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Watching sports is, among other things, a special way of experiencing time. Sport is like music or fiction or film in that, for a predetermined duration, it asks you to give it control over your emotions, to feel what it makes you feel. Unlike (most) forms of art, though, a game has no foreordained plan or plot or intention. The rules of a game impose a certain kind of order, but it’s different from the order of an artwork. A movie knows where it wants to take you; no one can say in advance where a game will go. All of its beauty, ugliness, boredom, and excitement, all of its rage and sadness emerge spontaneously out of the players’ competing desires to win. For however long the clock runs, your feelings are at the mercy of chance. This happens and then this happens and then this happens. You’re experiencing, in a contained and intensified way, something like the everyday movement of life.
— Brian Phillips begins his truly wonderful World Cup wrap-up with perhaps the best articulation ever of the value of watching sports
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Last Week Tonight on net neutrality

This has been making the rounds, as it should, because it is essential viewing. And is it any surprise at this point that the most informative, illuminating, hard-hitting piece of journalism on TV this year comes from a comedy show? Sadly, of course it’s not.

Which leads me to the next point: does the Daily Show/Colbert block not only have competition, but is Last Week Tonight in fact already better? Now I realize it’s unfair to compare a five night a week 21 minute long (a third of which at least is taken up with an interview segment) basic cable show with a 30 minute long once a week HBO show. The Daily Show for instance could never do a 13 minute segment about ANYTHING. And also being nightly they’re somewhat obligated to tackle the biggest stories of the day. So really out of necessity Last Week Tonight is left to cover things like European elections and net neutrality. And also comparing a show with five total episodes to a show with that won an Emmy for ten years in a row is absurd. And the new will always seem fresher than the familiar. And look, Jon Stewart is God. He’s in the running for greatest living American. And I can count on one hand the number of episodes of his show I have ever missed. It is my alpha and omega. But after watching the episode of Last Week Tonight that this clip is taken from, I immediately switched to watching the latest episode of The Daily Show and it seemed somewhat soft and hack-y in comparison. It shook me to my core, but I couldn’t deny it.

Who knows if John Oliver can keep this up. Who knows if this is just a down period for Jon Stewart. But right now it seems like we might be coming to a crossroads in the satirical news business. Which in 2014 is the only business that still matters.

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Emma Stone is perfect

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Ultimately the main goal in my life has always been to become the William Miller to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Lester Bangs. And now that dream is forever unattainable. Just a heartbreaking loss of an idol, an inspiration, and my first favorite actor. And while he may have given greater performances, delivered speeches with more passion and feeling, and created fuller characters, when I think of Philip Seymour Hoffman this scene will always be the first thing that comes to mind. I must have watched it at least 50 times in my life and it remains, for my money, one of the best monologues in film history.

Rest in peace.

(Source: davidfuternick)

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