in one place?
If you have any interest in the history of cinema, clear some time in your binge-watching schedule for The Story of Film — and use it as the springboard to an appreciation of film that will last for the rest of your life.
“As admirably altruistic as it sounds, the problem with voluntourism is its singular focus on the volunteer’s quest for experience, as opposed to the recipient community’s actual needs.”—Opinion: The white tourist’s burden: Growing Western demand for altruistic vacations is feeding the white-savior industrial complex (via aljazeeraamerica)
I’m so tired of people who are a minority hurting their oppressors back as retaliation. Your hurtful actions against your oppressor are not justified, even if you are being oppressed. You’re just becoming the same kind of person they are. So stop.