Teenage producers and the SoundCloud EDM revolution

What was once a culture built around the DJ is increasingly a culture built around the producer. And SoundCloud, which doubles as both a streaming service and a social network, is where producers go to share their music. 

'In the Flesh' fans are swarming to save the BBC's zombie show

Originally airing on BBC Three, In the Flesh has captivated a small but passionate audience for the past two seasons, primarily in the U.K. but also in other locations including the U.S., where it airs on BBC America.

Ratings aren’t the greatest: In the Flesh lost nearly 65,000 viewers over its second season. Only 300,000 people watched the season 2 finale in the U.K.—less than half the audience the show had when it first premiered. Another acclaimed show, The Hour was canceled after its second season due to low ratings. Back in March, the BBC announced that BBC Three’s on-air channel will be axed, meaning the shows that air on that channel will only be available through the BBC iPlayer online. And we’ve seen too many American shows over the years get the cut with low ratings.

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And if you really want to see teens—particularly teen fans—in action, take a look at the projects teens are involved in. Is it really fair to look at the teens who throw themselves yearly into charity drives and fundraising for projects like GISHWHES, Project for Awesome, the Harry Potter Alliance, or Nerdfighteria, and decide that the kids aren’t all right? Sure, teens are screaming at pop concerts, but they’re also engaging in activism online and off- to an unprecedented degree.

Brace yourselves—the owners of DashCon have rebranded and renamed themselves, and this time they want 4chan and Reddit to join their infamous Tumblr party.

We reached out to DashCon / Emoti-Con’s organizers and received a detailed response. We’ve posted the entire letter behind the cut.

'Star Wars' author talks about writing the first novel in Disney’s new canon
Today, as a new era begins for Star Wars storytelling, we speak to John Jackson Miller about the history, themes, and messages in his latest novel.
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'Star Wars' author talks about writing the first novel in Disney’s new canon

Today, as a new era begins for Star Wars storytelling, we speak to John Jackson Miller about the history, themes, and messages in his latest novel.

[Read the interview here]

How not to respond to Jennifer Lawrence’s leaked nudes

The massive privacy violation that exposed naked pictures of numerous celebrities has inspired a lot of discussion about taking, sharing, and storing private images. Because this is the Internet, there’s a fair amount of awfulness mixed in with the scattering of sensible comments.

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You don’t have to be a cannibal to want this ‘Hannibal’ cookbook

Have you ever found yourself watching the TV show Hannibal, and getting kind of… hungry?

That’s a serious question. Because while cannibalism tends to be frowned upon in polite society, the food in Hannibal is designed to look as a delicious as possible. The show’s “food stylist” even has a blog where she explains how she created every one of Hannibal’s meals, including research on what meats can be used to represent different parts of the human body.

Fans of that food blog will be excited to hear that there’s going to be an official Hannibal cookbook as well. In an interview with Crave Online, showrunner Bryan Fuller said the Hannibal recipe book is “in development.”

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CeeLo deletes Twitter account after tweeting his insane definition of rape

Curious about the distinction between consensual sex and non-consensual sex? Well, obviously the first person you’d ask to clarify this question is singer and The Voice judge CeeLo Green, who took to Twitter on Sunday to share his thoughts on what constitutes rape. And his argument is…well, it’s about as rational as you’d expect from someone who regularly dresses like a Muppet BDSM enthusiast.

You just can’t keep a good cosplay trend down.
These women were among our favorite cosplayers at Dragon Con this weekend. 
It looks like not even the hilarious lawsuit threat from last year could keep the Marriott Carpet from becoming a D*C cosplay staple!

You just can’t keep a good cosplay trend down.

These women were among our favorite cosplayers at Dragon Con this weekend.

It looks like not even the hilarious lawsuit threat from last year could keep the Marriott Carpet from becoming a D*C cosplay staple!

The truth is that teen culture is not homogenous—and neither is fangirl culture. Teenagers are complicated and complex, and they behave differently in different contexts. The average teenager who goes to a Five Seconds of Summer concert and screams her head off is actually capable of writing an essay on the political situation in the Gaza Strip the next day. She’s capable of liking Taylor Swift and disliking heels, of deploying a Twitter hashtag or helping out a charity drive, of loving Twilight and hating Fifty Shades of Grey. She contains multitudes.
bookshop, in the fantastic “The teens on Tumblr are all right,” The Kernel (via elizabethminkel)