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The best fiction often succeeds because its creator has constructed a convincing world. By that I don’t mean a place that seems realistic, but rather a world that’s believable because it’s been thought through — pages of notes, characters described down to their beauty marks, the relationships between them, their homes and towns mapped out.

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A digital art auction is seeking to bring the art and tech communities closer together, and it may help forge a market for digital art in the process.

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Why Did You Go to Art School?

by Jillian Steinhauer on September 18, 2013

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With college tuition costs in the US rising faster than inflation, the decision to go to art school is increasingly fraught. How do you know if the ends will justify the means? Is it worth it only if you have a scholarship? Why go to art school? That last question is the basis for a tumblelog called, appropriately, Why Did You Go to Art School?

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History Meets the Strangest Animated GIFs

by An Xiao on September 12, 2013

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We dare you not to be fascinated by the wacky and amazing animated GIFs of Kevin Weird.

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Post image for US National Intelligence Is Now on Tumblr

If you follow the news these days, you might be worried about the American government and the secrecy and ruthlessness with which it has been conducting itself. You might be concerned about the National Security Agency (NSA) reading your email, or dismayed by Bradley Manning’s 35-year sentence, or horrified by the Joint Special Operations Command’s (JSOC) dirty wars. But if you’ve been worrying, there’s good news: you needn’t anymore. Because President Obama made a Tumblr blog.

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Post image for The Mesmerizing Duality of Mugshots vs. Facebook Profile Pics

We live in a world shaped by the proliferation not just of social media, but also of surveillance. Sometimes it seems as if we’re constantly presenting and re-presenting ourselves, selfies upon selfies, in an effort to counteract the official narratives imposed by others. It’s telling that the nonstop images flooding our eyes everyday generally fall into two categories: sponsored, advertised, sanctioned by some larger corporate or government (or both, since the two are ever more inseparable) body; and self-made/amateur.

This tension is at the heart of a tumblelog that’s fascinated me ever since I saw it mentioned on the Slog a few weeks ago: In Duplo.

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Post image for The Pleasure of Great Art in Ugly Rooms

What is the bizarre pleasure in looking at art in banal rooms? Is it the economic disparity between the blue-chip objects and their more middle and lower class surroundings? Maybe it emphasizes that context is everything in the realm of modern and contemporary art.

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Arts in Bushwick, Tumblr, and Hyperallergic have resurrected Walking Into the Dashboard from The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium for the 2013 Bushwick Open Studios.

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CHICAGO — What happens when blogs GURLDONTBEDUMB and WEIRD DUDE ENERGY face off in the reblogosphere, dueling it out in a viral battle-of-the-sexes? This post compares these two Tumblrs, both of which index hyper-gendered pop culture tropes, readily spinning off memes for the easy consumption of an A.D.D.-addled web audience.

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Which Artist Did It Better?

by Kyle Chayka on April 11, 2013

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Sometimes it’s not so much about who did something first, but who did it best. In the technology start-up world, it doesn’t matter that dozens of other companies were creating video upload sites before YouTube; YouTube just hit the right combination of community, buzz, and content. Art history is the same. Enduring fame, of the centuries-long variety, doesn’t come to the artist who first followed through on an idea, but to the one who did it the most prominently.

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