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moment of silence for the tragedy that is people coming to captain america comics from the movie while remender is writing them



Everyone's Tweeting Photos of Police Brutality Thanks to a Failed NYPD Hashtag | VICE United States


Twitter is a cool website where you can type any old thing into a box and send it out into the ether for the entire internet to read. Some people use it to joke around, some people use it to be like, “HEY INJUSTICE IS HAPPENING, WHOA #GETINVOLVED,” and some people use it to roleplayas characters from Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s a lot of fun, especially if you like heated arguments with total strangers. 

Large institutions like corporations and government agencies use Twitter too, usually pretty badly. “Hey, we’re a pizza company, send us pictures of you eating our pizza and hashtag them #pizzapics” is an example of a typical lousy tweet from one of these accounts. Generally institutions try to drum up something vague called “social engagement”—basically they want to get people tweeting good stuff about them so other people see those tweets and, I guess, come to think good thoughts about the institution who started the engagement campaign. The New York Police Department was probably thinking they could do one of those social-engagement thingies when they launched the hashtag #MyNYPD with this tweet:

What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.

2. You are getting arrested. 

3. You are getting beaten by the police.

In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops. Here are some of the notable ones, starting with VICE’s own Molly Crabapple tweeting a photo of her arrest at an Occupy Wall Street protest:

Here is a Twitter activist using sarcasm, a popular social-media strategy:

More sarcasm:

Hey, remember Kimani Gray, the 16-year-old who got killed by the police in 2013? Remember when people marched in protest of his death and the cops responded with stuff like this?

Another bad thing that happened one time was when the officers on duty at the 2011 West Indian Day Parade starting grinding on some almost-naked dancers.

This is a hashtag started by the NYPD, remember, and this is one of the hashtag’s most popular photos:

Also remember that the idea behind this social media campaign was not, “Hey, people should tweet photos of the NYPD doing bad stuff to dogs.”

Anyway, Twitter is a great place. Just not for the NYPD.

To see all of the #MyNYPD tweets yourself, click here [TW: GRAPHIC CONTENT]

I read your Winter Soldier analysis, and I have a question : you say that "There’s a reason his code name is drawn from an investigation into one of the ugliest chapters of American history." Please help a non-American understand what you meant? I mean I obviously see the Cold War reference in the movie, but from what you've written it seems like something more subtle *within* the Cold War... shit, I mean just "Cold War" seems too evident and I can't find the deeper meaning?
Asked by Anonymous



Oh gosh, don’t feel bad, there are plenty of Americans who have never even heard of this.

The Winter Soldier Investigation was a 1971 veteran-organized media event intended to draw attention to the war crimes that had taken place in Vietnam. Directly inspired by the exposure of the My Lai Massacre (the mass murder of over five hundred unarmed civilians by American troops) in 1969, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) brought together discharged servicemen from every branch of the military to discuss the atrocities they had seen and committed during their time in the war. They hoped bring these tragedies before the public eye, and to prove that American military policies led directly to the death and torment of civilians. Eventually a transcript from this conference made its way before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Fullbright Hearings.  

When Ed Brubaker, the author who wrote the original Winter Soldier arc, chose the name, he wanted something that would call up both cold Siberian winters and the atrocities of war. This fit the bill.

But the term itself, the idea of “winter soldiers”, was coined by VVAW as a response to the writings of Thomas Paine, who described the men who deserted at Valley Forge during the American Revolution:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

A winter soldier is someone who will warm their hands over a meager fire and weather the cold. Someone who refuses to abandon their country and its potential, no matter what the personal cost.

So how’s that for a weird little twist? According to Thomas Paine—activist, political philosopher, and revolutionary—the real winter soldier is Captain America.

#plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth



Batman & Robin print I’ll be selling at Wondercon!




Batman & Robin print I’ll be selling at Wondercon!





nerd culture and gatekeeping authenticity is always just code for keeping out women and the underprivileged

There’s a great article about the hyper-white language of nerd culture by Mary Bucholtz, which was actually the first ~truly linguistic~ article I read and started me down this path from which there is NO RETURN. You can read it [here]

AHH, cynthia, this is so great! bookmarking for after work reading



I started trying to figure out where each scene in the movie takes place starting with this scene but omg they fly off the SE Freeway at 4th SE and Virginia Ave and that’s the intersection all the fighting takes place but that Metro post behind him in these gifs is the Capital Heights Station and that’s like 5-6 blocks from where they should be fighting

so i give up.

I won’t waste my time this way except maybe in regards to that Fury car chase….

I’M SORRY WAIT. 4TH SW NOT SE. So it’s still like 6 blocks away but in terms of ACTUAL distance, it’s MUCH farther way from Capital Heights (and is also between L’Enfant Plaza and Federal Center and what the fuck am i doing of course they filmed all over the city and are cutting and pasting to get good looking footage just ignore me).

Okay no. fuck it. I’m not gonna let this lie. 

Natasha’s recording also says to rendezvous at the 2200 block of Virginia Ave. That’s either in Maryland, or on the complete opposite side of the city (in NW) from where this should be taking place.

(Source: prettyprettyday)

(Source: sandandglass)

Worf, sounds like it works great for the Klingons, but I think I need to try something a little less dangerous.

(Source: kirknspock)