Last Friday night, TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Moments later, the indie documentary became freely available online, which left the film’s director, Simon Klose, grinning, not grumbling. It makes sense when you consider the premise of the film.[...]
Internet trolls are very touchy people. Sometimes their rage is targeted at public figures, institutions, or groups who do and say horrible things (the Westboro Baptist Church comes to mind). More often, the phenomenon of “trolling” is a free-for-all of absurdist online pranks or verbal abuse directed at anyone and everyone.[...]
Even if you hate or fear statistics, you’ve surely become more than aware in recent months of one particular statistician: Nate Silver.[...]
If you still subscribe to old-fashioned print newspapers, chances are it’s because you like doing crossword puzzles and putting pen(cil) to paper.[...]
In going digital, we’ve gained some convenience. That’s undeniable. But we’ve lost much when it comes to aesthetics and quality too. (Neil Young makes that point again and again.[...]
In 2010, when The New Yorker released its iPad app, Jason Schwartzman made the comic pitch. Now comes the new iPhone app, and it’s Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture filmmaker and Girls creator) doing the honors.[...]
Back in March, we told you about the launch of The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive, which makes available thousands of papers belonging to the man who galvanized the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, before eventually becoming the leader of the nation.[...]
Before coming up with the slogan “Utz Are Better Than Nuts!” for the real-world Utz potato chip company on Mad Men, Don Draper and his crew had to study the competition, like this ad for Beech Nut or this one with Andy Griffith for General Foods.[...]
How about this for a new publishing model? The Buenos Aires publisher Eterna Cadencia has started to publish books made with disappearing ink. Once you crack open the cover, you have two months to finish the book, or else you’ll be staring at a blank page.[...]
Ron Unz may be best known in California for his unsuccessful bid for governor in 1994, but he’s actually a bit of a renaissance man. A theoretical physicist by training, Unz is chairman of a financial services software firm and publisher of The American Conservative magazine.
He’s also an open access media geek.