Looks like Videogum is coming to a close:
Well, this is difficult. For nearly six years, Videogum has been the best blog on the Internet. (Oh no, here we go.) A friend introduced me to Videogum about five years ago after I mentioned to him, without overstating anything, that I could not find one blog on the entire Internet that wasn’t a stupid garbage pile that I hated. “I think you’ll like this one,” he said. That friend of mine was so right! It has always been a wonderful, thoughtful, and hilarious place with a wonderful, thoughtful, and hilarious community. I’m still sort of amazed that I had the good fortune of being a part of it at all, let alone for 100 years. (Rounding up.) Which brings me to what we need to talk to you about. Videogum is no longer being run by SPINMedia, the company that we’ve been a part of for many years, and Friday will be my last day here. As for what will happen after Friday, I don’t know, and I don’t care. JK! JK JK JK. Scott Lapatine (you remember him, right? from Stereogum and also from giving life to everything we’ve ever done here?) is assessing options for keeping Videogum online in some form. We’ll see. But for now, all we can do is try to keep our chins up, be grateful for the many, many blogging years we’ve been given here, and enjoy our last week together. Over the next few days I’m going to republish a bunch of my favorite Videogum pieces from the past few years, and would love if you would share with me what pieces you might like to see again. There are literally years of great ones, so getting a few more brains in on it would be very helpful. You can either email me or just leave it here. Okay? We’ll be good. The world keeps on spinning. Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future. Big hug. LOL (Lots Of Love).
Take that, rewind it back.
People from the future are going to watch this and wonder what the hell was wrong with us.
The Internet Summed Up In One Massive, Meme-tacular Poster [Click to see who every character is]
Everyone that ever did anything on the Internet ever.
There’s well over 100 characters in this poster. Try and guess as many as you can. We have a legend that describes each and every one just in case there was that week you went on vacation and missed an entire meme.
A++ work by CollegeHumor.
Kevin Rose apparently has no idea how to dress for a photo.
This is deeply upsetting. The Internet, and pop culture in general, are losing a wonderful brand and distinct editorial voice. It’s going to be sorely missed.
After this week, BWE.tv will no longer be updated, and VH1′s digital pop culture coverage will be rolled into VH1 Celebrity, VH1 Music, and the VH1 Blog. We’ll be spending this week doing a series of BWE wrap-up lists and blasting “I Will Remember You” and “End Of The Road” simultaneously on a loop, and Friday, June 15th be our last day of new content.
If you’re wondering why this is happening, long story short, the show Best Week Ever went off the air more than three years ago. We attempted to re-pitch BWE.tv to VH1 as a type of Wives, but it didn’t take, so I’m afraid this is officially goodbye.
Yesterday morning, a Twitterbot tweeted at me that Sunday marked my five-year anniversary on Twitter. Seems I signed up for the service on February 25, 2007.
Why did I sign up for Twitter on that day? So I could “live-Tweet” the occasion for Defamer, Gawker Media’s Hollywood blog, edited at that time by the genius who invented the Oscars liveblog, Mark Lisanti (now of Grantland). As obvious as it all sounds now, it was completely nonobvious then—so nonobvious, in fact, that the Twitter founders had to reach out to us and hold our hands to make it happen.
Tumblr just put up this site warning people about the dangers of PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Read up, kids. This is important.
Shit’s getting real. Well done, Tumblr.