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Here Are Some Details on the Pilots Amazon Has Requested for 2015

Amazon is continuing its focus on world domination, culturally and otherwise, with its announcement of its 2015 pilot lineup.… Read More

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The Case Against Typewriters

First, Tom Hanks shocked and awed us with “Alan Bean Plus Four,” a casual reminder of baby boomer tyranny masquerading as short fiction in the New Yorker (of all places). Next, Hanks revealed that he is working on a collection of these gems, a book inspired by his perverse fetish for typewriters. Finally, the conductor of the Polar Express completed his reign of terror, his omne trium perfectum, by reminding us that the whole thing — both the New Yorker story and the collection of typewriter porn — is nothing but a setup for Hanx Writer, his already-existing, bestselling typewriter app for the iPad. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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How Disastrous Is the FCC’s Threat to Net Neutrality? Incensed Experts Explain

Though I risk journalistic suicide in sounding like the opening of a Carrie Bradshaw column, I’ll take a moment to compare the Internet to our ideal of New York City: mega-sites backed by billions of dollars and impoverished personal blogs coexist in the same overstuffed cesspool of ideas, beholden to the same, often frustrating, means of transportation to your screen/mind: the telecom companies. And just as New York City’s glorious socioeconomic clusterfuck is caving under capitalism’s current state of ridiculous — and just as finding a space to exist here has started to seem like a dirty game of bribing and moral concession — the Internet may likewise be closing its doors to those who don’t have the means to participate in the parade of desperation. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this new weekly feature, our editorial staffers each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Celebrating the Cover of Next Week’s ‘New Yorker’

A couple of weeks back, we wrote about the American Society of Magazine Editors’ choices for their favorite magazine covers of 2011. While some of the design there was fascinating, we’re pretty sure that we’ve already seen our favorite cover of 2012: the cover of next Monday’s New Yorker, which commemorates Barack Obama’s… Read More

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Even The New Yorker Is Making Fun of Spider-Man

On one hand, you’ve got yesterday’s report that for the first time Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark knocked Wicked from its spot as the highest-grossing show on Broadway last week. (Who cares if it was a matter of only $58? $1,588,514 is still greater than $1,588,456.) And on the other, you’ve got this week’s cover of the New Yorker by cartoonist Barry Blitt, which features multiple injured Spider-Men hanging out in a hospital ward. Click through to get a better look. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Game on, Google: Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies have invested $500 million into Facebook in a deal that values the social network at $50 billion — which is more than eBay, Yahoo!, and Time Warner. [via Gawker]

2. Little Fockers took the New Year’s weekend box office, raking in over $26… Read More

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10 Profiles of Controversial Journalists

All week, the media world has been buzzing over a New Yorker profile of Gawker mogul Nick Denton packed with harsh quotes and anecdotes from his current and former employees, along with no small number of Denton’s own zingers. Strangely, his isn’t the only piece on a controversial journalist to appear this week. The Daily Beast has run a profile on Cathy Horyn, the Times writer it characterizes as “fashion’s most feared critic.”

It’s natural for media types to be fascinated with their own kind, and articles on those who have become especially divisive can generate juicy headlines. (Of course, sometimes they also say more about the personality writing the piece than the one being profiled.) After the jump, we take a look at the Denton and Horyn clips, plus eight more profiles of controversial journalists. … Read More

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The Year’s Most Epic Music Journalism Corrections

Remember fact checking? Now that the print media apocalypse has hit, it basically doesn’t exist anymore. And that has resulted in some truly incredible corrections in all journalistic niches. But ever since a certain Sri Lankan rapper met a certain New York Times magazine writer, we’ve had flawed music reporting on the brain. After the jump, check out the six most epic corrections of the past year and remind us of any we missed (due to our lack of staff researchers, no doubt) in the comments. … Read More

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