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Hannibal & Teen Wolf

I have a slightly crazy fan on my Facebook page...last night he wrote me some sort of platonic love letter-slash-rant? See if you can figure it out.

He makes two points that I agree with:

Things that confuse me:

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It’s tax cuts for the first minute, but if you want specifics on his budget plan you’ll have to hand over your credit card.

I’m livetweeting tonight’s debate with Upworthy, follow along!

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Here’s A Plan That Could Save Mitt Romney’s Campaign

Mind you, it’s not a plan that will necessarily get him a victory, but it could be the best chance he’s got.

Keep an eye out for drunk toddler!Mitt Romney. I spent last night making that shit happen. 

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The Upworthy cuddle puddle watches Obama on Letterman. (Taken with Instagram)

The Upworthy cuddle puddle watches Obama on Letterman. (Taken with Instagram)

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A very Upworthy lunch. #uped12 (Taken with Instagram at Cafe Options)

A very Upworthy lunch. #uped12 (Taken with Instagram at Cafe Options)

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Upworthy’s editorial retreat meeting room is pretty aptly named. (Taken with Instagram at Magnolia Hotel)

Upworthy’s editorial retreat meeting room is pretty aptly named. (Taken with Instagram at Magnolia Hotel)

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"I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster."

We illustrated Chris Kluwe’s amazing pro-gay letter to Maryland state representative, Emmett C. Burns Jr.

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So proud to be affiliated with Upworthy rn. My co-workers are the best.

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Upworthy Meets World: A Q&A With Jessica Valenti

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Upworthy Meets World is back! In case you missed the first installment, this here is our weekly feature focusing on Internet superheroes doing interesting, awesome work with the help of social media. This week, we caught up with Jessica Valenti and asked her about the important things in life: vaginas (and Internet activism). If you’re not sure who she is, stop reading this right now and go read “Full Frontal Feminism” instead. It’s fine! We’ll wait for you!

Here she is, demonstrating how we all feel about current attempts at legislation on women’s bodies (and also reacting to the guy who invented purity balls telling her that purity balls aren’t about virginity):

Why do you think Tumblr is such a great place for social justice communities to thrive?

I got into online feminism through straight old-school blogging, but once I found Tumblr I couldn’t turn away. What’s fantastic about Tumblr, specifically for feminism and activism, is that the tools to create community are inherent to the technology. It’s fantastic. I also think Tumblr takes what feminist blogging set out to do — democratize voices and who gets to speak and write about social justice — and takes it even further. You don’t need to buy a url for Tumblr, you don’t need to pay a webdesigner or try to drive traffic to your site. You gain a following organically, by being an active and interesting community member. I also think the speed by which news travels on Tumblr really lends itself to activism — as well as the sense of humor and biting sarcasm that’s such a huge part of the voices on Tumblr. When you do this work, you need to keep a sense of humor (because it’s such emotionally difficult and draining work). Besides, using humor — and gifs! — as political tools is incredibly smart; it makes the issues more accessible.

How does the Internet make modern feminism more accessible to women who don’t consider themselves feminists?

It used to be that if you were reading a feminist book or publication, it’s because you were already interested in feminism. But with the internet, people are finding feminism accidentally (and subversively) — through Google searches, social networks, etc. So all of a sudden, young people who maybe would never be able to take a Women’s Studies class (or wouldn’t want to) or who didn’t give much thought to social justice issues have them in their lives anyway. It’s an incredible kind of outreach.

How do passionate people successfully get all political on their social network friends? It could easily backfire.

I think the best thing we can do as activists who care about getting our family and friends involved is to meet them where they’re at. Let’s say one of your friends on Facebook posts a sexist joke. If you immediately attack them, they’re going to shut down. My tactic is to keep asking genuinely interested questions until they talk themselves into a corner (or into the truth!) Did you really think that was funny? Why? Do you really feel that women are [fill in the blank here]? Wow, I didn’t know you felt that way. For a more proactive approach — when you’re trying to get your friends to take action on an issue — I like to frame it in pop culture to make it more palatable. But the real question that passionate people need to ask themselves is this: Where is your political and activist energy best spent? If you think you can create real change debating friends on a social network, go for it. But if you’re talking to brick walls, or if you’re in a fight with someone that doesn’t mean that much to your life — maybe step back and reconsider. Self-care is really important and our activist energy is a precious resource — we need to use it wisely!

