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July 02, 2014

5 Beloved Websites That Are Ruining the Music Industry

By XJ Selman | 389,665 Views

You may have heard the recent big news that Apple bought Beats Music for billions of dollars, which illustrates the growing trend of gigantic corporations trying to squeeze into a spot on the burgeoning streaming music scene. (The Beats deal has also fueled conspiracy theories that Dr. Dre is a sleeper agent in Suge Knight's long-simmering scheme to roll Apple into Death Row Records.)

But here's something you may not realize: The advent of music streaming is essentially a plague on the industry, a cutpurse on the level of Napster. The increasing popularity of music streaming services is almost guaranteeing that, 10 years from now, there will only be five or six bands left who can afford to keep making music, and they are the five or six bands that you are already tired of hearing.

#5. YouTube Is Bullying Indie Labels Into Getting Their Way, or They're Gone

For most of us on the Internet, the music we stream comes entirely from YouTube, because it's easier than signing up for a music streaming service and nobody wants to admit to paying full price for "Tarzan Boy." Google wants to take advantage of that, because as they have spent the past year taking great pains to demonstrate to us, ruining YouTube is at the very top of their list of priorities.


"Man, all of YouTube's showing that drunken tadpole movie again."

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July 01, 2014

6 B.S. Viral Stories: 'Frozen' Isn't Causing Divorces

By David Christopher Bell | 407,634 Views

There are so many bullshit stories being passed off as real on the Internet that we could fill 25 entire articles with examples -- in fact, we just did. Ten months after we began our crusade for truth, it appears that at least one other website has taken to sifting out the turds of the Web ... albeit using our exact same title model while doing it. We don't mind. After all, gospel is meant to be shared.

With that in mind, it looks like we have roughly another 2,100 more months of this until the entire Internet is a utopia of accountability, so let's get moving!

#6. That "Man Fights Shark" GoPro Video Is So Fake

Sharks are nature's reminder that while mankind may have spawned from the ocean, that's pretty much the extent of the courtesy, lest we are torn limb from limb by giant mouth bullets. Similarly, these swimming sarlacc pits are as good a reason as any not to go anywhere near Australia, as highlighted by a recent viral video reported by Mashable, Huffington Post, Epoch Times, MSN, NY Post, and Time:

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"How long since we fell for a shark-related hoax? A week? OK, go for it."

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June 28, 2014

4 Ways You're Accidentally Killing Your Favorite TV Shows

By Ben Denny | 524,068 Views

We live in a golden age of television. Never before have we had so much quality programming, or so many different ways to view it while sitting on the toilet. However, the things we like so much about the current state of television are actually strangling our favorite shows to death like Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds.

#4. Our Favorite Shows Get Terrible Ratings Because We Don't Watch Them When They Air

The business model that drives the creation of the shows we like is fairly straightforward: A network pays to make a show, and then we pay them back by watching the commercials attached to the show. It's basic, but it's an arrangement that's worked since your grandparents bought their first TV with the meager wages they earned after working impossible hours at the steel mill. So why do demonstrably popular shows like 30 Rock and Community struggle so hard?

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Because they're demonstrably popular only in our elitist echo chamber?

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June 27, 2014

4 Bad Excuses for Awful Stereotypes in Recent Pop Culture

By XJ Selman | 471,966 Views

The wallets of the big media studios don't discriminate. If you want to give them money in exchange for the latest audiovisual treat, it doesn't matter what your creed, race, or orientation is -- they'll always take it. They're nice like that. However, if you want to see yourself represented in those movies, shows, or games, that's a little more complicated, because, uh ... well, you see, it's like this ... *farts forever*

That's the response the following companies might as well have given when asked why, in 2014, their products still like to pretend we're in 1954. Instead, they went with even more embarrassing excuses, such as ...

#4. Nintendo Doesn't Want Gay Couples in Their New Game Because They're Not "Whimsical" Enough

Nintendo isn't known for straying beyond the path of the tried and tested -- we have about a hundred different Marios, a hundred different Pokemons, a hundred different Zeldas, and one or two Haunted Mansions with green Mario. And on the rare occasion that they do throw out something other than Mario/Zelda/Pokemon, we get a little glimpse of Nintendo's true deer-in-the-headlights insanity, like in Tomodachi Life. Nintendo's latest best-selling game is a "life simulator," assuming your life is a constant barrage of the hardest drugs available mixed with all the alcohol in your dad's pantry. The concept of the game is that you can take your real-life friends and have them do wacky stuff, like holding Queen concerts:

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"I see a little Mii-effigy of a man ..."