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The uncertain future of Rhode Island media

The endless, anguished debate over how to deliver local news in the Age of the Internet has not reached anything like a satisfying conclusion.
Breaking news or broken news?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 02, 2011
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The high-stakes overhaul of a newspaper website

The Providence Journal 's website, once considered forward-looking, feels a little backward at the moment.
As the ProJo turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 19, 2010
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Interview: Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson

Vampires may have taken a bite out of the popular zeitgeist in the past couple of years, but the nearly $25 million in ticket sales that greeted the opening of Zombieland, as it shuffled into theaters this past weekend, just goes to prove that while fles
 Picking the brains of Zombieland 's stars 
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 09, 2009
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Cyberchondriacs

Last year, a co-worker (who shall remain nameless to save her from additional embarrassment) discovered a bug bite on her leg. It was slightly different than a typical mosquito bite; it was more bruise-like, and a bit painful to the touch. Not having a
Online health info can make you crazy
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 24, 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

Surviving the econopocalypse

If you're like the more than nine percent of Americans currently unemployed, your "Yes We Can!" has lately lost some of its gusto. You've hit up everyone you know for work, including your mom, your ex, and your ex's ex.
Want to keep your head above water in post-meltdown America? Here's some ways to get your own bailout bucks — without a W2.
By LISSA HARRIS  |  June 12, 2009


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Survive the econopocalypse

If you're like the more than nine percent of Americans currently unemployed, your "Yes We Can!" has lately lost some of its gusto. You've hit up everyone you know for work, including your mom, your ex, and your ex's ex.
Want to keep your head above water in post-meltdown America? Here's some ways to get your own bailout bucks — without a W2.
By LISSA HARRIS  |  June 10, 2009

What are the odds?

Ten years! When we organized our first Best Music Poll, way back in the day, we could only hope that it would one day wind up the institution it is today, with the annual Portland Music Awards ceremony drawing the best collection of musical talent Main
Best bets for this year's Best Music Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 29, 2009
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Interview: Traci Skene and Brian McKim

For the past 10 years, comedians (and married couple) Brian McKim and Traci Skene have cultivated a unique online niche for their comedy website SHECKYmagazine.com - a forum for both sharp, funny content and for erudite dissection of the craft and busin
Double your pleasure
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 17, 2009
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Fabulous fakes

The e-mail from "Craig Cook" arrived on March 2. It directed me to a Facebook page pretending to be Greg Cook's, and a YouTube video. I was busy, so I watched only the beginning of the latter.
'Me' and the Miracle 5
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 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


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Unveiling the new (old) Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood wants abortions for everyone! Well, not exactly.
Rebranding the Branded
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009
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Condo Fucks | Fuckbook

In the unlikely event that you haven't already discovered this on the Internet: the Condo Fucks are not the "legendary New London, CT trio" they're described as on Matador's Web site.
Matador (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 23, 2009
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Facebook for life

Facebook users have been notably vocal about their privacy concerns, and last week's blow-up over the change in the site's contract produced an outpouring of suspicion, recrimination, and protest.
Facebook is giving away your personal information and at least one data-miner is nervous about privacy.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 24, 2009
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You say what?!

When Professor Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof created the language called Esperanto in late-19th-century Poland, he envisioned a world unified under a lingua franca.
On American campuses, Esperanto is an extracurricular language
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  January 08, 2009

Press releases: Looking up

  All three Portland-based stations are taking their weather forecasting into the 21st century, posting live (or near-live) weather maps and radar images on their Web sites.
  T hr umming, throbbing, foreboding musical themes
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 17, 2008


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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
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Max Tundra | Parallax Error Beheads You

It begins with a MIDI organ and Tundra singing like Little Orphan Annie: “I landed in somebody’s lap, between the iPod and yellow trucker cap.”
Domino (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  November 11, 2008

Interview: Girl Talk

David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 10, 2008
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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

Facebook follies

I’d rather live with Facebook than without!
 Letters to the Boston editor, August 8, 2008
By LETTERS TO THE BOSTON EDITOR  |  August 06, 2008


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Krofft fare

My favorite Sid and Marty Krofft production is one they had nothing to do with.
Sid and Marty show MySpace how psychedelia’s really done
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 23, 2008
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Facebook phobia

It’s safe to say that Facebook is now an omniscient, all-powerful tool that, in some way, traffics in dirt on nearly everyone you know.
Thought high school was bad? Social-networking sites jack up Web-era insecurities
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 16, 2008
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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
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Nowhere to hide

Google-fucked. That’s what you are when a potential employer searches your name and discovers that you — you of the 4.0 GPA, you of the charity work — are also the sluttiest person on campus.
College gossip blogs exposed
By KARA BASKIN  |  April 25, 2008


What's going on?

Five years into the Iraq War, we can catalogue a person’s every move with Twitter, Facebook, and the like.
Never mind the information age. When it comes to the war, we’re still in the dark.
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  March 12, 2008
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Everything is coming up bacon

Pigs are noble creatures, selflessly giving of their delectable flesh — and we need as many of them as we can get.
That intoxicating smell, the siren-call sizzle — looks like pop culture has gone hog wild
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 22, 2008
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Youth in the booth

Sometime since 1976 — just four years after 18 year olds were granted the right to vote but decided they’d rather not — the youth movement has become a joke.
The frat party at the Electoral College may be over . So why are the kids still turning out?
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  January 30, 2008
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Youth.com

The Internet can be terrifying.
Frontline online
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 16, 2008