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By Thomas Doherty In 1973, Tom Wolfe, nattily dressed ringleader-theoretician of the New Journalism, declared that his uppity oeuvre had bumped off "the novel as the number one literary genre, starting the first new direction in American literature in half a century." Licking his chops over the carcass, he explained that the no-longer-Great American Novel had croaked as a result of complications from congenital self-absorption and straying from the healthy engagement with manners and morals that had been the novel's lifeblood since its birth in the 18th century.
Lessons Learned About the Media from the 2012 Election One of the key findings in the new State of the News Media report is that at a time of diminishing reporting resources, many newsmakers, in political, public and corporate life, are finding new ways to get their messages to the public—often with little or no journalistic vetting. The five key lessons about the media and the 2012 presidential race include evidence of how the candidates and their allies were more effective in getting their messages through.
"CRIME is a beast ravaging the city of Addison."
Here’s what I learned: At a certain level on Microwave, the music from the bar scene in Star Wars comes on. If I am at the front line when aliens descend to Earth, we’ll all be in trouble.
I n my review of the animated spy show Archer (FX) in the March issue of Harper’s, I began by tracing the show’s sensibility back to The Simpsons , and to one sequence in particular, the infamous Rake Scene, in which Sideshow Bob steps on nine consecutive rakes (the clip shows only the first few):
He may not be a household name but Jeremy Scott’s designs have been worn by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Madonna and Kanye West. His name may become more familiar by the end of this week though… but for all the wrong reasons. On Monday night, Adidas announced they have canceled plans for a sneaker with a shackle-like ankle designed by Scott that some critics said resembled a symbol of slavery.
The new ads for Facebook Home are propaganda clips. Transforming vice into virtue, they’re social engineering spectacles that use aesthetic tricks to disguise the profound ethical issues at stake.
>> May brought us paparazzi shots of Agyness Deyn jumping nude off a Manhattan fire escape for Ryan McGinley, and September finally brings us the final product: "Feeling Falling," styled by Katie Grand for POP Fall 2008. Agyness appears more clothed than those pap shots would have you think, but they're pretty amazing, especially considering that she was falling five stories into a crash mat. Full gallery (NSFW) below. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
SEATTLE—Sad, pathetic local web developer and blogger Phillip Cathin, 34, told reporters today that he sees himself as “a brand.” The pitiful man, who works in development and design at the Seattle-based software company Woot, told reporters he takes time out of every day to “promote and further [his] brand” and to extend his “social and online presence.” “I am my own product,” the little worm said while staring at a laptop and depressingly shuffling between his Twitter, Facebook , LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Tumblr accounts, which he claimed are “essential tools for growing [his] personal brand” on a daily basis. “I think of myself as the creator, developer, and marketer of Brand Phillip Cathin. And the ideas I come up with are products produced by that brand.” “It’s sort of like I’m the CEO of the company called ‘Me,’” continued the sad excuse for a man, briefly pausing to check for any comments on his latest Tumblr post about the future of social media.
THE opposition by the New York State chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s restrictions on sugary soda caught many Americans by surprise. But it shouldn’t: though the organization argues it is standing up for consumer choice and minority business owners, who it claims would be hurt, this is also a favor for a stalwart ally — Coca-Cola alone has given generously to support N.A.A.C.P. initiatives over the years.
Exploring National Roots Twentieth-century American choreographers found inspiration in the expansive landscape of folk culture that included ballads, hymns, spirituals, and the rituals of Native American and African diaspora peoples. They built dances based on the bedrock of America, a nation founded on principles of revolution, protest, reform, and freedom of expression. Believing in the power of American political reform, dancers protested social injustices between the world wars.
Early on Tuesday, the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Republicans took to Twitter and moved to shape the conversation on the Internet about the state of the country since President Obama was elected in 2008. Using Twitter’s sponsored hashtag feature, they promoted a question that was anything but rhetorical: #areyoubetteroff According to data reported by Twitter, more than 31,000 tweets used the hashtag #areyoubetteroff since its first mention on September 2, representing a modest response to the Republican National Committee’s query.
After signing into law the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson famously told an aide, “ we just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come.” Indeed, the Johnson-Goldwater contest was notable in two important respects related to race: it featured the first appearance in almost a century of racial animus as a central dimension of partisan conflict in a presidential election, and it was the last time a Democrat received a majority of the white vote.
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Information wants to be free is a slogan of technology activists invoked against limiting access to information . According to criticism of intellectual property rights, the system of governmental control of exclusivity is in conflict with the development of a public domain of information. [ 1 ] [ edit ] History The iconic phrase is attributed to Stewart Brand . [ 1 ] who, in the late 1960s, founded the Whole Earth Catalog and argued that technology could be liberating rather than oppressing. [ 2 ] The earliest recorded occurrence of the expression was at the first Hackers' Conference in 1984.
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