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China vs. GaGa

August 25, 2011
China’s Ministry of Culture took a 1984-inspired turn this week when it ordered the deletion of songs by Lady GaGa, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys from its music download sites. The Asian superpower claimed they were taking action in order to maintain “national cultural security” in the face of such subversive tracks as the Backstreet Boys I Want It That Way. China’s cultural security was thought to have been previously handed ov... [Read more]

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London Calling

August 10, 2011
The past month has been a tough one for the UK. First, the utterly disgraceful #hackgate and its cynical revelations about the British press, government and police stole the headlines, then the ensuing political-legal-media circus that felt a little like the closing sequence of an episode of Benny Hill, a dog and pony show of the highest order, followed by the death of Amy Winehouse, the beautifully damaged songbird who burned out alone in her apartment, and now the London riots, which began wh... [Read more]

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Media titan Rupert Murdoch testified before a parliamentary committee in London this week in regard to the phone hacking and bribery scandal that has rocked Murdoch’s News Corp, as well as the British government and Scotland Yard. Murdoch famously decried the event as “the most humble day of my life,” apologized profusely for the immorality of the incident, then proceeded to deftly maneuver his way out of the bind. In what is being called the “Junior Soprano” defens... [Read more]

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In the most riveting story of the week, Rupert Murdoch’s media empire suffered blow after blow in England when Operation Weeting, an investigation by London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), uncovered proof that journalists working for Murdoch’s News of the World (NotW) hacked the phones of celebrities, VIPs and relatives of British soldiers killed in action. An investigator with the paper also hacked the cell phone of a 13-year-old girl who was murdered and deleted voicemai... [Read more]

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