Game About North Korea to Be Released Despite Sony Hack

Despite the recent Sony hack and hullabaloo surrounding The Interview, plans for the release of the North Korea-based 2-D game Glorious… Read More

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The Year’s Worst Cultural Criticism

A couple of days back, we reviewed the best cultural criticism of 2014, which really was a rather edifying and pleasurable exercise. But for every yin, there’s a yang, and in this case, the yang involves snobbery, asinine arguments about everything from marriage to Brooklyn DIY, another page for the “Gavin McInnes is the worst” annual, and the ongoing misogynist temper tantrum of #Gamergate. As well as, yes, of course, Lena Dunham. Welcome to the year’s worst cultural criticism! (And don’t worry, we’ve DoNotLinked the most egregious articles, so click with a clear conscience.) … Read More

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‘Serial': An Inconclusive — But Satisfying — Conclusion

This past week, as we all impatiently waited for the season finale of the wildly popular and highly addictive true-crime podcast Serial, reminded me of nothing more than the week leading up the Season 1 finale of HBO’s True Detective last spring. Admittedly, I feel crass comparing the two — one is a fictional series about a made-up crime that’s designed to horrify its audience, while the other is about a very real man who is serving life in prison (and may be innocent), and the very real and devastating murder that put him there. The stories are different, but the anticipation felt the same, and I imagine the reaction to the respective finales will be similar, too. … Read More

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2014’s Injustices Weren’t Backlash — They Were The Status Quo

It was a wave of protest too striking to be ignored: professional athletes donning T-shirts to pay tribute to young black men killed by the police — and demand justice for their killers. In Cleveland, the T-shirt worn during warm-ups by Browns player Andrew Hawkins last weekend named two local young men who both had been holding toy guns when they were mowed down by cops, John Crawford and Tamir Rice. Hawkins wore the shirt in honor of his small son. This is how the police behaved in both those incidents: John Crawford’s girlfriend was interrogated until she broke down in tears, before she even knew of her loved one’s death. Tamir Rice’s sister was handcuffed and put in the back of a paddy wagon while her brother lay dying. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: 2014, Year of the Feminist

In a world where you have more options for satisfying your longform reading needs than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, their status as classics, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we take a look back at one of 2014’s most complicated words: feminism. … Read More

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In Praise of Fact-checking

The media has been making plenty of apologies lately, for articles that caused a splash and, just as quickly, were exposed as fraudulent. First, it was Rolling Stone‘s exposé about rape on college campuses, and now it’s New York Magazine’s tiny feature on the 17-year-old Stuyvesant High School student who claimed to have made $72 million in the stock market. Turns out the kid made it all up. … Read More

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The Obamas’ ‘People’ Magazine Interview About Racism Is All Subtext

This morning, the progressive Internet considered two important pieces about race in this post-Ferguson era: “‘Listen when I talk to you!': How white entitlement marred my trip to a Ferguson teach-in” by Brittney Cooper at Salon and “I Don’t Know What To Do With Nice White People” at Jezebel — both challenging essays that call even the most well-intentioned white people to account for aiding and abetting white supremacy.

Both pieces, which I thought were excellent, were getting assailed by racist commenters the last time I checked. … Read More

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‘Serial': Everything We Know — and Don’t Know — Going Into the Season 1 Finale

Tomorrow, we will hear the final episode of the first season of Serial, Sarah Koenig’s meditation on truth, memory, and This American Criminal Justice System. After 11 episodes, here is a quick rundown of what we do know and what we don’t. … Read More

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