1. officiallydun:

    we all have øur masks that we wear

     
  2. iammissanna:

    tzikeh:

    the-fault-in-our-wifi:

    oh my fucking god

    Everyone go home. The internet is over.

    Okay, you know what? I just reblogged this but I wanna get geeky over it. ‘Cause this is some high-class humor right here, and if you don’t get that you need to be educated so here I am about to do the thing you’re not supposed to do and explain the joke, because I’m just really impressed by this joke’s construction, okay?

    So back in Paris in the 1920s, the surrealist movement in art was just starting to take off. The surrealist movement was born from the dadaist movement, which was a response to strict societal ideas of what was “art” and what wasn’t. The dadaists made a lot of works to try and challenge society’s ideas of what art even was in the first place, and this continued on into the more sophisticated abstract works of surrealism.

    One such artist, Rene Magritte (also known for his paintings of people with invisible heads, or with fruit for heads), painted a work called "The Treachery of Images," depicting a pipe, and underneath the words (in french) “This is Not a Pipe.” The words were meant to refer to the fact that the painted pipe was literally not a real physical pipe that a viewer could smoke out of, it was just a painting of a pipe.

    The painting was extremely meta, and really challenged the habit of allowing oneself to get so immersed in a work of art that one forgets it is a created representation of life, and not actual life. Understanding that alone takes a good deal of abstract thinking ability. And really appreciating and enjoying it requires a certain amount of one’s own frustration with society’s habit of trying to put limits on the definition of art; and being unable to think outside the box and really see something from all possible perspectives, including the perspective of being completely outside the thing.

    Now what’s even more fascinating to me is that modern art movements (and I don’t mean “modern art,” I mean actual contemporary art movements that are being led by our peers) are kinda doing the same thing the dadaist movement was doing, but in reaction to the art that came out of the dadaist movement. Things have circled back around again, and abstract surrealist art is now what society has decided “art” is. And our generation doesn’t accept that. Comics, video games, TV shows and movies, graffiti art, web series, even flash mobs, all of these are our generation’s way of saying, “no, society, you don’t get to define art as strictly as ‘if it doesn’t make sense to me it must be brilliant.’ Art can be simple to understand, art can be accessible to all people, art can make you beg to find out what happens next!” And that’s really interesting to me.

    Flash forwards to 2006, when rapper Gucci Mane writes a song called "Pillz" in which the phrase “bitch I might be” was coined and used several times. In the song, it’s used as a sarcastic, somewhat indignant but not wholly angry way to say “it’s none of your business,” in response to a beautiful woman in a club accusing the rapper of being high. The phrase became a meme in 2013, following Gucci Mane’s indictment for assaulting a soldier, when a redditor photoshopped a screencap of news coverage of the trial to reference the song. The photoshopped image changed the previous on-screen text to read “Rapper Gucci Mane responds with ‘bitch I might be’ when asked if guilty”. Again, the usage of the phrase is a sarcastic and indignant “none of your business.” The phrase then quickly gained popularity and was added to numerous other photoshopped images.

    Now, memes are really cool as a concept anyways, when you think about them hard enough (I mean, the speed at which an entire world full of young people are able to latch onto something as simple as a phrase that they all mutually find funny, and within a matter of days explore every possible usage and implication of that phrase, including how it might relate to other complex systems of knowledge and understanding such as the rich character and plot developments of stories that generate fandoms), but lets put that aside for now and talk about sarcasm, instead.

    Because sarcasm is a very sophisticated, complex, and subtle form of wit. It’s a difficult thing to be able to understand, through tone of voice alone, that what someone says, and what they mean, are two different things. And to be able to discern the actual meaning when the words were not said. As wikipedia says, “different parts of the brain must work together to understand sarcasm.” It’s even harder when those words are typed and not spoken audibly, as the reader must imagine the tone in the first place. That’s a lot of brain work involved in even understanding the true meaning behind that simple little phrase.

    And sarcasm is popular right now. More than popular, it’s a hallmark of our generation. People have been writing lengthy articles and psychological, sociological, and anthropological studies and musings on why we’re so sarcastic. As this article suggests, it’s because we’re so angry. We’re a generation that was promised a lot and the world didn’t deliver. We’re disenchanted, and jaded, and mad. And we vent that through sarcastic humor. We laugh at things older generations don’t think are funny. We have come to expect so much disappointment, that we no longer afford “serious” things the respect we’re told they deserve. Because we no longer believe they deserve it. As the article states, “We are a generation that believes nothing is sacred. And if nothing is sacred everything becomes profane.”

    One could even go so far as to make the argument that the popularity of the statement on the above image is due partially to the attitude amongst today’s youth (especially on tumblr) that one’s own life and choices are one’s own, and not the business of anybody else. This attitude can be seen in everything as simple as the “be yourself” and “follow your dreams” statements many of us were raised on, to the more serious issues we deal with today of discrimination against the LGBTGA+ community, fat shaming, slut shaming, prejudice against muslim people, etc., to political issues like free speech and government invasion of privacy, and even into more subtle ideas present in social media of privacy settings, controlling who gets to see what posts, block and ignore features, and even the philosophy of “nobody can tell you what to post in your own space. If somebody doesn’t like it, they can unfollow.”

    None of this would be happening consciously, of course, but we can’t help but be influenced by the world around us. And a phrase whose meaning is essentially “it’s none of your business” is very likely to resonate strongly with a group of people whose fundamental philosophies of polite interpersonal conduct revolve roughly around the same concept.

