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No, the Internet Isn’t Killing Free Speech

This seems to be the week for Internet-related existential anguish. First there was a New York Times op-ed wherein an NYU student by the name of Zachary Fine bemoaned the way pluralism has apparently left the millennial generation in a puddle of indecision and angst, and then Jon Lovett’s piece for The Atlantic about how everyone being nasty to one another on the Internet is undermining free speech. To some extent, these arguments seem to contradict one another, but when you look more closely, they’re both manifestations of the same basic premise: that the diversity of voices and opinions and views on the Internet are undermining our ability to get things done — and, if this is correct, then the question is whether the benefits of this diversity outweigh the detriments. I submit that they do. But let’s look at both arguments. … Read More

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Lady Gaga Closes Roseland Ballroom: Links You Need to See

What do Chace Crawford and Game of Thrones’ Ser Jorah Marmont have in common? Well, both are handsome, a little dense, and going nowhere with their dreams (way harsh, Tai). Ba-dum-tss! Here are today’s links: … Read More

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Casting for the New James Bond Villain Begins: Links You Need to See

In today’s roundup, we have some “best-of” music lists that might have you running for Spotify (thank us anytime) and some fun casting news. In short, some thoroughly enjoyable tidbits. … Read More

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Jon Snow Knows Something: Links You Need to See

Gear up for the weekend – and Season 4 of Game of Thrones – with pretty endearing pop-culture mash-ups brought to you by good old fashioned American ingenuity. And by that we mostly mean Photoshop. … Read More

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Emma Watson Is a Yoga Instructor, ‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Porn Stars: Links You Need to See

Game of Thrones is making some interesting casting decisions, Kristen Bell has managed to become even more endearing than we thought possible, and Law & Order: SVU is single-handedly keeping actors from starving to death. Get the full story: … Read More

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Are Lady Gaga’s Asexual Days Over?: Links You Need to See

We’re rewarding you for getting through today with a bundle of puppies! Also, some great music writing – because that’s almost as good as the puppies. … Read More

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Catfishing in the Content Farm: Angela Cheng’s War on Lady Gaga Drags Stan Culture Into the Spotlight

Late last year, as Lady Gaga was seemingly everywhere except at the top of the Hot 100 chart, a claim surfaced that she had lost her label, Interscope Records, $25 million on ARTPOP and that they would be forced to make layoffs. Sure, the album underperformed in comparison to Gaga’s previous work, but it still enjoyed sales figures that most artists would be delighted with — it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has to date sold some 679,000 copies stateside, on top of millions more around the world. So how could it have lost so much money? The unsubstantiated report came from music industry “insider” Angela Cheng, and appeared on Examiner.com, a content farm that has done what all content farms hope to do: trick corners of the Internet into believing it’s a credible website. … Read More

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‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators Respond to Backlash: Links You Need to See

Today’s lesson is this: you can’t trust the people in charge of your entertainment. They’re fickle and strange beasts. … Read More

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