Why Paul Revere and Sam Adams’ Time Capsule Matters

Do you remember the time capsule? Is it an idea inherently encased in amber? There’s something beautiful and human about the idea that you will take objects that embody your time, put them in a box, and put that box in the ground or a secret place, to remain until someone finds it now (or eons from now). … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Jeanne Marie Laskas’ American Visions

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at the work of Jeanne Marie Laskas. … Read More

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“Je Suis Charlie” Appears in Different Languages on ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Website

After the shooting at the offices of Parisian satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo left 12 dead and 4 critically injured this… Read More

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Why Women Don’t Read the Comments — or Write Them, Either

For women or queer people on the Internet, comment sections — known for being replete with asinine trolls, despite occasional strokes of brilliant insight — mostly exist to be ignored. It’s a phrase passed back and forth like a password, even made into jewelry: “Never read the comments.”

So we’re not reading them. But apparently, women aren’t writing them either. Emma Pierson studied over a million comments at the New York Times and discovered significant disparities. … Read More

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Death to Faux Generational Outrage: ‘Who the Fuck Is X Musician?’ Tweets Aren’t News

As if festival season weren’t bad enough for adults already, the “who the fuck is X?” social media trend — and the press’ subsequent obsession with pointing out the generational gap or lack of cultural awareness that sits at the heart of it — needs to die a slow, horrendous death until nary a “Let Me Google That For You” joke is left. … Read More

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After Trans Teen Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide, We All Must Do Better

As the year ended, folks including me were applauding a burgeoning transgender acceptance in the media, with Time magazine is devoting a cover to the “transgender tipping point,” Janet Mock landing an MSNBC show, and TV hounds devouring Jill Soloway’s Transparent.

But over the holidays, the public suicide note of Ohio teen Leelah Alcorn, published to Tumblr after her death, was a horrifying and sobering reminder that for many trans people, everyday life is a gauntlet, and a perilous one at that. Alcorn’s stark series of posts went viral and spawned hundred of news stories. Without any sort of acceptance from her religious parents (they mis-gendered her and called her “he” even after her death) and convinced that she wouldn’t be able to successfully transition, Alcorn described her despair vividly, telling her parents “fuck you,” begging readers to fix society and make her death matter. … Read More

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2014’s Must-Reads on Music

Every year, once list fatigue has started to pass, I start to see culture writers of various beats share and discuss their favorite stories of the year. In one way, it’s a niche circle taking stock of where their shrinking industry is headed; in another, it’s a way to spread the stories that made them say, “damn I wish I’d thought of that.” When writers and editors say that, you know it’s a piece worth your time.

We already gave you the year’s best cultural commentary, but I found myself wanting to shine a light on some of the pieces that stayed with me long after the tab left my browser. … Read More

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Why @BrandsSayingBae Say “Bae”

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13 Media Moments from 2014 We Could Have Lived Without

Presenting; a mix of the morally execrable and the culturally annoying moments in 2014 that we sort wish had never happened, to be honest, although we dutifully thought and wrote about them (and to be even more honest, these ten moments are merely the tip-top of the Christmas tree of head-smacking moments from 2014.)

Adieu, 2014! … Read More

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