Media

The Onion Is Releasing a Web Series Spoofing VICE’s Pairing of Conflict Coverage and Youth Culture

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Nothing, regardless of how obscure or unexpected, is safe from falling into the funhouse mirror of being Onion-ized.  Today alone, topics ranging from stadium bathroom floors to Dr. Seuss to garbage were subjected to The Onion‘s absurdist spin. But some subjects — particularly some media companies — need a little extra attention from the parody journal.
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Reddit Disasters Pile Up: Are The Trolls Running the Site?

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Another high-ranking female employee at Reddit — namely, Head of Community Jessica Moreno — is leaving the company, and although she doesn’t mention gender issues or harassment directly in her statement, the look is not good for the site. As Re/Code’s Noah Kulwin notes, “[Moreno]’s exit is the latest by a female higher-up at the social news site at a time when the company’s efforts to rein in the most toxic elements of its community have been in the spotlight.”
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Gawker Will Undergo “Relaunch” on Monday; Nick Denton Says Ta-Nehisi Coates Would Be His Ideal Editor

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According to Adweek, after a now-infamous (and now-nonexistant) article about the sex life of Condé Nast’s CFO led to a cataclysmic week for Gawker’s infrastructure (long half-apologies from Nick Denton! the resignation of Max Read and Tommy Craggs!  labyrinthine posts about said resignations! revisitations of ongoing drama in the comment thread! etc!), Gawker will undergo a “relaunch” on Monday. (They’ll also physically be moving their offices). 
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“The American Dream” David Brooks Loves So Much Is Rich, White America’s Greatest Tool of Social Control

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At the very beginning of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me, the author recounts a recent television appearance wherein he was asked to discuss why he felt “that white America’s progress — or, rather, the progress of those Americans who believe that they are white — was built on looting and violence.” Coates describes how he explained his ideas. Then, at the end of the segment, he writes, “the host flashed a widely shared picture of an eleven-year-old black boy tearfully hugging a white police officer. Then she asked me about ‘hope’. And I knew then that I had failed.”
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The Propaganda War Against Planned Parenthood Rages On

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Perhaps you’ve heard about the recent hidden-camera video of a Planned Parenthood higher-up allegedly selling “fetal parts” on the black market. Maybe you’ve seen it debunked by a credible news outlet  (nope, turns out there was no tissue or organ selling occurring, but instead standard, legal, and ethical tissue donation as one might find in many medical contexts), explained by a full transcript,  shared in horror on social media, or rebutted in a Planned Parenthood video.
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