It was a rich moment: Ellen Degeneres snapped an impromptu selfie as she hosted the Oscars, and requested that viewers retweet it with the goal of breaking the record for most retweets. The Twitterverse responded with a frenzy. I’m trying to decode the meta-meta layers: a performer, photographing herself as she performs on live TV, then asking viewers to, in a sense, rebroadcast her yet again by tweeting it furiously, after which everyone tweets about the fact that they tweeted it; a great moment in the history of the self-refrential. About the photo: I like the mix of expressions; these usually most posed of performers all appear to be at their most human and real.
I’m almost done binging on House of Cards, season two. It’s been a fun ride, even though this second season is clearly several steps down from the first. These episodes feel less like an ensemble work and more focused on Kevin Spacey. I miss the wayward Congressman, Peter Russo, and one other major character who met an untimely demise (I won’t spoil it for you – her end felt like a bold choice, but the show lost something without her). President Garret Walker is all cardboard as he woodenly delivers his lines, and his First Lady murders every scene she’s in. Still, I’m almost on the last episode, and I can’t resist – which tells you something.