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Film, "Blackfish": Maybe Humans and Killer Whales Can't Play Together

"Blackfish": Maybe Humans and Killer Whales Can't Play Together

Blackfish Poor James Earl Jones. He pops up in the abundant archival footage used in Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary, which looks at the mistreatment of killer whales at Sea World and subsequent cover-ups when they attack humans. Jones is seen on…
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Instagrim: Social Media Reveals the Banalities and Horrors of Disaster Investigation

Live-Tweeting an event has come to be a symbol of our ephemeral age; cryptic, half-formed thoughts regarding NBA playoff games or episodes of Mad Men achieve worthlessness nanoseconds after their publication. Over the weekend, though, we saw the feds live-Tweeting…
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Tumbling Down: Yahoo's Purchase of Tumblr Incites E-Tantrums

It has been amusing to watch some of the sillier, more melodramatic reactions to Yahoo's announcement that it will buy the blogging platform Tumblr. Given Yahoo's history of wrecking or abandoning services that it has purchased (GeoCities, Flickr), it's somewhat…
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News, Feature Public Influence: The Immortalization of an Anonymous Death

Public Influence: The Immortalization of an Anonymous Death

Cover design by Andrew J. Nilsen. Turn on the computer. Open Twitter. Something catches your eye. Man on 3rd floor ledge posing in his skivvies A twitpic, date-stamped 3:18 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2010, shows a grainy figure, wearing…
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Music, All Shook Down The Myriad Charms Of Food Porn: Sloppy, Bloody And Hilarious

The Myriad Charms Of Food Porn: Sloppy, Bloody And Hilarious

The term "food porn" gets thrown around a lot these days, but what exactly does it mean? The most common usage seems to refer to figurative food porn, i.e. extreme close-ups of food, shot in a revealing, porn-like manner.…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jumpin' Jack Flash: the digital shift in rock photography

Jumpin' Jack Flash: the digital shift in rock photography

Since before the birth of the paparazzi, cameras have fueled obsessions with entertainers. These days, though, the damn things are everywhere. When the lights go down, the flashes go off, and everyone from the punk crooner to the eye-lined MTV…
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