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In last Monday’s roundup I pondered whether the Facebook’s attempt to dictate its users’ Internet browsing experiences by forcing them to formalize their affinities and affiliations through the new “Like” system would discourage people from supporting their favorite artists through the popular social Web site. Little did I know that my post—like “Star Wars,” “Blade Runner,” “The Matrix,” and other pop-culture objects where technology is likened to dark magic—was presaged by the 1929 film “Metropolis”! Salon traces the lineage.
BTW, Farhad Manjoo says we’ll get over the implications of the “Like” thing and resume ceding our souls to Facebook piece by piece, like we always have. Cue the Imperial March!
Two new exhibitions opened yesterday at the National Gallery of Art. One is on early American modernism, i.e. Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O’Keeffe, and other artists who were not influenced by the 1929 film “Metropolis.” A couple of them do have “Like” pages on Facebook, though.
Did you miss Fatback night at Liv on Saturday? Get the Cliffs Notes, via BYT.
But how could I possibly enjoy a Fatback mix sans a sea of sweaty torsos at Boho Caverns, you ask? Ask Mike Riggs, who argues for the Wayne’s World/”Bohemian Rhapsody” method of music appreciation in this wonderful piece. Did I mention our Summer Music Guide is out? Click around!
Congrats to Washington College’s Hailey Reissman, who won a $64,243(!!!) literary prize over the weekend. Who says the arts don’t pay? Oh, right.
R.I.P. Dio. Play us out, Ronnie.