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Revolution on Tuesday, factions by Friday: When efforts self-destruct

To continue with a theme I started yesterday on outrage fostered by social media, I found this relevant piece by Thomas Friedman: Social Media: Destroyer or Creator?  503 more words


Melissa Harris Perry describes being threatened during Iowa caucus

In a blogpost, MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris Perry recounted a frightening encounter in Iowa on Monday night, with a stranger who threatened her and appeared to invoke Nazi Germany. 421 more words

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True Crime, Internet Culture and Making a Murderer

Time for something a little different. Today, instead of talking about contemporary fiction, follow me as I delve into the world of contemporary non-fiction. No doubt non-fiction is a vast and immense place, but my particular strand of concern is the genre of “true crime”. 1,154 more words


Computer program finds "Resting Bitch Face" equally common in men and women

Resting Bitch Face (RBF), a faux-condition said to afflict celebrities like Queen Elizabeth, Kristen Stewart, and Kanye West, is a joking reference to how some people’s neutral facial expressions can come across as expressing annoyance, boredom, or judgment. 187 more words

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Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue cover strains to reflect diversity

Could these women be any more impressive? Introducing Vanity Fair’s 2016 Hollywood cover https://t.co/nFgK4J7hHg pic.twitter.com/0tyVXTYo9G

— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) February 1, 2016

Vanity Fair has released the cover for their annual Hollywood issue, and it features a panoramic shot of female actors, including women of color as well as older actors.

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Ex-Cosby prosecutor: Secret phone calls “incriminate” comedian in rape

A prosecutor who declined to charge Bill Cosby with rape in 2005 took the stand this week and said that Andrea Constand and her mother “illegally obtained wiretaps” with information that “could be construed as incriminating” in rape for the fallen comedian. 176 more words

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