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An IRL Tour Through PC Music With GFOTY, Danny L Harle and Spinee

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To know PC Music is to have an opinion about PC Music. For the last couple of years, the London-based SoundCloud collective has slowly introduced the world to its warped view of electronic-based pop: it is here that Top 40’s fabricated quality shows its seams on purpose, at times unraveling into chintzy nonsense. Is it commentary, or is it no better than the inauthentic EDM it appears to mock? That’s for listeners to decide, seemingly with increasing frequency over the last six months as PC Music debuted live at SXSW and released their first comp outside of SoundCloud.
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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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Ernest Hemingway’s Hottest Takes on Today’s News

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Happy birthday, Papa Hemingway! Many outlets are celebrating the famously concise and manly writer with tributes to his bon mots, but we thought we’d do something a little more appropriate for the 24/7 online news cycle — so we asked the beloved author to weigh in on a few of the most thinkpiece-worthy headlines of the moment. He obliged, being conveniently long dead, and therefore in the public domain.
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10 Sexily Packaged Netflix Streaming Movies That Are Not Even a Little Bit Sexy

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I see you, Internet. Every week, we do a nice little roundup of the new releases of note on the DVD/Blu-ray shelves and the streaming services, and it gets a fair amount of traffic — solid, nothing spectacular — and that’s that. But last week’s column was huge, far and away the column’s high point and one of our most clicked posts of the week, though the movies in it weren’t blockbusters. Oh, but it did the documentary Hot Girls Wanted, Netflix’s recent Sundance pickup about the horrifying exploitation of young women in the world of “amateur” porn. The disproportionate popularity of our post that mentions that title made me wonder if Netflix is seeing the same kind of traffic — if they maybe even bought the movie in part because it’s got such a click-friendly title. And all I can say, having seen Hot Girls Wanted, is that any late-night dirty-movie creepers who click “play” based on that title are in for a big, big disappointment. Which prompts the question: How many more Netflix streamers sound like they’re gonna be sexy, and really, really …Read More

TCM’s Film Noir “Into the Darkness” Course Study Group: Week 1

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In the course materials for “TCM Presents ‘Into the Darkness,’” we’re told to “think of this is as a ‘welcome week,’ your chance to settle into your new surroundings,” so it seems appropriate to approach this first “Study Group” post in the same spirit: as a hello, an introduction, and a first-day-of-school getting-one’s-bearings sort of situation. If you’re not sure what the hell I’m talking about, let’s backtrack: this summer, Turner Classic Movies is presenting a free, online summer school course on the history and themes of film noir. Your film editor is taking it, because why on earth wouldn’t I, and a couple of weeks back, I encouraged you to do the same, so we can meet and discuss every other week. (If you haven’t enrolled yet, it’s not too late.) So here we are; I’ve got on a new school outfit, and my Trapper Keeper has that first-day-of-school smell. How’re we doing so far?
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