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FOTI #10: Manic Pixie Dream Girls in Commentopia

Hey y’all! FOTI back in the heezy…

In this episode, we discuss a viral video that accuses legendary TV science educator Mr. Wizard of being a dick, debate the merits of a tumblr entitled Rich Kids of Instagram, and marvel in awe at a young woman running for New York State Senate whose campaign slogan is inspired by LMFAO. Plus, we go deep into the topic of internet comments. We have music from the San Francisco band Grass Widow, our Internet Challenge Surprises, and lots of other great stuff courtesy of our legion of Likers.

Four ways to listen:

We’ve continued our tradition of leaking out the topics on our @FOTIpod Twitter account before the show is posted, so you can check out all the sites and links before you hear the discussion, if being fully-informed is your thing.

To the links! The tweets we posted last night are below — plus bonus links.

We’ve watched more of NuttyMadam’s Twilight reaction videos than we care to admit, but this utterly self-contradictory response to the Robsten split seemed perfectly keyed to this episode, where we explore the crazed world of Internet comments (more to come on that).

Choice comment from our Liker John D: “This is amazing. She’s so conflicted- devastated and angry by the news at the same time castigating the media for reporting on it. She admonishes us to “leave them alone” yet can’t stop talking about how betrayed she feels. I love her and I hate her.”

We also celebrated the Summer Olympics with a discussion of NBC’s bad coverage of the Opening Ceremonies and a draft of our favorite Olympic moments:

After Kerri Strug’s immortal vault, we selected Michael Johnson’s 200m world record in 1996, Katerina Vitt’s moving tribute to the people of Sarajevo, Nastia Liukin’s balance beam performance to win the all-around gold, the 1968 Black Power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, and the 2002 Salt Lake City pairs figure skating competition that ended in chaos and scandal.

All that said, we’re thoroughly enjoying the 2012 Olympics so far. Let’s get this doin’ done, USA!

Internet Report Card

Outstanding comment from our Liker Tim:  “I remember each and every one of those episodes vividly. He’s not a dick. Kids are stupid. It’s time we stopped mollycoddling today’s generation of un-pin-stuck, never-seen-a-sliced-banana-before, non Newtonian-physics-knowing (notice properly omitted hyphen), participation-ribbon-having kids and started teaching science the right way–through beatings.”

Look at Joss Whedon stealing this whole damn thing!

If you enjoyed this, Episode 2 of Written by a Kid is out now. Thanks to Liker Dave for passing this along.

Conservative politics meet Jersey Shore! GIF Style.

Alpine’s still waiting for the first pro-Hunger Games platform, though.

In the most blatant flight of hypocrisy this program has yet known, Alpine delivers the boilerplate “Don’t be a hater” speech favored by all the reality stars, crap bloggers and D-list celebs that this website routinely mocks.

But seriously, how can you hate on THIS?

 

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