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September 28, 2011
The movement to occupy Wall Street reached a fever pitch this week when some media outlets actually decided to cover the protest after nearly two weeks of nonchalantly looking the other way and hoping it would blow over. In the first significant demonstration in response to the bank bailouts, mortgage crisis, joblessness and daily, run-of-the-mill corruption, thousands of activists descended upon Wall St. on September 17th in a Day of Rage to begin the occupation. Police barricades were waitin... [Read more]

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September 16, 2011
This week Vice Magazine celebrated the official launch of, The Definitive Guide to Enlightening Information. Previously Vice’s online presence resided under and because a domain squatter bought “when most people thought the World Wide Web was a Nintendo game,” according to the Vice article Finally, All Our Crap Is in One Place. In the video below Spike Jonze goes on the road with dagger-wearing Vice co-founder Shane Smith to discuss the o... [Read more]

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WikiLeaks FAIL

September 2, 2011
Oh WikiLeaks. Like a drunken co-worker spilling the beans about his colleagues at the company Christmas party, WikiLeaks took all of the respect and goodwill it had accumulated over the course of its short swaggery career and flushed it all down the toilet. In the embarrassing comedy of errors that is pursuing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the organization that specializes in leaking information neglected to inform the Guardian that there was only one password for the treasure trove of ove... [Read more]

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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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