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Film, "The Internet's Own Boy": The Vilification and Martyrdom of Aaron Swartz

"The Internet's Own Boy": The Vilification and Martyrdom of Aaron Swartz

Brian Knappenberger's film might easily be repurposed as a fictional political thriller, but it's much scarier as a documentary. The subject of The Internet's Own Boy is programmer and information activist Aaron Swartz, the Stanford dropout who helped found Reddit,…
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What's in a Nayme?: The Term "Gaymer" Belongs to All of Us Now

Blogger Chris Vizzini thought he was fighting for the little guy when he trademarked the term "gaymer" in 2008, two years after launching his website, Gaymer.org. Traditionally, the word had been a pejorative directed at gay video game nerds. It…
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The Tall Guy: Ben Pack Takes the Short Path to Big Fame

Virality is kind of a white whale in the Internet world. It's hard to engineer — though many have tried — and it often smiles on those who least expect it. Take Ben Pack, for instance, the 6-foot-10 San Francisco…
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News, Feature Rage Against the Machinima: YouTube's Stars Battle Networks

Rage Against the Machinima: YouTube's Stars Battle Networks

Illustration by Jesse Lenz The video "Thank you, I will miss you guys" is barely a minute long — all one shaky, handheld shot trained on the face of then-21-year-old Ben Vacas. Vacas, known online as Braindeadly, has brown…
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Profit Over Education Story gets an A grade for exposing truths: I just wanted to drop SF Weekly a quick line to compliment Chris Parker's story in this week's issue . As a former…
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News, Feature The Copyright Standoff: Technology Pits Bad Rules vs. No Rules

The Copyright Standoff: Technology Pits Bad Rules vs. No Rules

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen. On the morning of Jan. 18, Alexis Ohanian sat down, bleary-eyed, in front of his computer and, as he often did, opened Wikipedia. But this time something was wrong. The site refused to load.…
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