13 April 2014

This Week in Awesome (4/12/14)

All right, I've got a big bag of internet and I'm eager to share it with you...

Twin Peaks fans: this one's for you. (The A.V. Club)

We all know that the presence of people of color on the major TV networks' programming does not really reflect our society (though it's certainly better than it used to be), but if you've ever wondered just exactly how it breaks down, I have some statistics for you, presented in a convenient visual format. (The Awl)

The punk band Fugazi hasn't performed in over a decade, but there's a vast archive of its live shows that it has been digitizing and offering for sale online. (The Verge)

Staying with music, this is one of those "old thing in context of same spot in present day" features that websites love to do, this one involving album cover photos. (The Guardian via The A.V. Club)

I was too young to have any awareness of the 1964 World's Fair, but it's one of those events in our country's cultural history that, in hindsight, turned out to be a key inflection point. (The New York Times)

And finally this week, in honor of Mad Men Day (finally!), a couple of bits of amusement: a promo for The Simpsons that mocks the frustrating, information- and context-free nature of AMC's end-of-episode "next week on Mad Men" bits (Splitsider); and a somewhat more elaborate spoof in the form of an extended trailer for an imaginary blaxploitation version of MM that I would totally watch (NSFW/K, language). (Slate via TV Tattle)

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