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Metafilter actually gets acknowledged as a source

In an article about fictional apocalypses the author says he found out about the British series 'Threads' by reading metafilter. Nice to see someone actually give credit where it is due, and in the first paragraph no less
posted by Megami to MetaFilter-Related at 2:42 PM (52 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

It's nice to get a shout-out (they come from time to time, more commonly on the "blog" portions of major media websites, as it was here), but I feel a bit weird about the disclosure that the author watched the movie (not series) on YouTube, noting how it was split into 12 parts.

Fun fact: the movie has been covered three in at least posts: 2004, 2006, and 2012.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:51 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


The writer found out about Threads from Metafilter? We're lucky he didn't sue for psychological trauma.
posted by Ghidorah at 2:56 PM on December 21, 2012 [5 favorites]


Definitely...when I said I had nightmares just reading the Wikipedia entry, it wasn't hyperbole.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:06 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wonder if the writer has seen "The War Game" which is actually even more bleak and more horrible than Threads.
posted by KokuRyu at 3:08 PM on December 21, 2012 [7 favorites]


KokuRyu someone mentions 'The War Game' in the comments. I have tagged both for future viewing
posted by Megami at 3:12 PM on December 21, 2012


Threads was pretty bleak, which is why it's doubly corny when the dragons save Pern at the last minute after all.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:17 PM on December 21, 2012 [17 favorites]


Remembering watching it (was 15) when it was first shown on TV. The next day in the school playground, the usual jolly banter and humor about what was on TV the previous night was absent and us 15 year olds were subdued. Watched it again recently; it's still as grim as you can get.
posted by Wordshore at 3:44 PM on December 21, 2012


Now we need to have MetaFilter mentioned in a New Yorker CARTOON. (And not by a dog, please.)
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:55 PM on December 21, 2012 [11 favorites]


oneswellfoop: "MetaFilter, what an asshole."
posted by Curious Artificer at 4:06 PM on December 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


And then in The Monkeys You Ordered. "These people are staring at their laptops for hours."
posted by iamkimiam at 4:08 PM on December 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


He qualified it by saying "many years ago..." I interpret that as an insult to the current quality of Metafilter. Why didn't he say "several days ago"?
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:11 PM on December 21, 2012


On MetaFilter, nobody knows you're cookware.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:11 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


/wonders vaguely if he is to blame.
posted by Artw at 4:14 PM on December 21, 2012


"He qualified it by saying "many years ago..." I interpret that as an insult to the current quality of Metafilter. Why didn't he say "several days ago"?"

Because then he'd sound like a MetaFilter noob and somebody who did his research for the story three days ago scrapping for a credible source?
posted by iamkimiam at 4:18 PM on December 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Now we need to have MetaFilter mentioned in a New Yorker CARTOON. (And not by a dog, please.)

The competition is on! Submit a Metafilter caption for the New Yorker cartoon.

I'll go first. "YOU TOLD ME METAFILTER WAS COOL!"

It's not a great entry. The best Metafilter crowd-sourced entry will be posted to the New Yorker. Seriously.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:29 PM on December 21, 2012


My submission:
We wouldn't be here if you hadn't wasted your AskMetafilter question on "Can I eat this!"
posted by SLC Mom at 4:53 PM on December 21, 2012 [6 favorites]


The competition is on! Submit a Metafilter caption for the New Yorker cartoon.

"'Favorite' this then, motherfucker."
posted by Wordshore at 5:06 PM on December 21, 2012


Submit a Metafilter caption:

See the Cat?! See the goddamned scanner?!
posted by edgeways at 5:44 PM on December 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


The possibilities are endless with the caption: "Cats are weird." paired with "No, don't eat that." But those would be AskMe captions...
posted by patheral at 7:27 PM on December 21, 2012


I hope someone makes an FPP about skiing soon, because this story would totally become a sidebarred comment.
posted by Tsuga at 7:51 PM on December 21, 2012


It's oddly recursive, or at least super literary-scholarly. I was in one of the Threads threads, and it was brought up there because it was being referenced as a source -- a source that could give evidence about how disasters are experienced in reality (despite its being a fiction film). Now we are celebrating the mention of MetaFilter as the venue in which one individual discovered the film (not sure that's a "source" but it's an access credit).

