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As Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Verdict, “Violence Will Not Be Tolerated” Meme Is a Reminder of How the Protest Started

The grand jury verdict on whether officer Darren Wilson will be indicted in the killing of unarmed teen Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri was supposed to come in October. Then early November. It’s still not here. And though observers and citizens alike have long expected that Wilson will be cleared of wrongdoing, that he will walk free and more protests will ensue, the expanding wait is jacking up tension in Missouri. … Read More

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Piers Morgan, Andrew Sullivan, and Who Gets to “Police” Offensive Language

Yesterday, Piers Morgan penned an ill-advised screed about “The N-Word.”

It’s such an inflammatory and offensive word that for any high profile white person to publicly use it, without abbreviating to ‘N-word’, is rightly tantamount to professional suicide and personal opprobrium.

I don’t use it; would never use it. But it has become astonishingly ubiquitous in modern American society.

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Why Did Louis C.K. Leave Twitter?

A couple weeks ago, Louis C.K. went on a intense rant about ISIS on Twitter. Over the weekend, his Twitter… Read More

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Lena Dunham’s Triggering Art Doesn’t Make Her an Abuser, No Matter What Some Transphobic Bigot Insists

This past weekend, The National Review‘s Kevin Williamson, notable for his transphobic piece “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman” and an infamous “women who get abortions should be hanged” tweet, moved on to attacking Lena Dunham for writing about her own rape in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl.  … Read More

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A Brief and Incomplete Survey of New Types of Online Literature

Last week, T Magazine published a game of exquisite corpse featuring a selection of excellent fiction writers, from Jenny Offill and James Patterson to Zadie Smith and Ben Marcus. The game was light and refreshing; the story itself twists into absurdity as some of the authors — notably the insidious R.L. Stine — appear to be pranking their peers and sort of hacking the plot as it grows. I found the form of the story simple but genuinely interesting, so I decided to pool together this chronology (or survey) of recent developments in digital or online literary forms. This is by no means a comprehensive list, nor is it meant to be. (I have, though, included some print projects that derive their form from digital media.) But it could be a starting point for a broader discussion about new literary forms, especially those new types of fiction (and criticism) that are popping up, rapidly, on Twitter and elsewhere. … Read More

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Retta Discusses How ‘Breaking Bad’ Led Her to Become the “Twitter TV-Recap Queen”

Retta stopped by Seth Meyers on Tuesday to discuss her Twitter renown. While she, herself, is a supporting cast-member of Parks and Recreation, she’s perhaps… Read More

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#Hairgate: Is it Right to Accuse the iPhone 6 of Depilation?

The Daily Dot is reporting on the newest trend in apple-product nitpicking: “Hairgate,” wherein users of the iPhone 6 complain that,… Read More

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Today in Donald Trump Not Getting It: Donald Trump Doesn’t Get ‘Black-ish’

Donald Trump’s hair is at it again. This morning, the hair tweeted that titling a show “Blackish[sic]” is, perhaps,… Read More

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