Meanwhile

“If you define ‘The Internet’ as exclusively the major meme-shaping blogs, Twitterdom and social networking sites,” David Sirota cites a study that indicates “that this most vocal and influential part of the Internet seems, as compared to the larger society, disproportionately more concerned with esoteric, abstract and/or vapid political issues/debates/controversies that only the economically comfortable minority can afford to focus on.”

http://www.salon.com/life/internet_culture/index.html?story=/news/david_sirota/2011/08/01/internet_elite

Tracy Bowling and Mike Meginnis (mostly Ms. Bowling) on the storytelling of Don Bluth, whose animated films didn’t shy away from harshness in life that Disney had a tendency to smooth over:

http://www.uncannyvalleymag.co011/06/lessons-from-don-bluth.html

http://www.uncannyvalleymag.com/2011/06/lessons-from-don-bluth-part-two.html

http://www.uncannyvalleymag.com/2011/07/learning-from-don-blut-films-pt-3.htm

Stacy Hall’s interesting essay about her struggles with being overweight:

http://www.salon.com/life/body_wars/index.html?story=/mwt/feature/2011/08/14/should_i_blame_parents_for_being_fat

(Note:  She doesn’t.)

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