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The M.I.A. kertruffle

In an interview with Nylon magazine, M.I.A. offered a shocking revelation about the Web sites we use every day: "Google and Facebook were developed by the CIA, and when you're on there, you have to know that."
Plus Gallagher goes begging, Bieber gets erased, Abdul loses time
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 11, 2010

White losers rejoice: Fletch celebrates 25 years

This holiday weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Fletch , the uneven but wildly enduring 1985 Chevy Chase comedy about a wisecracking reporter embroiled in a potboiler mystery.
Thrill of the Chase Dept.
By PETER HYMAN  |  May 28, 2010

The Big Hurt: Say anything

It’s almost impossible to read a single page of YouTube comments without being confronted by society’s ugliest afflictions: ignorance, pointless fights, horrifying racism, and unfair criticism of Justin Bieber’s haircut.
The week in YouTube comments
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 09, 2010

The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010

Through a glass darkly

Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2010

Persian miniatures

You can see what is probably the most significant filmmaking right now in Iran by going to YouTube and viewing the artless images of brutality in the streets of Tehran captured by scores of average Iranian citizens armed with cell-phone cameras.
Films from Iran choose indirect confrontation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010

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High-powered hybrid

"It's pretty much impossible for us to have a predictable sound," said Rosalind Raskin earlier this week while discussing The Friend Ship (Moose Proof Records), the full-length debut from Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes ( ).
Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes set sail on  The Friend Ship
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 21, 2009
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Hot Toddy

The uncredited, audio-only, blank-screen video debuted on YouTube in October 2007, but didn't start getting known until the middle of last year. Its popularity has grown steadily since: the original posting still hasn't topped even 10,000 views — and y
YouTube mystery to go live in Portland
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  July 17, 2009

Earth Hour

At 8:30 pm this Saturday, the world will go dark. Or so we hope.
City will participate — what will you be doing?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009

He's number three

The conditions seem perfect for  Kevin McCrea's latest YouTube video : warm for February, reasonably sunny, no sonic competition from nearby construction.
How seriously should Boston take long-shot mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea?
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 18, 2009


"It's quite simple, really," Dr. Branom tells Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange . "We're just going to show you some films."
One local video editor has build a following paying homage to Hollywood's coolest directors. So why is YouTube all up in his grill?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 18, 2009


The recording industry vs. free speech

Download of Nonsense
This past week, US District Judge Nancy Gertner granted the industry's request to postpone the trial, originally scheduled to begin January 22, until February 24.

The Big Hurt: Dare to meme

Apologies in advance for the YouTube clip of 2009
Apologies in advance for the YouTube clip of 2009
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 26, 2009

What exactly is the opera experience?

"There's this completely wrong stereotype about opera," says Roxanna Myhrum of the Boston Opera Collaborative.
Multi-media score
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 22, 2009

Fleecing, stealing, shilling, and sucking with impunity

Over the busy holiday season, a tremendous wealth of worthless music-news tidbits slipped through the cracks, unnoticed by a lethargic, goose-sated America.
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 06, 2009

Wright stuff

The Comedy Hall of Fame picks a winner
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 11, 2008


Robby Roadsteamer's good intentions

"He's beyond passionate — it's almost to the brink of sanity with him."
The Greater Boston Alternative-Comedy Festival
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2008

The Big Hurt: The YouTube anime mystery

YouTube is now so shockingly complete in its catalogue of illegally uploaded music that it's like a cheap jukebox that plays every song, ever.
What the hell is wrong with the Internet? Thorpe utterly fails to investigate . . .
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 01, 2008

Scattered after-thoughts

With the Phoenix going to press on Tuesday evening (before most election results came in), I struggled to come up with ways to be relevant on the morning after.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2008

Another Bush lie

Online history lesson
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  October 29, 2008

Scientific slowdown

In the industrial heart of South Boston, behind an unassuming door labeled “Time Warp,” a man slices eggs, tomatoes, and tatami mats at high speed with a samurai sword on a recent Saturday afternoon.  
Warp-speed photography
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  October 22, 2008


Battling Scientology

In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and
Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 15, 2008

True dat?

Rory O’Connor’s timing couldn’t be much better.
Rory O’Connor ponders  the future of journalistic trust at Harvard
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 25, 2008

Bangkok Dangerous

For genre fare Hollywood has long turned to Asia for a creative spark.
Like a Nine Inch Nails video in need of trimming for YouTube
By TOM MEEK  |  September 09, 2008

Visions from Lilliput

In a sense, every successful portmanteau word represents a narrow escape.
The rise of the minisode
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 28, 2008

Gimme some truth

Can it be a coincidence, I ask rhetorically, that we have all of a sudden become very interested in watching highly trained men smack the shit out of each other?
In praise of Ultimate Fighting
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 25, 2008


Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008

Hot and cold

Bands and artists do have a way of coming and going here in Boston.
A revved-up Bang Camaro and techno Freezepop lead the way
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 07, 2008

Pie-tossers renew free speech debate at Brown

“A lot of people are talking about whether this was outrageous, or justified, or laudable, or totalitarian.”
Uncivil liberties
By ARIEL WERNER  |  April 30, 2008

LOL in the family

Rick Rolling made real before our eyes? This truly was a special night.

Post-roflcon antics at the East

By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  April 29, 2008