Webtacular World Issue # 211, December 17, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! This was one of those weeks where too much happened, which is sort of ridiculous to say, since that’s how this whole year felt. Between events that the entire U.S. experienced (election impossibilities, Net Neutrality’s defeat, a Star Wars release, etc.), and personal endeavors (three baby showers, four holiday parties, and a Star Wars release), I have no idea how anybody got anything important done. But here we are. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Alabama Is (Just Barely) OK
Why: Because Doug Jones defeated kid coveting, racist, Constitution-hating Roy Moore in an election that will have far fetching ramifications in the near future.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Disney Buys The World
Why: Because a small part of me is glad that the Marvel Universe is finally under one roof, but is also terrified that Disney now almost owns everything I watch. That’s probably not such a good thing.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: It Was Fun While It Lasted
Why: Because there is no reason this happened but for greed and consolidation of an industry. Here’s a decent breakdown of how this will effect data heavy industries, like video games. Feel free to expand this to digital learning, streaming services, research, and potentially being able to find this website in the future.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Racist, Sexist Old Men Own Sports Teams
Why: Because how this hasn’t happened sooner I have no idea.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Star Wars Did Well
Why: Because it’s Star Wars, even if some fans aren’t giving it the same praise as the critics did (I would link, but there are minor spoilers, and I promised my wife I wouldn’t say anything about it). Go see it. It’s good.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: The Best
Why: Because this was an extremely weird year in music for me. Personally, I usually find a few albums that I listen to repeatedly, and add them to my ever growing list of things I will continue to listen to. That didn’t really happen for me this year, even with undeniably great things like DAMN. and Sleep Well Beast, to more personally flavored favorite albums like american dream, RainbowConcrete and Gold, Now That The Light Is Fading, and Hug of Thunder. They were more things to listen a few times, and then leave behind. To be perfectly honest, my absolute favorite music that I still can’t get out of my head are things made by friends, from Rare Feeling to The Panther in the Room to House Is A Tunnel to Party Trick to Bedroom Amateur. Maybe it’s because when so much in the world is feeling crazy, knowing that people who I know and like are doing what they love and finding success at it makes me feel like everything is going to be fine.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. look)
What: Oh Hey Look At These Dummies!
Why: Because animals are hilarious to look at.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Even More Bests
Why: Because you probably could have read a single book instead of read all the best of lists I’ve been posting.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Top 10
Why: Because 2017 was a hell of a year in gaming. My personal top 10 are Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Nier: Automata, Resident Evil 7Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, Prey, Splatoon 2NiohDestiny 2, and Assassin’s Creed Origins.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Best Bad Restaurant; All I Want For Christmas Is Foo; Hate Hate Hate
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Useless Expensive Holiday Things
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

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