All right Mr. Demille, I'm ready for my close-up. / Schezar
The Baffler,  February 22, 2016

Daily Bafflements

All right Mr. Demille, I'm ready for my close-up. / Schezar


• How do the teen subcultures of high school map onto those of the Internet? “Those blessed with early-onset hotness are drawn to YouTube,” writes Elspeth Reeve in the New Republic, “the fashionable and seemingly wealthy post to Instagram, the most charismatic actors, dancers, and comedians thrive on Vine . . . Tumblr is the social network that, based on my reporting, is seen by teens as the most uncool.” Lucy Ellmann wrote about the lonely YouTube segment of the teen demographic in Baffler issue 29: “Sometimes a purse-dog or bunny rabbit joins her to be cuddled (bunnies are big in this world, though the bunny itself must be small).”

• Hillary Clinton represents “American politics at peak neoliberalism, where a distorted version of identity politics is used to defend an oligarchy and a national security state, celebrating diversity in the management of exploitation and warfare,” writes Daniel Denvir.

• U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron “is a Donut,” not least for wasting time on a referendum about whether to stay in the European Union in the middle of a refugee crisis. This confirms received wisdom that “the only good Tory is a suppository.” 

• Google will not confirm or deny rumors that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer. Hey, good luck to those GOP contenders “remaining on the island” with him—rather you than us!

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