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January 10, 2024: We Need Comic Sans
This week on The Deep Dive: I’m starting a petition to ban cars from Pike Place Market, the Jingle Bell Rock talent show scene from Mean Girls is so much better than I thought, we need Comic Sans more than we’ll ever know, Noggin is another chapter in the book of things Nickelodeon ruined, and more than you ever wanted to know about that Folgers commercial.
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The Insanity of Allowing Cars in Our Most Walkable Places by CityNerd (16:46)
Last year, I visited Seattle and had a wonderful time. I especially loved strolling through Pike Place Market until suddenly, while browsing a flower stand and admiring the low price of some of the most stunning bouquets I’d ever seen, I saw something out of the corner of my eye in the dead center of the market. “A car? Another car?! Hold up, is there an entire parking lot in the middle of Pike Place Market, the busiest tourist destination in Seattle?! Where people are walking in droves??” Thankfully, in this video, CityNerd shares my horror about a genuinely cool landmark that could be so, so much better with one (huge) small change.
why this is the most brilliant scene in Mean Girls by art at midnight (17:36)
In the 20 (yes, 20) years since its release, Mean Girls’s iconic scenes and quippy dialogue have been repeated and analyzed to death. So I wasn’t expecting a new perspective to be introduced to a conversation that’s been going on long enough to reach a remake for a new generation. But in this video, art at midnight exceeded my expectations with a breakdown of the Jingle Bell Rock talent show scene and the ways it represents power, social order, femininity, belonging, and individuality in high school. At first glance, the scene can feel like a throwaway that does little more than further reinforce the influence of The Plastics, but there’s much more going on behind the curtain.
Comic Sans* just got a serious upgrade by Linus Boman (22:28)
Hate it or love it, Comic Sans has reached icon status, which you have to admit is impressive for a hastily thrown-together font. After its widespread popularity followed by swift backlash from typographers and anti-normie armchair designers, it’s time to take a look at where Comic Sans came from, its overexposure, and where it goes from here. In this video, Linus Boman appreciates Comic Sans for its good, bad, and ugly. We may not love Comic Sans, but we do need it – or at least some version of it (hint: Calibri). And if you can’t bear to use Comic Sans but just can’t let go of your favorite childhood font, try using Shantell Sans instead.
The Downfall of Noggin by lulaloopsey (29:11)
I’m a sucker for a good video essay about the history of a niche TV channel and in this video, lulaloopsey found the way to my heart. Once a channel designed to feed growing young minds, not to mention one with a surprisingly solid logo, Noggin eventually fell victim to an identity crisis and a takeover by another channel with a long history of killing off beloved content: Nickelodeon. Noggin fans will be happy to learn that the channel has actually had a recent revival in the form of yet another streaming service. But don’t worry, Nickelodeon ruined that too.
Folgers Coffee Christmas Incest Commercial 2009 by CJ The X (47:44)
This is your second official warning that this video is about the 2009 holiday Folgers commercial. Yes, that Folgers commercial. The brother-sister one. You know the one. Don’t make me explain it further. Anyway, there’s an entire universe surrounding this commercial that extends far past social media discourse about its questionable acting and in this video, CJ The X explores every. single. part of it. For one, it was an updated remake of a version from the 1980s – before remakes were really a thing. So ahead of your time, Folgers! Oh, and there’s also surprisingly well-written fanfiction about it OK gotta go bye!!!!!
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