Ramp It Up/Stamp It Down: Friday, the 14th of December
Ramp It Up!
Some week for the Dublin band, as their song ‘All I Want’ is heard by 1.5 million (and counting!) people after it was chosen for Google’s ‘Zeitgeist 2012′ video. Nice work, lads. And you, check out the video if you haven’t yet seen it; it’s superb.
Unintentional hilarity next, as Dalkey Archive Press publish a long list of ludicrous standards (including a 168 working week) expected in applicants… for an unpaid internship. The man responsible, John O’Brien, later said it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously, but no one really believes him. Oh, you crazy capitalist weirdoes.
We can’t decide what we like better: the Dark Souls 2 trailer, or the fact that it got Games Ed Colm so excited. We think it might be the former, to be honest. Colm’s cool and all, but he hasn’t got dragons in.
Stamp It Down!
Classy stuff from the Jezzies this week as they call tweens (like, 9-11-year-olds) who still believe in Santa ‘stupid’ and ‘fucking liars’ and ‘assholes’. That’s a lot of hatred directed towards CHILDREN, no? Go read yourselves some ‘Yes Virginia’ and take your smug sneering somewhere the far side of the happy season, ladies.
Let’s get serious here. There’s a family in Donegal now heading into Christmas without two of their precious children. Erin Gallagher took her life after being bullied online, and her older sister, Shannon, followed suit two days ago. Parents all over the country need to take their kids to one side and explain to them that it’s not alright to hide behind an avatar and deal out vicious abuse to others. And that the next time they’re thinking that the person on the receiving end of their pathetic snark attack is able to take it, they should think of Erin and Shannon Gallagher’s mother, step back from their wireless device, and work on growing themselves some fucking humanity.