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Posts tagged butt catalog
Hi, I moved to Williamsburg in 2006 and, like, yeah, there was a Williamsburg before 2006 but I decided to pretend that there wasn’t and instead complain how, in the last six years while I was off in Boston living in my parent’s [sic] condominium for free and then in San Francisco after I inherited a bunch of money, things are a lot different than when I lived there with my friend’s [sic]. Now I’m still broke and fucking a bunch of dudes I meet at Union Pool (I go there ironically now) and then I eat at the same places that Maggie Gyllenhaal eats. I guess getting older is kinda weird, huh?
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Hey, remind me to tell you the story about how I met the founder of Thought Catalog, when he tried to bait me into making fun of his terrible website by complimenting me for this post and conveniently waiting to inform me of his job. (I had a hunch that he was onto some REAL HOUSEWIVES BULLSHIT when I saw him talking to Tao Lin and Ryan O’Connell minutes before introducing himself to me.) After he revealed that he was the founder of Thought Catalog? He told me that he “had considered hiring me,” whatever the hell that means.
Go ahead and read this Forbes interview between the founder of the website and one of his contributors if you must. If you don’t, let me just share with you this tidbit, which is really the chicken of the nugget:
We are in the process of overhauling the site from the ground up. You’re going see everything change from invisible things like the technical infrastructure, to concrete things like the visual design and editorial. We’re striving to become one of the best content websites out there and because everyone involved with Thought Catalog is so talented, so dedicated we might just pull it off.
You know, I was just going to go with “WHAT MOUTH AM I KISSING?!” but then I read a few paragraphs (I know, stupid move!), and then I realized it’s about how this dude’s girlfriend is a “harlot” but he loves her anyway, or something, and then I got actually annoyed.
Should we accept our new identity as a culture of people who can’t stay married for more than five or ten years?
You guys. Someone over on Thought Catalog just discovered the concept of divorce and it’s CHANGING. EVERYTHING.
There’s this thing:
I would argue that writers, even fiction writers, are documenters and do not create markets in the same way that corporations fabricate a need for products like the Forever Lazy or a cake pop maker through marketing. Writers attempt to respond to the cultural moment, so if a text has an audience, then it is highly likely that it is responding to some aspect of the human condition or a concern of its era. Ex: As much as I personally dislike the Twilight Saga because I find Bella to be an un-empowered and flat character, I cannot deny that the series responds to the human desire to be effortlessly exceptional and the hope that we will find something that will lift our lives out of mundanity. Even the tritest rhyming love poem that gets 400 notes on Tumblr from teenage girl bloggers is responding to some need or curiosity in the audience, even if that is just a desire for saccharine puppy-love. I take no pleasure in reading either of these works, but that is because I exist outside of their target audience. The power of the internet is that audiences are free to be fragmented, and therefore more representational than ever before.
I see what you’re trying to say! Having said that, I don’t think there needs to be trollbaiting posts like, “WTF Is Up With Girls?!” or narcissistic fictionalized stories about hooking up with dudes, or “essays” written in the second person about what it’s like to make-out with someone. Guess what? There have been a lot of things written about having sex with people, and lots of misogyny under the guise of “comedy,” and plenty of cheap, trashy articles written for an audience of dim-witted twentysomethings to link from their Facebook profiles. Just because you’re new to writing doesn’t mean that what you’re writing is new, and that, my friends, is why Thought Catalog sucks.
OH SNAP, I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE.
And, like I said before, if something you think is offensive becomes popular, it’s beneficial to wonder why it became popular in the first place. Chances are the Twitter feed/ book/ TV/ film is exposing a truth about yourself (or your gender) that you’re just not willing to admit yet.
You know, I try really hard not to comment. REALLY HARD. But we’ve gotten to the point where I can’t tell if Thought Catalog is employing people who are just really shitty at crafting jokes and sarcasm or if they’re just actual bona fide idiots.