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Author Archive for: ‘Jonathan Fisher’

Israelis and Iranians Reach Out To Each Other On Facebook

Some Israeli and Iranian citizens are reaching out to each other via Facebook, in light of recent sentiments that a war between their countries

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How the Encyclopaedia Britannica Stacks Up Against Wikipedia [Infographic]

I have to admit: when I wrote last week’s article about the Encyclopedia Britannica‘s going out of print, I jumped over to Wikipedia for a little bit of fact-checking. I’ve gone on record lamenting the demise of the multi-volume printed reference set, even feel a bit of nostalgia for it, though I haven’t looked something up in the EB since …

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Up-Close Video of Invisible Children’s Jason Russell Having a Naked Breakdown [NSFW]

Producing an earth-shattering, virally successful video could take its toll on anybody. Especially when that video strives to save the lives and minds of African children from the throes of kidnapping and forced-soldiery. Deadlines, last-minute edits, high emotions, sharp criticisms, and even widespread success are all things that the human mind doesn’t normally have to deal with, and it can …

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The Itchy & Scratchy Show Compilation Is 48 Minutes Long [Video]

When I was a kid, Mom and Dad tried to ban me from watching The Simpsons because it was often “violent and inappropriate.” (Mom would say: “rude, crude, and socially unacceptable.”) Nonsense, what it was, was brilliant satire. At least until the late nineties. What was violent, however, was The Itchy & Scratchy Show, The Simpsons’ over-the-top show-within-a-show that featured …

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7 Reasons To Embrace Online Culture [Infographic]

It blew my mind when I first learned that some people now have the job title: “Social Media Strategist.” For a while there, I thought that members of my generation had just brilliantly conned the system into paying them to play around on Facebook and Twitter (funny, several of my jobs in college did just that — only I don’t …

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Kony 2012 Co-Founder Jason Russell Detained For Public Masturbation? [Updated]

Jason Russell, of Invisible Children and most recently KONY 2012 fame, was detained by San Diego Police in Pacific Beach yesterday, on allegations of public intoxication, vandalism, and masturbating in public. Update: ABC News is reporting: “Several callers reported the male was wearing only underwear and running into the street,” said the statement released by San Diego police spokeswoman Lt. …

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This American Life Source Lied About Apple, Foxconn Details

Popular public radio show This American Life is retracting an episode it aired back in January which condemned major electronics companies Apple and Foxconn. The retraction follows a revelation that the episode’s chief source, Mike Daisey, invented and embellished facts cited on the program. This American Life’s creator and host announced the retraction in a blog post today, citing “significant …

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How Do Today’s Teens Compare To Their ’80s Counterparts? [Infographic]

I let nostalgia take over yesterday, when I posted some Encyclopedia Britannica commercials from the ’80s and ’90s. Those poor kids were always having to walk to the library, just to get information for school reports. One of my favorite lines from the commercials comes when the kid enumerates the many new devices his parents bought him: “They bought me …

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Washington Post Masthead On A Chinese Government Publication

Freedom of speech — and thus, consequently, freedom to advertise — are fundamental principles of a free democracy and a thriving capitalist democracy, right? That’s what we’re told in this country from a young age. Well it turns out those freedoms are also employed by the Chinese Communist Party. In America. Namely, in The Washington Post. This is the source …

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Kate Upton’s Zoo York Commercial Is Too Hot For MTV, Adult Swim [Video]

Last month, model and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covergirl Kate Upton blew up the twitterfeed when she filmed the hottest hamburger advertisement ever for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. Now she has a new steamy commercial coming out, this time for skateboard and clothing company Zoo York, and this one’s so racy that MTV and Adult Swim won’t run it. Thats …

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At Least Five Major Web-Security Companies Will Not Help Pakistan Censor The Internet

At least five major companies offering information security products will not submit bids to the Pakistani government, which has been openly seeking an internet censor since February. San Diego-based Websense was one of the first to openly reject the offer, announcing in a March 2nd statement: “Websense will not submit a response to this request for proposal (RFP), and we …

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Google Earth Helps Reunite Indian Family After 24 Years

I remember the first time I used Google Earth to look at satellite photos of my house. It was a little bit scary, but it was even more awesome. At the time I couldn’t imagine any practical application for the technology, though I assumed maybe it would come in handy for someone. Turns out it did. Thirty-year-old Saroo Brierley, of …

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