Monday, March 26, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Planet of the Turtles, Facebook, YA Saves the Economy)

In today's edition:

* From Blastr, a report quoting Michael Bay on plans to turn the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into the Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles. Instead of being turtles mutated by radioactive ooze, they are members of an extraterrestrial species of anthropomorphic turtles. The reaction from fans was predictable, and shared by, among others, TMNT cocreator Peter Laird – and has quickly led to an attempt to assuage it from director Jonathan Liebesman, currently making the media rounds to promote the upcoming Clash of the Titans sequel, Wrath of the Titans. Liebesman claims Bay's remark was taken out of context, but not much more than that, instead simply assuring viewers that they will "love" the result. However, speaking as one who remembers the famous turtles from childhood, I don't care for the idea of turning them into aliens either.

* From the Guardian, a report on a recent study which is correlating certain kinds of social networking activity (the acquisition of large numbers of "Facebook" friends, frequent changes of profile picture, etc.) with a tendency toward "socially disruptive" narcissism – in particular "grandiose exhibitionism" and "entitlement/exploitativeness." (This is, of course, what many have suspected all along, but the appearance of a scientific study on the matter is nonetheless noteworthy.)

* And finally, for those who haven't seen it, here is a link to "Obama's Young Adult Novel Plan," a College Humor sketch in which President Obama calls on Americans to save the troubled economy by writing young adult fantasy novels, on the grounds that these are the only thing making money now (which really is funny).

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