GAP Responds to Racist Graffiti With Humane Awesomeness

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Having spent nearly 8 years living in New York City, I know a thing or two about spotting unfortunate DIY revisions on the movie posters and advertising campaigns that litter the walls of the city. You’d be hard pressed to find a subway platform free of hand drawn penises and mustaches and other superfluous commentary.

Often times racist, sexist, and otherwise offensive graffiti goes unnoticed which is why Gap’s recently defaced ad, and the company’s respectful response, is filling the internet with all sorts of holiday cheer.

 

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 6:56 am

Now we get to the second phase of understanding the Surveillance State – once you have vacuumed up all this private information from everyone, what do you do with it? Answer: blackmail, extort, and destroy. Information is power, the power to punish your perceived enemies and reward your friends and the NSA’s mastery of the internet gives them access to a lot of information.

NSA Reportedly Hacked Internet Companies At Weak Spot

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 9:47 am

One of the open questions regarding internet companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook concerning the now revealed NSA spying program is how in the dark were they? No one is really buying their protestations of total innocence but there does seem to be some possibility that they were not completely aware of all the NSA was doing to vacuum up their users’ data.

That possibility is due to the nature of the internet and subsequent possibility that, in some cases, the NSA bypassed Silicon Valley and hacked into data cables.

Why I’m Less Worried About a Grand Bargain

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 11:30 am

President Obama has always wanted a grand bargain to cut Social Security benefits. As long as he is in office it is a real concern, but every day it seems less and less likely Republicans would ever agree to work with him.

YouTube Blocks, Unblocks, Kirk Cameron’s New Trailer (Also, Bananas)

By: Friday July 19, 2013 6:00 pm

Kirk Cameron’s new movie Unstoppable almost failed to live up to its name. The evangelical film producer and brother to DJ Tanner took to Facebook yesterday morning to protest supposed attempts made by Facebook and YouTube to “censor his film”.

Turkey: Citizen Journalism Under Attack; Facebook Collaborates

By: Sunday July 7, 2013 7:00 am

The Bar Association in Izmir organized a press conference stating that the Twitter arrests in the aftermath of the Gezi protests were based on illegally gathered information and no court decision. The police had staged a pre-emptive arrest of the authors of digital content in the absence of a direct order to even investigate the situation, finding evidence of any obvious criminal act, or a judge’s order to carry out these arrests.

State Department Spent $630,000 On Facebook ‘Likes’

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 1:35 pm

An Inspector General’s report blasts the State Department for wasting $630,000 on trying to get ‘likes’ on Facebook. The Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its “likes” count between 2011 and March 2013.

Google Asks Government For Permission To Publish More National Security Request Data

By: Wednesday June 12, 2013 6:40 am

After enduring a week of bad press over its involvement with NSA spying programs, Google has written an open letter to the U.S. government asking for permission to publish more data on national security requests.

Elon Musk Left Mark Zuckerberg’s Group Due to Group’s “Cynical Politics”

By: Friday May 31, 2013 2:10 pm

Successful entrepreneur and South African immigrant Elon Musk disclosed that he left Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group FWD.us out of disgust with the organization’s cynical political tactics.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nicco Mele, The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 1:59 pm

Nicco Mele is a man who knows the internet. The webmaster for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004 and the founder of a leading internet strategy firm, his discussion moves between the effect of Twitter on news reporting, Hollywood’s relationship with Netflix and Al Qaeda’s use of YouTube. These are only three of the many examples which make this book so interesting. The big ideas are sustained by engaging anecdotes.

The theme of Mele’s book is the effect of “radical connectivity”, which he describes as “our breathtaking ability to send vast amounts of data instantly, constantly and globally”, thus transforming politics, business and culture.

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