Did the Wayback Machine Catch Russian-Backed Rebels Claiming Responsibility for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17?

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Web/Tech |3 Comments

If you’re a long-time reader of Open Culture, you know all about Archive.org — a non-profit that houses all kinds of fascinating texts, audio, moving images, and software. And don’t forget archived web pages.

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Slavoj Žižek Charged With Plagiarizing A White Nationalist Magazine Article

≡ Category: Current Affairs |9 Comments

Anyone who does any sort of research-based writing knows how easy it is for an occasional close approximation of another’s prose to slip into a summary. Such instances rarely constitute plagiarism, but they can occupy an uncomfortable gray area.

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The Internet’s Own Boy: New Documentary About Aaron Swartz Now Free Online

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Film, Life, Web/Tech |13 Comments

On BoingBoing today, Cory Doctorow writes: “The Creative Commons-licensed version of The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s documentary about Aaron Swartz, is now available on the Internet Archive, which is especially useful for people outside of the US, who aren’t able to pay to see it online….

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Vi Hart Explains & Defends Net Neutrality in a New Doodle-Filled Video

≡ Category: Business, Current Affairs |1 Comment

Vi Hart is back at it again. Hart has a knack for demystifying complex concepts with her visually-rich mathematical videos. She has previously tackled Stravinsky and Schoenberg’s 12-Tone Compositions and the Space-Time Continuum. This week, she’s taking on the concept of Net Neutrality.

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A History of Pussy Riot: Watch the Band’s Early Performances/Protests Against the Putin Regime

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Music, Politics |1 Comment

Recently attacked by Cossacks in Sochi and by black-clad men with green antiseptic in Moldova, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have, since their December release from a two-year prison sentence, remained the very public faces of the punk band/agit-prop collective known as Pussy Riot.

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New Google-Powered Site Tracks Global Deforestation in ‘Near-Real-Time’

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Environment, Google, Maps |Leave a Comment

In September we told you about trillions of satellite images of Earth, generated by the Landsat, that are now available to the public.
Now we can share an interactive tool that is using some of those Landsat images to stop illegal deforestation.

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Why is Ukraine in Crisis?: A Quick Primer For Those Too Embarrassed to Ask

≡ Category: Current Affairs |6 Comments

Why have Ukrainians been protesting since November? It’s a question you might feel strange asking in February. But not to worry, The Washington Post has put together a helpful video that explains the crisis in two minutes (above), along with a related primer: 9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask.

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Noam Chomsky on Commemorating the JFK Assassination: It “Would Impress Kim Il-Sung”

≡ Category: Current Affairs, History |2 Comments

In recent decades, historians have tried to offer a balanced assessment of JFK’s life and legacy, offering clear-eyed accounts of his handling of foreign and domestic policy, and raising questions about his infidelities and health problems, all the while chipping away at the Camelot myth.

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Two Viral Videos Push Against Stereotypical Messages Girls Get From the Media (Mildly NSFW)

≡ Category: Comedy, Creativity, Current Affairs, Television |5 Comments

The first of two videos circulating on the internet, “Girls Who Read” by UK poet and “Rogue Teacher” Mark Grist (above) hits back at the lad culture that objectifies women according to certain “bits” named above in some mildly NSFW language.

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Slavoj Žižek & Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Exchange An Extraordinary Series of Letters

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Music, Philosophy, Politics |2 Comments

Missing for almost a month, imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been reported by her husband as recovering in a Siberian hospital from issues related to her hunger strike.

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