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Gavin McInnes, Thought Catalog, and Our Gross Misunderstanding of “Freedom of Speech”

Poor Gavin McInnes, out of a job again for being an asshole. The Vice co-founder has only himself to blame — he was fired from Rooster, the agency he helped found, for publishing his already notorious “Transphobia Is Perfectly Natural” column on Thought Catalog last week. McInnes has long been insufferable, and it’s a measure of how far his standing has fallen that he’s been reduced to publishing his rants on a website whose entire premise for existence is that it’ll publish any old shit. Oh, yes, and on Thought Catalog, too! Anyway, predictably enough, McInnes’ defenders have wheeled out arguments about free speech, as if it’s poor old Gav who’s being oppressed here. … Read More

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Twitter and Abuse: Some Users Are More Equal Than Others

After all we’ve read in the last few months about Twitter’s disinclination to solve the problem of people using the platform to anonymously abuse other users, hey, suddenly Twitter’s taking the problem seriously! In the wake of the godawful abuse aimed at Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda in the wake of his suicide, Twitter is apparently “evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one.” This is welcome news, of course. It’s just a shame that it took so damn long. … Read More

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An Afternoon Drink With ‘My Drunk Kitchen’ Star and Cookbook Author Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart may have a YouTube show-turned-small media empire and brand new cookbook called My Drunk Kitchen, but over the course of a hour-long interview at Tom and Jerry’s bar in Soho, she wasn’t sipping anything. True to the ethos of her show, she may have looked like the biggest lush in the room, with two red-hot cocktails (because cocktail number one got spilled and the bartender made her another) and a ginger beer sitting in front of her. But she didn’t take a sip, and wasn’t particularly interested in the drink. She was too busy talking and joking. … Read More

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The Crisis in Ferguson and Why a “Free” Press Needs Social Media

Watching live streams of what’s been happening in Ferguson, Missouri, this week might make you question the worth of pretty much everything — not least writing about art and culture. Seeing a town of 20,000 people devolve into something that looks like a war zone is terrifying, as are the visions of the city’s police force pointing weapons at unarmed men and harassing journalists. Meanwhile, the rest of the country is dumping ice water on its head and playing the Kim Kardashian game. But if there’s anything remotely positive to come out of Ferguson, it’s this: the ubiquity of social media, and of cameras in the hands of citizens, means that events like this can no longer happen in a void. … Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: Watch Betty Who Play Truth or Dare, ’90s Style, on ‘Slumber Party at Emmie’s House’

Nobody does late ’90s nostalgia quite like Emmie Lichtenberg. The New York party promoter and on-camera host has been known to rock yin-yang signs on her nails and “Backstreet’s Back” moves on the dance floor. Her deep passion for the era comes through in her web series, Slumber Party at Emmie’s House, which mixes modern emoji culture with the sleepover antics of twentysomething youth. … Read More

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Musicians Drinking the Spotify Haterade: The Collected Complaints

Since Spotify’s stateside introduction three years ago, musicians  have expressed their disdain for the streaming service and its laughably low royalty rates (between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream). A number of artists, mostly those in the privileged positions of having already established a fanbase, have pulled their music from the service, or in the case of legacy artists, blocked it from ever being streamed there. Spotify, in addition to other streaming music services like Pandora, led David Byrne to suggest that, “The inevitable result would seem to be that the internet will suck the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left.” The Talking Heads leader is far from the only open opponent of streaming. Let’s take a look at a few others with harsh words for Spotify, a service that claims to have paid out a billion dollars in royalties but still draws constant ire. … Read More

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#FeministsAreUgly Doesn’t Deserve Your Gorgeous Selfies

Every woman knows what it’s like to be called “ugly.” Since the third grade, give or take a few years, every woman’s also known how to respond: ignore it. When someone’s already convinced “ugly” has the power to win an argument, there’s no better way to prove them wrong than simply refusing to argue in the first place, a truism that holds whether “them” is a pack of attention-starved eight-year-olds or a horde of ignorant neckbeards; and as go elementary school playground politics, so goes the Internet. Which raises the question: why are feminists engaging with the self-evidently stupid #FeministsAreUgly hashtag at all, let alone on its own terms? … Read More

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Drake Can’t Help Himself: Links You Need to See

Happy Hump Day, friends! Are your synapses still firing? Do your eyes still blink? Can you even manage to nod vaguely in agreement with the above statements? Well, congratulations! Now, on to today’s links! … Read More

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