Misogyny on the Internet is pretty legendary at this point, including serious transmisogyny. What are your top 5 favorite blogs that are doing right by the ladies?

I read so many blogs it would be impossible to name my favorite 5… So here are 5 blogs I’m reading right now that I’ve been really enjoying over the last few months (in no particular order!)

http://queerblackfeminist.blogspot.com/ - Terrific analytic mind.
http://manboobz.com/ - Taking down “men’s rights activists” with a great sense of humor.
http://annfriedman.com/ - Yeah, she’s my friend, but you can’t beat her gifs.
http://www.carefreewhitegirl.com/ - Just brilliant.
http://fuckyeahfeminists.com/ - Your basic must-read.
I should also say that a lot of new feminist voices I follow I end up finding through Tumblr and Twitter…

What is the upworthiest piece of content you’ve seen recently? 

This amazing post on the downside of telling people to “love themselves.” 

Last and most importantly: Vaginas?

Pro.

Emphasis ours. We at Upworthy would like to thank Jessica profusely for her time in answering these questions and encourage you to go buy her new book, “Why Have Kids?,” which is available on Kindle for $4.99. That is the same as a beverage at Starbucks and probably will make you more awesome in the long run than telling your barista your name is Tony Stark.* Just saying.

*Though that’s also awesome, and we encourage that too.

Jessica Valenti is the coolest, you guys. 

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inothernews:

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Upworthy Meets World: A Q&A With The Man Behind In Other News
We at Upworthy couldn’t do our job at all without the existence of amazing people on the Internet, and that’s a fact. We want to highlight those people on Tumblr (and beyond!) who are using their Internet forces for good, awesome, and interesting. And thus, Upworthy Meets World was born!
Who better to start with than the one and only inothernews?
We caught up with him in his natural habit, pictured here:

… And, through the goodness of his heart, he agreed to talk to us about life, the universe, and everything on the Internet. 
So, an obvious question: why blogging? Why Tumblr, specifically? 

I actually started out commenting on Gawker, which – back then at least – was a great outlet for talking about and snarking on events of the day, from politics to pop culture. It was great fun and I always tried to be never mean-spirited, and there really was a great sense of community among a lot of the commenters, who are here today on Tumblr with their own full-blown blogs. I came over to this platform gradually, when I realized that Tumblr gave me a chance to expand commentary into actual blog posts, covering pretty much what I wanted to cover. About four years and tens of thousands of followers later, it’s still worth doing, and it’s still a huge amount of fun — and yes, I hope to do it for a living one day.  :-)

Do you believe the Internet can be a force for good or is it a desolate wasteland of GIFs like this one? 

There’s nothing about the Internet that says “desolate wasteland” to me. GIFs and memes and rants and trolls are all part of its awesome infrastructure, and every time I see an article online or in print that bemoans those elements I get a little peeved. Add in things like emoticons and LOLs and WTFs and OMGs and what you basically have is a modern-day lexicon; the Internet speaks a certain type of language. And that’s just fucking cool. :-) It goes without saying that the Internet can and is a force for good. After all, where else can things like Change.org or crowdsourcing / crowdfunding exist? Yes, they may have their real-life counterparts, but it’s the ease of use and access to the Internet that enables just about anyone with a computer – whether at home, at school, at a library etc. – to join in the conversation, whatever that conversation might be. Are there bad elements, like people sharing manuals on how to build incendiary devices, or hate groups with their own websites? Absolutely. But again, like IRL, that’s going to happen, and call me an optimist or an idealist but I believe all of the good on the Internet like waaaaaaaay drowns out the bad.

Who are the Internet superheroes who make it more meaningful for the rest of us just chilling in Gotham?  

Oh gosh. This goes back to the previous question. I cannot possibly name all of these people and organizations, nor could I try. But Change.org is a favorite. Here on Tumblr, there’s plenty of awesomesauce folks and their roles vary. There’s just about everyone in the News group (http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/news), and folks like STFUConservatives and Think Progress and cognitivedissonance (who has a radio show which you should listen to!) and so, so many others. Brooklynmutt, who I have to meet one day. Rosasparks and mar-see-ah and imwithkanye and notnadia and soupsoup and guardiancomment and ccinsider and newsweek and hey, it’s really, REALLY unfair of you to ask me this question. :-)

How do passionate people successfully get all political on their social network friends? It could easily backfire. 

