Justin Bieber

The End of the Charlie Hebdo Manhunt and Joe Sacco’s Cartoon Commentary on Satire: Links You Need to See

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Since Wednesday, the Internet has been overrun with coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the subsequent manhunt that ensued. Now that the manhunt has ended with the death of three suspects and an uncertain amount of hostages, it would seem that even more coverage is unnecessary. Maybe it is, but the discussion around satire and free speech — and satire’s place within free speech — is an important and ongoing one.
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Longform You Have to Read: The Life Cycle of a Teen Idol

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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, classic status, or just a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, in honor of Leonardo DiCaprio’s 40th birthday, we’re looking at some of the greatest articles profiling and analyzing teen idols.
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The New Sad Boys of Pop

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“It’s alright to cry, even my dad does it sometimes,” Ed Sheeran urges towards the end of X, an album that’s so shrouded in Nice Guy Syndrome that Sheeran deserves his own tackily named subgenre. In the larger context of mainstream music trends, the acoustic strummer falls under the heading of Sad-Boy Pop. He may be alone emotionally, but Sheeran and a few similar chart-topping artists — like Sam Smith and Bleachers — are together in redefining what it means to be a solo male star in pop circa 2014. Sonically, they couldn’t be more different, but they’re united by their embrace of the melancholy amidst a genre marked by its blissful frivolity. Even Robin Thicke is sad these days, going from “I know you want it” to “I’ll wait for forever for you to love me again.”
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