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You're famous. Now what?

If you missed last Friday's discussion on "microfame," or if you've ever felt that strange compulsion to get the hell off Facebook, listen up.
Look Here! C'mon, Really!
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 23, 2012

War stories; UPS gets proactive; in the toilet

On Monday, your superior correspondents observed Veterans Day and, as is Jorge's habit, he turned on talk radio to listen for a few minutes.
Veterans Day, on the left
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 16, 2012
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Smile! Your mug shot might be on Facebook

Police departments might not aspire to be popular.
The criminal network
By NOAH SCHAFFER  |  September 21, 2012
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Wall Street reform that will work

It is, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, déjà vu all over again.
Crucify the bastards
By EDITORIAL  |  May 25, 2012
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Interview: Rory O’Connor digs social media

Rory O'Connor has been thinking about trust and the media for a long time.
News trust
By DAN KENNEDY  |  May 18, 2012
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With friends like these ...

It's almost laughable that people get so upset about electronic privacy when the government can search your car, containers, and property outside your home without a search warrant.
Letters to the Boston editors, April 27, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 27, 2012


Countering troubling online queries

If you haven't seen the videos haunting Facebook, Twitter, and the news, then search for "Am I Ugly?" on YouTube.
Viral videos
By KIRAH LYNN BROUILLETTE  |  March 30, 2012
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Tanja Hollander takes Facebook to the PMA

If you've been buzzing about "Are You Really My Friend?" the new installation of Facebook-inspired portraits by local photographer and Bakery Photo Collective founder Tanja Alexia Hollander, you're not alone.
Friend quest
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 10, 2012
Memes: Success

Meme forecast for 2012

When evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in 1976 — meaning "a piece of thought copied from person to person" — he probably didn't realize that, in time, the word would come to be synonymous with cat macros, various advice anima
What pianos will the cats of the future play for us?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011
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Facebook party pics

Memories. Mostly drunk ones.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  December 23, 2011
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Stop SOPA

The dinosaurs of the entertainment world ( i.e. , Hollywood movie studios and national music companies) have joined with the Business Software Alliance (which represents tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, and Intel) to sponsor an insidious piece of l
Old-media corporate giants seek censorship through a web-based blacklist. Plus, #occupy brutality, and D.C. deadlock.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2011


RIP .:therapy

For years, a pair of giant angels hung over the dance floor at .:therapy, an afterhours electronic dance music (EDM) club in Olneyville.
Dance Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 18, 2011
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Smash Mouth chicken out

In the end, some eggs were eaten and a bunch of money was raised to help sick kids, which is great. But did Steve Harwell truly meet the egg challenge? No!
Scrambling
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 21, 2011

Drawing a line

Remain calm. You've probably heard that a special commission has failed to reach bipartisan agreement on a plan to redraw the boundary between Maine's two congressional districts in order to make their populations as close to equal as possible. Don't p
Bipartisan agreement
By AL DIAMON  |  September 09, 2011
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My Facebook vacation

The grin behind the grimace.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  August 12, 2011
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Sexy Period's panty raid

Stepping into Sexy Period's one-room office, I leave the imposing bricks of One Davol Square behind and enter a world of whimsy.
Department of Defense
By NICOLE FRIEDMAN  |  August 12, 2011


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A friend in need

For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 05, 2011

Google+: Social Minus the Network?


Google's Tuesday launch of its new social network Google+ has had the Internet abuzz (not to be confused with the clunky Google Buzz communication platform...
By Katie Lannan  |  June 29, 2011
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Eli Pariser talks about The Filter Bubble

When he was executive director of the progressive advocacy organization Move On, Eli Pariser had the chance to meet lots of fellow liberals. But he had fewer conservative friends, and he worried he was missing out on their perspectives on political and s
News feeding
By ETHAN ZUCKERMAN  |  May 27, 2011
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Look at This Fucking Hipster Wedding

If you liked it, then you shoulda put a bird on it.
Marching down the aisle with mustache parties, woodland creatures, and letterpress — lots and lots of letterpress.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 27, 2011

Letting our imaginations run wild

There was a priceless article in last week's Portland Press Herald about the "Platter Ensemble," a new "invention" — a slotted plate that fits over a deep-dish platter in order to catch the juices that sometimes squirt out of a freshly cracked lobste
Patent pending
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 20, 2011


Lawrence Lessig: Net neutrality "most likely dead as a political movement"


"We were supposed to be celebrating," Lawrence Lessig was telling the National Conference on Media Reform (NCMR).  But by then -- Friday morning, the Seaport...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 12, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Pancakes! Lent! Golf!

March has been a true delight in the music-PR department — I haven't seen this many dumbshit stunts since Jackass 3D . Let's roll up our sleeves and thrust our hands elbow deep into a steaming pile of press releases:
This month's inessential press releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 25, 2011
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2011 Valentines

Please take this Magic: The Gathering card as a token of my affection.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 04, 2011
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VHS is the new vinyl

I was a VHS addict. In the '80s and '90s, I practically lived at the video store, renting every movie I could get my hands on. As my obsession with movies grew, renting was not enough; they needed to be mine. I amassed a few hundred videocassettes, and
I thought video was a dead medium — until I discovered the analog underworld of VHS snobs
By MICHAEL NEEL  |  January 28, 2011
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Phantom Gourmet kisses ass, defends Upper Crust

The day after Christmas, those who follow the Phantom Gourmet's Facebook feed were treated to a provocative status update.
Bitter aftertaste
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 07, 2011


Piercing pride, diving into drinks, and Facebook fanatics

I am 18 and am currently in the midst of the search for my first job. I have three facial piercings and I am wondering if this will be detrimental in landing a job ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  January 07, 2011

Why I am leaving Facebook

By the time you read this, I'll already be gone.
New beginnings
By DAN MACLEOD  |  December 31, 2010

The year in tech

This year saw some tech wins (public information), some losses (privacy), and many more questions for the future of an increasingly wired world. (Example: Is anything secret anymore?) And there was the appearance of yet another grassroots David, and, as
Private eyes are watching you
By JEFF INGLIS AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 24, 2010
Facebook and Twitter-Styled Adidas Shelltoes?

Facebook and Twitter-Styled Adidas Shelltoes?


Only in a meta-riffic modern world could Mashable write that these non-existent social network shelltoes (pics above and below) "aren’t available for purchase," and, thanks...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 29, 2010