Oh yes it can. Some of the stuff I say on my site –- stuff that’s politically charged –- would probably result in fisticuffs IRL. But I’d like to think that there is genuine discourse on social media platforms –- questioning the intent and motives of either political party -– that result in the complete opposite of whatever CNN’s “Crossfire” was back in the day before Jon Stewart called that d-bag Tucker Carlson out for being a dick. Or an asshole? I forget whatever it was he said, but I remember it being accurate. “But you just called Tucker Carlson a dick or an asshole!” some of your readers might say. “That’s ad hominem! That’s bad!” I’d argue that me on my little blog calling out a blatantly one-sided bloviator who just happens to have access to –- and is accessible by -– a large cable “news” organization with tens of millions of followers isn’t ad hominem or bad. It’s just offering a counterbalance, an opposite POV – and perhaps, an unvarnished truth.

What is the upworthiest piece of content you’ve seen recently? 

Anything and everything that calls out the bullshit of what Todd Akin and his ilk have said. Anything and everything that tears apart the notion that 1) we shouldn’t have universal healthcare; 2) that says women shouldn’t have complete control over their health and their own bodies; 3) that says tax cuts for the rich is somehow beneficial to society (and, for that matter, that someone who wants to be President of the United States is stashing his money away in the Cayman Island or inSwitzerland when he should be paying taxes on that shit like anyone else does; 4) that tries to tell others who they can love; 5) that says people should be allowed to own semi-automatic rifles and ammunition that can rip a body to shreds; 6) that there is no racism or class division in this country; and much, much more. “Upworthy” is never just one thing; it’s never just a few things. But to me it’s always the right thing.

Emphasis ours. Upworthy would like to thank inothernews profusely for his time in answering these questions. If you know someone doing amazing, meaningful things on the Internet that you think we should talk to, let us know!

Hey y’all — I got interviewed by Upworthy… from the comfort of my personal cloaking device.   :-)   Sincere thanks to these fine folks for the opportunity, and please do follow them!

One of my favorite tumblr bloggers did an Q&A for my work blog! It’s like the internet exists to make dreams come true or something. <3

inothernews:

upworthy:

Upworthy Meets World: A Q&A With The Man Behind In Other News

We at Upworthy couldn’t do our job at all without the existence of amazing people on the Internet, and that’s a fact. We want to highlight those people on Tumblr (and beyond!) who are using their Internet forces for good, awesome, and interesting. And thus, Upworthy Meets World was born!

Who better to start with than the one and only inothernews?

We caught up with him in his natural habit, pictured here:

… And, through the goodness of his heart, he agreed to talk to us about life, the universe, and everything on the Internet. 

So, an obvious question: why blogging? Why Tumblr, specifically? 

I actually started out commenting on Gawker, which – back then at least – was a great outlet for talking about and snarking on events of the day, from politics to pop culture. It was great fun and I always tried to be never mean-spirited, and there really was a great sense of community among a lot of the commenters, who are here today on Tumblr with their own full-blown blogs. I came over to this platform gradually, when I realized that Tumblr gave me a chance to expand commentary into actual blog posts, covering pretty much what I wanted to cover. About four years and tens of thousands of followers later, it’s still worth doing, and it’s still a huge amount of fun — and yes, I hope to do it for a living one day.  :-)

Do you believe the Internet can be a force for good or is it a desolate wasteland of GIFs like this one

There’s nothing about the Internet that says “desolate wasteland” to me. GIFs and memes and rants and trolls are all part of its awesome infrastructure, and every time I see an article online or in print that bemoans those elements I get a little peeved. Add in things like emoticons and LOLs and WTFs and OMGs and what you basically have is a modern-day lexicon; the Internet speaks a certain type of language. And that’s just fucking cool. :-) It goes without saying that the Internet can and is a force for good. After all, where else can things like Change.org or crowdsourcing / crowdfunding exist? Yes, they may have their real-life counterparts, but it’s the ease of use and access to the Internet that enables just about anyone with a computer – whether at home, at school, at a library etc. – to join in the conversation, whatever that conversation might be. Are there bad elements, like people sharing manuals on how to build incendiary devices, or hate groups with their own websites? Absolutely. But again, like IRL, that’s going to happen, and call me an optimist or an idealist but I believe all of the good on the Internet like waaaaaaaay drowns out the bad.