All the way down.
posted by Miko at 8:04 PM on December 21, 2012


For that cartoon: "This MetaFilter meetup better be as good as you say..."
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:54 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Watched it again recently; it's still as grim as you can get.

It's the grim that keeps on giving.
posted by Pudhoho at 8:55 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Criminy, Lester, what did you expect when you used Yahoo Answers instead of Ask Metafilter?"
posted by treehorn+bunny at 9:56 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


In The New Yorker, nobody knows you're a human.
posted by schmod at 10:03 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Threads minute 91, two refugees standing over a frozen, irradiated sheep. "Is it safe to eat?" Everything is connected.
posted by cgk at 10:52 PM on December 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


That's nice and all, but who ever heard of 'The New Yorker'?
posted by mazola at 10:54 PM on December 21, 2012


'SOMEONE had to waste their question on dune-skiing...'
posted by kaibutsu at 11:50 PM on December 21, 2012


World is still here.
posted by infini at 1:28 AM on December 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Treehorn+bunny, they use almost that phrase on this weeks Stop Podcasting Yourself episode.
posted by stuartmm at 3:13 AM on December 22, 2012


"So even after this Canadian skiing holiday, you're STILL a climate change sceptic?"
posted by Wordshore at 5:12 AM on December 22, 2012


"What is all this? I just came here looking for a used car."
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:08 AM on December 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


"I told you, never post spam on Metafilter"
posted by InfidelZombie at 7:32 AM on December 22, 2012


"Now do you know what the Banhammer is?"
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:52 AM on December 22, 2012


Pepsi Blue Apple De-clawing Apps from the Mod Marina
posted by y2karl at 8:29 AM on December 22, 2012


"So AskMe told you to ditch the poles. Now what?"
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:41 AM on December 22, 2012


"Leave Warsaw"
posted by infini at 9:52 AM on December 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


"You know, I'm really thinking about dumping you motherfucker."
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:27 AM on December 22, 2012


"What's taters, precious?"
posted by Specklet at 10:37 AM on December 22, 2012


I really enjoyed Threads, by which I mean that I was stunned into immobility, frozen to my seat unable to escape watching it and have had nightmares about it ever since.
posted by double block and bleed at 10:41 AM on December 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


And I never would have heard of it without Metafilter. Thanks!
posted by double block and bleed at 10:42 AM on December 22, 2012


I feel basically exactly the same way about The Room.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:43 AM on December 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Jokes apart, Threads sounds like (after finally RTFA) my absolutely favourite graphic novel ever.

When the Wind Blows.
posted by infini at 11:10 AM on December 22, 2012


There's an animated version on YouTube of When the Wind Blows.
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:30 AM on December 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


"I wish I were taller."
posted by Navelgazer at 11:31 AM on December 22, 2012


"You and your stupid 'Let's ask on MetaFilter about an interesting way to arrive'. Normal people just take the shuttle bus to SXSW."
posted by Wordshore at 1:46 PM on December 22, 2012


"Web site"
posted by speicus at 5:10 PM on December 22, 2012


Dammit, even just reading about someone watching Threads has me all depressed now. I'm tired and I need to go to sleep, but I have to go and watch cute cat videos on youtube now. Cat videos, to forget.
posted by Joh at 12:15 AM on December 23, 2012


MetaFilter: The Web site Metafilter
posted by Beardman at 7:49 AM on December 23, 2012


basically exactly
So, not exactly.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:24 AM on December 23, 2012


My meaning was clear irregardless.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:47 AM on December 23, 2012


There's an animated version on YouTube of When the Wind Blows.

The soundtrack is by Roger Waters (and the Bleeding Heart Band). The soundtrack album is half him and half a collection of singles by other people used at various points (Bowie, Genesis, Squeeze, Paul Hardcastle for those who remember the eighties). I really liked it at the time, but it's not party music by any stretch.
posted by Sparx at 12:32 PM on December 23, 2012


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