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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

 The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

 The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are the best of the bunch. Enjoy them with our compliments. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

 The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of material and a lot of it is really good. Here's the best of the bunch. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

 The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Oh boy! Josh and Chuck have another list of the best articles they read this week, just for you and your spongy brain. See more »

 Round-up of Newsish Items to Start Your Week Off Right!

Will the bounty from the Bradley Manning WikiLeaks cables ever end? The New York Times has a pretty awesome article from Sunday about shadow pathways to the Internet that the U.S. government is funding and supporting. The concept is pretty sweet, though I don't feel remotely that I understand it on any technical level. See more »

 Florida Did Not Accidentally Outlaw Sex; or, How Slow Weekend News Cycles Work

(Please excuse the subject matter; this post is on media criticism, not really on illegal and corrupt sex acts.) Infrequent, it is when the topic of zoophilia makes the news cycle. Which is what makes the news cycle during the second weekend in May 2011 remarkable. Zoophilia, the clinical term for the more vulgar term bestiality (vulgar being a less common term for common), was all over the place in the last news cycle. See more »

 Persona Management Software: A little birdie created your opinion

A Daily Kos post by Happy Rockefeller about the recent tearing back of the flesh of the media that has revealed the very real propaganda that makes up much of its sinew and tissue -- the result of the work of WikiLeaks, Anonymous, mainstream media stories about the Koch Brothers, prank calls by alt-weekly editors to state governors and the like -- worries that it poses a real threat to social stability and the well-being of the general public. See more »

 50 Cent's Pump and Dump Twitter Scheme

I'm having trouble figuring out if the rapper 50 Cent is guilty of insider trading for his big stock tip over the weekend. Mr. Cent (or Mr. Jackson, your pick) used his rather large Twitter following (about 3.8 million) to boost the share price of penny stock in a company he holds shares called H&H Imports. See more »

 Indonesian Disaster Adviser Twitter Account Hacked: Tsunami Tomorrow

The Jakarta Globe reports that the Twitter account of Andi Arief, the government adviser for disaster management and social affairs, was hacked on Thursday. Someone managed to hijack the adviser's account, @AndiAriefNew, and send a message to his 8,500 followers: "Besok jakarta tsunami" ("Jakarta tsunami tomorrow). Aside from the loss of face, there doesn't appear to have been any fallout or panic created by the tweet. The hacker also sent other messages, mocking other national officials and prompting an indignant response from a staffer. See more »

 Twitter Brand Social Media, Now Available in New Delicious Persistent Vegetative State Formula

So I'm definitely not the tech writer around here, which is why I'll write about the sociological implications of Twitter rather than any technology behind it. That and I'm afraid of Chris Pollette and Jonathan Strickland following me into the bathroom and locking the door behind them. For being so pasty, those two know how to wield bicycle chains and car radio antennae with surprising effectiveness. I do not, in fact, have a Twitter account. I'll probably be a member of the 26th wave (coming up two from now), but I am fascinated by the ideal Web 2.0 model our society's faithfully followed, as established by MySpace and perfected by Facebook, wherein a clever new social media technology is unrolled, early adopters figure out even cleverer novel uses for it, these new uses are picked up by the aged media, which disseminates news of the tech to everybody else who, in turn, take up use of the service, which leads to more media exposure, even further use and the final stage, complete and utter entrenchment in said society. See more »