Who are the Internet superheroes who make it more meaningful for the rest of us just chilling in Gotham?  

Oh gosh. This goes back to the previous question. I cannot possibly name all of these people and organizations, nor could I try. But Change.org is a favorite. Here on Tumblr, there’s plenty of awesomesauce folks and their roles vary. There’s just about everyone in the News group (http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/news), and folks like STFUConservatives and Think Progress and cognitivedissonance (who has a radio show which you should listen to!) and so, so many others. Brooklynmutt, who I have to meet one day. Rosasparks and mar-see-ah and imwithkanye and notnadia and soupsoup and guardiancomment and ccinsider and newsweek and hey, it’s really, REALLY unfair of you to ask me this question. :-)

How do passionate people successfully get all political on their social network friends? It could easily backfire. 

Oh yes it can. Some of the stuff I say on my site –- stuff that’s politically charged –- would probably result in fisticuffs IRL. But I’d like to think that there is genuine discourse on social media platforms –- questioning the intent and motives of either political party -– that result in the complete opposite of whatever CNN’s “Crossfire” was back in the day before Jon Stewart called that d-bag Tucker Carlson out for being a dick. Or an asshole? I forget whatever it was he said, but I remember it being accurate. “But you just called Tucker Carlson a dick or an asshole!” some of your readers might say. “That’s ad hominem! That’s bad!” I’d argue that me on my little blog calling out a blatantly one-sided bloviator who just happens to have access to –- and is accessible by -– a large cable “news” organization with tens of millions of followers isn’t ad hominem or bad. It’s just offering a counterbalance, an opposite POV – and perhaps, an unvarnished truth.

What is the upworthiest piece of content you’ve seen recently? 

Anything and everything that calls out the bullshit of what Todd Akin and his ilk have said. Anything and everything that tears apart the notion that 1) we shouldn’t have universal healthcare; 2) that says women shouldn’t have complete control over their health and their own bodies; 3) that says tax cuts for the rich is somehow beneficial to society (and, for that matter, that someone who wants to be President of the United States is stashing his money away in the Cayman Island or inSwitzerland when he should be paying taxes on that shit like anyone else does; 4) that tries to tell others who they can love; 5) that says people should be allowed to own semi-automatic rifles and ammunition that can rip a body to shreds; 6) that there is no racism or class division in this country; and much, much more. “Upworthy” is never just one thing; it’s never just a few things. But to me it’s always the right thing.

Emphasis ours. Upworthy would like to thank inothernews profusely for his time in answering these questions. If you know someone doing amazing, meaningful things on the Internet that you think we should talk to, let us know!

Hey y’all — I got interviewed by Upworthy… from the comfort of my personal cloaking device.   :-)   Sincere thanks to these fine folks for the opportunity, and please do follow them!

One of my favorite tumblr bloggers did an Q&A for my work blog! It’s like the internet exists to make dreams come true or something. <3

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love my job?

I just got hired full time! So happy!

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My new assistant is really cute. (Taken with Instagram)

My new assistant is really cute. (Taken with Instagram)

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ryeisenberg:

I’m back from Denver. It’s 2 a.m. in NYC but my body thinks it’s midnight. I’ve been traveling since 11:30 am MT…and have just had five of the most fun, creative, challenging, and exhausting days of my life with my co-workers. 

It’s a damn shame we work in a virtual office because they are some of my favorite people and I wish we could all hang out more often.

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I have the coolest co-workers ever. This trip was so much fun. :-)

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Behold, the fellows. #upco12 (Taken with Instagram)

I think it&#8217;s time to go to bed?

khaleesi:

Behold, the fellows. #upco12 (Taken with Instagram)

I think it’s time to go to bed?

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Upworthy is dead serious about making sure LOL Cats don't have all the fun on the web. - NYTimes.com

(One of my posts was featured in this article!)

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Headed to Denver for my first ever Upworthy retreat!

Please don’t all unfollow me while I’m gone!

We’ll be liveblogging the retreat at http://Upworthy.tumblr.com so follow us there.

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