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Amy Sedaris to Star in PopSugar’s First Web Series, ‘Seriously Distracted,’ as a Comically Distracted Publicist

It may be its first attempt at a web series, but PopSugar’s Above Average-produced Seriously Distracted — which was announced… Read More

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This Is Terrorism: Misogynist Shooting Threat Forces Anita Sarkeesian to Cancel Speech

Last night, feminist commentator Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel a planned talk at Utah State University after threats of a mass shooting surfaced. Sarkeesian, who talks, writes, and vlogs about gender in video games, has been targeted by these kinds of nasty misogynist threats for a long time. Her trolling and persecution mostly now comes from the #GamerGate conspiracy theorists — she even had to leave her home at one point. … Read More

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‘Obvious Child’ for the Web: New Online Course Combats “Abortion Stigma”

Americans love to argue about abortion, in the moral-philosophical sense. Is it right or wrong? In what circumstances is it OK, or allowable? The debate goes back and forth, and so do the laws. Just last night, the Supreme Court reversed a circuit court’s decision (which had reversed a still lower court’s decision) to close a number of Texas abortion clinics — roughly accomplishing what Wendy Davis was initially trying to do with her filibuster. The shuttered clinics will now be able to re-open, until they’re targeted yet again. There’s no doubt they will be. … Read More

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Nickelodeon Nostalgia Night Canceled

Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age author Mathew Klickstein had been preparing an evening of “Nostalgic Nonsense” in conjunction… Read More

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Intel Panders to #GamerGate, Is On the Wrong Side of History

Hey, remember #GamerGate? If you thought that the ridiculous kerfuffle over nasty feminists saying mean things about the poor innocent people on 4chan was over and done with, you might be unpleasantly surprised to know that the gamers in question have been harassing advertisers on sites that publish those journalists whose views they find offensive. Striking a blow for free speech, y’all! This campaign boasts at least one unfeasible success: #GamerGate has managed to gaslight Intel into pulling an advertising campaign from the video-game criticism site Gamasutra. High five, Internet bros! … Read More

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Ello: Why Facebook Should Be Worried About a Rudimentary, Incomplete New Social Media Site

Last week, you’d never heard of Ello — but suddenly there are thinkpieces about it everywhere, and someone sent you an invitation just before the invite program got frozen yesterday, and now you’re trying to make sense of the “minimalist” UI and wondering what exactly the fuss is all about. Or maybe you didn’t get an invite, and you’re also, yes, wondering what all the fuss is about. The site seemed to come out of nowhere, and the reason is twofold: first, while Ello’s been taking requests for invitations to its beta program since March, it was only this week that they started issuing those invitations in earnest. And second, it’s pitching itself as an ad-free alternative to the Zuckerbergian business model (its manifesto concludes with the declaration, “You are not a product”). … Read More

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Sarah Silverman Talks Boobs: Links You Need To See

One of Sarah Silverman’s first jobs was passing out fliers at a comedy club in New York, which lasted two years. On her last day, she says, “I was breaking up a fight between some scary gaggle of teenagers drinking 40s who were beating up on the Pluck You chicken… I got punched in the temple and knocked unconscious.” After that, she quit. If you want to read about how she feels about her boobs, you’ll have to read the rest of the interview A.V. Club. … Read More

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