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In an article in The Baffler, Kate Wagner, creator of McMansion Hell, takes on the problematic nature of the “Let People Enjoy Things” meme and the culture it represents.

Kate writes:

There are unlimited problems with the “Let People Enjoy Things” (henceforth abbreviated to LPET) approach to art and culture, first and foremost among them the fact that franchises in question (GoT and Marvel Comics) are multi-billion-dollar corporate entities engineered to entertain in the same way Doritos are made so that you can’t eat just one. These are some of the most profitable media empires in history, and they will plainly not be harmed by a Twitter user posting about why they personally don’t like them.

The subtext LPET image is a fourfold confession: 1) “I do not want to feel judged for my consumption choices”; 2) “I want to silence people who disagree with me about this particular piece of media by making them feel like they are cheerless or judgmental”; 3) “I recognize an aspect of this piece of media that is worthy of criticism, and I am defensive of this;” and (4) “I do not want to think critically about the things I consume, and if I absorb any criticism about the things I consume it will magically ruin my enjoyment of them.” We’ll break these down.

To read the whole article, click here.

Lost and Found

OMG IT’S FINALLY HERE

The lost Season 1 episode “Tunnel of Fear” is set for official release in April, but preorders can already be made on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079LDBNYZ

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY….


UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Release date will probably be some time in early 2018. More info at the Ian Hendry website.


UPDATE: Studio Canal has set a date for the release of “Tunnel of Fear”! It’s supposed to come out on 18 January 2018. (Thanks to tumblr celluloidbroomcloset.tumblr.com for the info!)


Recently it came to light that a lost episode from Season 1 of The Avengers, “Tunnel of Fear,” had been rediscovered in a private collection.

BBC Newsnight’s report about this includes a clip from the episode, which is supposed to be shown publicly for the first time in 55 years in Birmingham, England on 12 November.

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Steed threatens to blow the place sky high with a miniature bomb (still from “Tunnel of Fear”)