Machinery of justice: 20 years of computers on ‘Law & Order’
When future historians study our culture they’ll have quite a bit to comb through: court decisions, Reddit AMAs, Beyoncé’s Beyoncé. To add to that list, those overwhelmed anthropologists will now have a record of every computer to ever appear in Law & Order. Though it may seem counterintuitive to catalog images of, say, Chris Noth furrowing his brow over a clunky early PC, artist Jeff Thompson says Law & Order’s run from 1990 to 2010 took place during a “crucial 20-year period in technological history.” Thompson, in partnership with the New York-based arts and technology organization Rhizome, spent 18 months watching all 465 episodes of the show — that’s 319 hours of police tape and detective work. Throughout this particularly focused binge-watch (which took place at a steady clip of 150-percent speed), Thompson took screenshots of every computer as it appeared, creating an archive of over 11,000 images which are cataloged on a Tumblr and in a forthcoming book. As a bonus, he’s also posted a list of all the URLs which appear in the iconic procedural, including such gems as animetothemax.com and thebaronmuchhumpin.com.
Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.
Aaron’s insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance; his reflexive empathy and capacity for selfless, boundless…
I am a writer and poet,
one, bear with me here, of the “major” writers of the late 20th century,though just typing that felt desperate. I received a B.A. in English at Humboldt State University, then went on to attend the esteemed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, thus launching my career.I also like to drink.
Hobart 13 contributor, Jimmy Chen!
Twitter knows what you tell it, and a tiny bit more. Facebook presents a mile-high view of your online social history, which while unsettling in sheer size and scope, is selective and containable. The kinds of secrets it knows are secrets you’re sharing, even if with just one person. They seem worse because the site reads them back to you endlessly.
Listening to this in audiobook for the first time. I found an old cassette audiobook (unabridged) with narration by Arthur Addison. I know the new version is getting great reviews, but I really like Addison.
I guess when I’m done here, I’ll have to get the new version. Or move on to Mona Lisa Overdrive. Decisions, decisions.
The big green guy on the all-caps thing, commenters, the pain of 48fps, and the modern comic book movie. And Pauline Kael puns.
Talk amongst yourselves. I am verklempt.
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Do they all have to be about the same fucking thing? My kingdom for a successful dick of a hero meeting his match in a successful dick of a heroine:
“The Office, which reimagined the Edward Cullen-Bella Swan relationship as a steamy…
Reimagined? It just imagined it. In an office. Which I would call a serious failure of imagination.
Other than that, everything PinkSquishy said X1000.