How to Make Sure You Get Open Culture in Your Facebook Newsfeed: Now You Can Take Control

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For the longest time, Facebook gave you no ability to control what content you see in your Facebook newsfeed. Some 378,000 people have “liked” our Facebook page. But only a fraction actually see Open Culture posts in their newsfeed.


The Visionary Thought of Marshall McLuhan, Introduced and Demystified by Tom Wolfe

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Marshall McLuhan and Tom Wolfe: both writers, both astute observers of modern humanity, and both public figures whose work has, over the years, enjoyed high fashionability and endured high unfashionability. You might think the connection between them ends there.


The New Yorker Presents: Watch the 30 Minute Pilot of the New Docu-Series from The New Yorker

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Note: Anyone with an Amazon account (at least in the US) can watch this pilot in HD for free here.
This week, The New Yorker officially celebrates its 90th anniversary with an expanded edition that revisits its many accomplishments since it first printed copies on February 21, 1925.


David Carr Gives 10 Pieces of Work & Life Advice to UC Berkeley Graduates

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David Carr took seven years to get through college. He didn’t have a Master’s degree or a PhD. Before he made it big writing for The New York Times, he spent time in rehab and on welfare. David Carr didn’t fit the profile of your average commencement speaker.


Posters Promoting the 1970s L.A. Punk Scene: Black Flag, The Plimsouls, The Runaways & More

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Fred Patterson, aka Phast Phreddie, Senior Archivist of the ARChive of Contemporary Music, DJ, music journalist and former punk rock zinester has undeniable street cred.
He also has a handful of flyers documenting the late ‘70s LA punk scene.


Martin Scorsese’s New Documentary on The New York Review of Books Airs Tonight on HBO

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A quick note: Tonight, HBO will air the premiere of The 50 Year Argument. That’s Martin Scorsese’s new documentary about the influential literary and academic journal, The New York Review of Books.


Longform’s New, Free App Lets You Read Great Journalism from Your Favorite Publishers

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If you have managed to keep your attention span intact during this distracting information age, then you’re almost certainly familiar with, a web site that makes it easy to find something great to read online, especially if you like reading informative, well-crafted works of non-fiction.


Conspiracy Theory Rock: The Schoolhouse Rock Parody Saturday Night Live May Have Censored

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You’ve probably seen “Illusion of Choice,” a 2011 infographic detailing how six media conglomerates “control a staggering 90% of what we read, watch, or listen to.” (The entities named are GE, News Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS.


The New Yorker Web Site is Entirely Free This Summer (Until It Goes Behind a Paywall This Fall)

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Yesterday, The New Yorker magazine published “A Note to Readers,” announcing the new strategy behind its web site. The site now has a different look and feel. It will also be governed by a new set of economics, which will include putting the entire site behind a paywall.


Free Download: They Might Be Giants Play Their Entire First Album Live

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They Might Be Giants released their eponymous debut album in November, 1986 and it immediately attracted the attention of Village Voice music critic, Robert Christgau, who, in giving the album an “A,” said “the hits just keep on coming in an exuberantly annoying show of creative superabundance”.


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