    Taking all this into consideration, this joke is taking a lot of pre-knowledge and putting it all together to kind of say, in a funny way, “stop acting like you have it all figured out, because you don’t. And some things are just not for you to figure out anyway.”

    So to sum up, to understand the above image, you must:

    1. have a descent grasp on art history to recognize the original painting.
    2. have good abstract and/or creative thinking skills to understand and appreciate the original painting.
    3. have a good grasp on modern pop culture, internet culture, and current slang and memes (basically, be an active participant in the wider world).
    4. have the complex emotional and interpersonal understanding necessary to understand the subtleties of sarcasm.
    5. understand enough of what’s going on in the world around you that you are disenchanted enough to appreciate sarcastic humor.
    6. participate in our generation’s general philosophy of life and how to interact with other human beings in the world at large.

    So basically, if you laughed, you’re smart. :3

    (Source: thecitizeninsane, via chromadic)

     
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  4. officiallydun:

    death looks a lot like free fairs and lemonade

     

  5. "where the heck did my stylus go"
    — any DS user (via xnewleafx)

    (via chromadic)

     
  6. officiallydun:

    SORRY IN ADVANCE FOR THE LONG CAPTION

    okay so I got to the panic! concert a little bit before doors opened and kay ittybittyowl and meredith whatacatchstump were there saving me a spot which was super rad!! anyway I won a little drink holder thingy and mer won some cool sunglasses when we played this game!! also Kay gave me a twenty one pilots sticker as a gift and it’s so beautiful I’m almost in tears?? oh yeah then the lead singer of magic man gave us all little stick on magic man tattoos omg

    okay so then doors opened and the three of us went to the lawn/pit place with Kay’s mom and we had a p good view when magic man came on!! they were so good and the lead singer is so hot and my dad met him later and took a picture with him (and I didn’t even meet him??). basically I need to download their album now. omg okay also mer kept yelling stuff at the the lead singer and it was fantastic

    then walk the moon came out and they were so amazing!!! they played jenny and Kay was screaming omg and I started getting emo during I can lift a car bc it was so beautiful. also during one of the songs magic man came out and danced around the stage with walk the moon and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything cuter?? and the lead singer (idk his name) did something that reminded me of Tyler joseph when he told the crowd to like basically leave their worries behind while they’re at the concert and wow he said some pretty words I can’t recall but his speech was really awesome!! they closed with anna sun and I was jamming so much it was truly an experience

    !!!!! then panic came out !!!!!!

    i was hopping up and down literally 99% of the time for starters bc jams and I saw DALLON AND BRENDON AND THEYRE SO HOT I M SO ….they were all dressed up and it was so cute but brendon got even hotter when he took his shirt off?!? that was about the time someone fell on my head bc crowdsurfing and I screamed and people gave me weird looks haha oops

    GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS WAS LATER AND NEED I SAY MORE ??? good vibes good times

    miss jackson was an event in itself bc according to my dad brendon was “as crude as shit” but it was honestly rlly an okay speech besides him saying fuck a lot?? anyway I jammed to that and wow it was amazing but I think that was about the time I lost sight of mer despite being tall

    nine in the afternoon just warmed my heart

    the end of all things was breathtaking bc everyone pulled out their phones and turned on their flashlights to light up the place u know and I wanted to cry but I didn’t
    the video that was with it was so cute tho wow

    bohemian rhapsody was wonderful and Brendon’s high notes are wonderful woW

    nearly witches tho that was def another high point bc I’m in love with that song and it was another one I screamed at the top of my lungs (I kinda did that for every song tho??)

    AND THEN THE ENCORE CAME AND I BELTED THIS IS GOSPEL WITH THE CROWD AND IT WAS AMAZING AND THE CROWD WAS SO LOUD DURING I WRITE SINS THAT BRENDON STOPPED SINGING AND JUST LOOKED AT US AND SMILED OH MAN

    okay idk how to write posts about concerts or wrap this up but basically it was def one of the best nights ever

     
  7. moonplayer:

    I don’t know how that picture happened but it look epic, I’d say. #bastille #kylesimmons #ostrava #ily #kyle

    (Source: kaiser-cheifs, via otherpeoplesheartacheptiii)

     
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  9. "

    The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter whether or not you think homosexuality is a sin. Let me say that again. It does not matter if you think homosexuality is a sin, or if you think it is simply another expression of human love. It doesn’t matter. Why doesn’t it matter? Because people are dying. Kids are literally killing themselves because they are so tired of being rejected and dehumanized that they feel their only option left is to end their life. As a Youth Pastor, this makes me physically ill. And as a human, it should make you feel the same way. So, I’m through with the debate. When faced with the choice between being theologically correct…as if this is even possible…and being morally responsible, I’ll go with morally responsible every time.

    "
    — What You Believe About Homosexuality Doesn’t Matter | Tyler Smither (via lacohan)

    I wish I had heard this just ONCE growing up in the church. Just once.

    (via goldenheartedrose)

    (Source: gaywrites, via dontcallmedontwrite-deactivated)

     

  10. Cheer Up Post #1462 - Josh & Tyler Edition

    heroes-get-made:

    For the anon who wants Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph from Twenty One Pilots, enjoy!

    ***Disclaimer: Most of the images used do not belong to me. If you see one that’s yours, and you would like credit or to have it removed/replaced, please just ask.

    Want your own Cheer Up Post? Find out how. Or see the others.

    (via ihaventfoundadrop)