Category Archives: media

Regulating the Internet and Why Online Piracy Isn’t Stealing

Two bills currently being debated in Congress should worry advocates of user-generated content and free-speech protections: the Protect IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. Among other things, these bills seek to … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone Fail: disrespecting Django Reinhardt

This might sound snootish but Rolling Stone has once again failed at list-making. As they periodically do, they’ve named the top 100 hundred guitarists of all time. There isn’t a jazz-man among them. They did include Frank Zappa and obviously … Continue reading

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Analogy of the Day and How Internet kills Meaning

Freddie deBoer has a devastatingly poignant and sweepingly inclusive critique of the cultural, creative and like moral impoverishment of today’s young, tech-absorbed generation. Here’s an analogy from his essay: In much the same way as those speaking about the importance … Continue reading

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Corporate-sponsored Academies and America’s Unemployment Problem

Among other things, living in Poland means it’s easy to fall behind the US news cycle. There are too many pirogies to eat and all the smog makes it pretty hard to see long-distances. But today I got a chance … Continue reading

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Does The Old World Have Anything To Teach Us About Social Networks?

Most European languages distinguish between an informal and formal “you.” Those of us who speak English learned about this when we studied the tongues of the old continent. When addressing people you don’t know, or simple acquaintances, use the formal … Continue reading

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Penn State and institutionalized slavery

One thing that has been getting lost in the story of an old football coach raping little boys, is the extent to which major college sports exploit kids every day and get away with it. As one of my favorite … Continue reading

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The voice of Christopher Hitchens

The incomparable Christopher Hitchens published a piece last spring in Vanity Fair about what it means to have a voice. Hitchens has cancer, and one of the effects has been a weakening of his vocal abilities. Most despond-inducing and alarming … Continue reading

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