Alastair Stephens

These Are The Jokes.


This is the thirteenth part of a journey through Marble Hornets, a YouTube-based horror mystery series. You can find the introductory post here.

Second acts are difficult. You can’t change entirely, but you can’t stay the same; you can’t keep raising questions, but you can’t answer them all either; you can’t start afresh, and you can’t wrap everything up. Somehow, you have to keep those plates spinning in an interesting way, while raising the stakes and making things worse for your beleaguered protagonist. It’s harder still when you’re improving your craft as swiftly as the Marble Hornets crew did — the shift in quality and ambition through season one was remarkable (so much so, in fact, that I remarked upon it), but the step up to season two is striking.

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One More Episode

One More Episode


Posted on Aug 7, 2013 | 2 comments

The awesome Kirby Krackle just released their new album, Sounds Like You. It’s a great album, and while browsing YouTube looking for fresh Kirby Krackle goodness, I found a wonderfully inventive music video which I’d somehow missed at the end of last year.

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This is the twelfth part of a journey through Marble Hornets, a YouTube-based horror mystery series. You can find the introductory post here.

Last time, we saw the world from Alex’s point of view, and realized just how far under the shadow of the Operator he had fallen. Now, we conclude the second season, address the mystery of the missing seven months, and begin a new investigation.

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On Monopolies

On Monopolies


Posted on Mar 11, 2013 | 1 comment

On a recent StoryWonk Sunday podcast, I said that Amazon was, for all intents and purposes, the only viable platform in the digital publishing space. Even as I said it, I was aware that it was a controversial and contentious statement; sure enough, a listener contacted me to express disappointment in the way I had glossed over Amazon’s less-than-admirable business practices.

In the course of replying to the email, I began thinking about digital platforms, and our role in shaping them as producers and consumers of digital content.

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Crash

Crash


Posted on Jan 31, 2013 | 10 comments

Yesterday, I crashed my car.

Wait. The right words are very important.

Yesterday, I was involved in a car crash. Yesterday, my car crashed. Yesterday, two cars crashed, and I was in one of them.

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We interrupt our (increasingly all-consuming) discussion of Marble Hornets to spend some time in the company of Rick Grimes and the cast of The Walking Dead. This post contains incredibly specific and substantial spoilers for the TV show. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

I’m not going to spend too long recapping the events of Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, because if you’re watching the show, you know what happened, and if you aren’t, the specifics aren’t too complicated. This isn’t, after all, a post about the details; it’s about the vision.

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This is the eleventh part of a journey through Marble Hornets, a YouTube-based horror mystery series. You can find the introductory post here.

Last time, we followed Jay into Rosswood Park, and witnessed his encounter with the Operator; while Jay escaped and ran into Alex, a mysterious hooded figure picked up his lost camera, and quietly returned it to his car. Now, we investigate what happened to Alex and Amy at the end of the first season, and begin to answer some lingering questions.

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