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FR EXTENDED: Give Us What We Want!

Watch us get off topic on Injustice, beards, and the Wild Thornberrys. Join the conversation!

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Watch the premiere of our live broadcast video blog FR EXTENDED. Today’s topic: Everyone Has Always Been This Stupid

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Google Is Everywhere

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Behold the first preview episode of the new Barnes Bros. program Tim In Progress!

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Check out the all-new re-designed Face Rockin’! We see what happens when Google crosses the line with our privacy (starring Cacie of Cacie TV) and talk about the internet keeping track of our info. Watch now, only on Barnes Bros TV!

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And why is she wearing a shirt that says Google ????????????? Watch to find out! Only on Barnes Bros. TV!

And why is she wearing a shirt that says Google ????????????? Watch to find out! Only on Barnes Bros. TV!

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This Movie Is Definitely Going To Be…

A common question I’ve heard asked recently is “Are We Ruining Movies For Ourselves?” The idea of the discussion is that we spend so much time analyzing trailers, searching out leaked footage and scripts, and dissecting side comments by directors and actors that we end up judging movies and developing opinions about them before they even release.

And you know, I think there’s a point there.

You see, when a new movie is first announced as being in development, we develop an opinion about it.  ”Oh, cool! I can’t wait to see that.” “Really? They’re making a movie about that?” “I’m getting tired of these types of movies, this will definitely be terrible.”  And once we’ve formed an opinion, the only thing that can dissuade that opinion is viewing the movie.  At least, that’s how it used to be.

Now, we can Google the film and scour the internet for every last scrap of information about the movie. The problem with that is that when we go searching for this information, we’re doing it with a bias.  We’re searching for evidence to PROVE ourselves right about the initial assumption we made about the movie.

So, for example, if you think The Dark Knight was overhyped and that its sequel will be bad, too, then you’re more likely to scoff at a leaked production photo that makes the character costumes look bad.  It doesn’t matter that you were never supposed to see that photo without proper lighting and effects, all that matters is that you now have evidence to back up your belief that this movie will be bad.

And it works the opposite way, too.  If a trailer for a movie we are believing to be the best thing ever releases, we’ll dissect every irrelevant line and camera shot to show how this movie will “break boundaries” and “blow everyone’s minds”.  And then, when someone points out something in that same trailer that would seem to indicate the movie may not be all that great, we’ll say something like “it’s just a trailer, it’s not the final product!”

Now, it’s not bad to have prior opinions about movies before they release, it’s just good to be able to be logical and admit, “While I feel a certain set of emotions about this upcoming motion picture, I will wait until the release of said motion picture before I formulate a definitive judgment on the inherent quality and entertainment value of said film.” 

Yep.  Just say that.

-Jalen

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Is The Internet Really Out To Get Us?

If you look up articles on internet privacy, security, etc. you’ll see a trend that seems to spell out doom for all purveyors of the internet.  Pretty soon, major corporations will know your every browsing move while watching you through your webcam.  Maybe they’re even doing it right now

More and more we hear about companies like Google developing new ways to track what we search for online, find out where we are searching from, and advertise to us based on what it is we like. For example, most email services will offer you topical ads on your sidebar while you check your email.  I was once talking to a friend about chicken in an email, and the next thing I knew, and ad was trying to sell me chicken.  ”Wait,” I said to myself.  ”Did they just read my email?!?”  Yes, yes they did.

It’s in the best interest of the companies behind search engines, social networking sites, and other websites to keep track of what you’re doing and keep a record of it.  It helps them to make money off of us.  However, we like the services they offer us, so isn’t it a fair trade-off?  The general consensus seems to be no.  I mean, what’s to stop one of these companies from selling your personal information to telemarketers and other ad agencies?  What if some insane person works for one of these web companies and starts stalking you based on the information he gathers from you?

There’s a whole list of potentially terrifying implications that come with the “Internet Age”, but should anyone really panic?

Would these companies really do that to the people they are servicing?  It’s possible that genuinely moral people head up these corporations and have no plans to ever exploit us. Maybe they are totally appalled by the thought of endangering their customers with all of their power.  Sure, they could do it, but maybe they feel it would be shooting themselves in the foot to ever act on any diabolical plans to use their gathered information to control us.  Besides, most times our information is catalogued by computers and not actually human beings (unless you’re worried about the robot apocalypse in which case we have need to be having a totally different conversation).

So there could be nothing to worry about.  Sure, there will always be rogue hackers that will try to ruin your life, but a company should generally be smart enough not to turn into the plot of an artsy sci-fi movie.  That would just be uncool. 

Maybe one day a company will try to pull a criminal move like I mentioned above, but I think the internet community is informed enough that we would catch it and put a stop to it as quickly as it begun.  You know with petitions and trolls and stuff.  So, while the danger is there, I think we can be reasonably assured that some corporate act of insane criminal magnitude won’t be committed just yet.

And if it does, we’ll be ready.  With petitions.  And trolls.

P.S. You might wanna throw some duct tape on your webcam while you’re not using it.  You know, just to be safe.

-Jalen Barnes

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When All Memes Have Died

When All Memes Have Died

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