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The Big Hurt: YouTube rap spam

If you read the comments of any major rap video on YouTube, you'll always see some authentic hustle shining through the racist bickering and Illuminati accusations.
Straight talk
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 14, 2012

Rich Juzwiak, the superman of supercuts, waxes philosophical about his métier

I'm not here to make friends. This pithy phrase tidily encapsulates all the bluster, the stiltedness, the underwhelming drama and overinflated breasts of reality TV.
He’s not there to make friends
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 04, 2012

Solid, authentic, unmanufactured American clips

Whether you've heard his name or not, Alan Lomax is one of the most prominent cultural influences in US history.
The real YouTube
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 06, 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

[strange video alert] This news anchor is really drunk, maybe (probably)

Okay, so, we may not be the most conservative news establishment around but at least nobody on our staff comes to work hamsauced (that we...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 08, 2011

Karmin: Still crashing the industry's party

Well, wouldn't you know it, KARMIN aren't wasting their time over there in Hollywoodland: not long after arrival, their first music video debuted on VEVO...
By Cassandra Landry  |  December 07, 2011


Videos: Selections from the Afghanistan War YouTube Video Fest

To mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, Phoenix art critic Greg Cook presents the “Afghanistan War YouTube Video Fest,” a screening of videos documenting the conflict.
Scenes from a decade of war
By GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2011

The Urinal does it again; more on Thayer Street; no joke; fun in the Bucket

Phillipe and Jorge were agitated to see the wrap-around over the front section of our September 13 issue of the Urinal, as we had grown quite fond of finding garish stickers in these parts, informing us what local firms would buy our gold or pursue a per
The whole truth?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 16, 2011

Review: Life in a day

Sometimes it seems like universal access to video and the Internet has resulted in just a lot of amateur porn and wearying narcissism.
Amateur filmmakers submit snippets of their lives
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2011

[Terrifying Video Alert] Vote Bachmann for Prez 2k12 or little girls will eat your soul

This is probably a joke. We're pretty sure this is a joke. Well, we're hoping it is, in which case, shame on whoever exploited these...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 02, 2011

Awesome viral [music] video alert: Dutch couple gets freaky on and around a scooter

If this video (loosely translated: "with Romana on the scooter") proves anything, it's that Dutch people are very attractive and have got some killer dance...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 13, 2011

This week in The Big Hurt by David Thorpe

The Big Hurt: Britney, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Rebecca Black, and Miley Cyrus weigh the price of fame

BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued for $10 million by the company that helped her score a fragrance deal with Elizabeth Arden. It's claiming that she owes it a 35 percent commission on the sales of her popular scents. This boosts my self-esteem a little — say
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 15, 2011

Easily distracted

Contrary to popular belief, Republican Governor Paul LePage is not an idiot.
The LePage mantras
By AL DIAMON  |  April 08, 2011
Whats on the Internets

Whats on the Internets

 Whats On The Internets<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="640" height="390" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> YES, every bone Steven Seagal has broken on film, (skull in
By MorningIntern  |  March 23, 2011
hoopleville_experts_list presents ...

YouTube experts take on American cheese.
By DAVID KISH  |  March 04, 2011

Web hits Quiet Desperation and Karmaloop are turning Boston into must-see TV

In Boston, there are two nascent examples of Web-video projects getting flipped into legitimate TV deals.
As Seen on PC
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 28, 2011

Two New Fan-Made Short Films: Half-Life and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Two new fan films hit YouTube this past weekend. The first is a highly anticipated 12-minute fan film based on the video game series Half-Life,...
By Maddy Myers  |  January 24, 2011

MIT Kinects with the Future

Here in the future, we don't just have park lights that run on dog poop; we're so advanced that cutting-edge technology occasionally shows up in the toy aisle at Wal-Mart.
Philip K. Dicking Around
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 17, 2010

Viral justice?

The seven-minute YouTube clip begins with five Boston police officers, crowding a Roxbury Community College entranceway, restraining a face-down suspect.
The media might have moved on, but RCC students won't let a case of potential police brutality on campus fade without a fight
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2010

The world is watching

You are being watched.
If you don't want the government, big industry, and some 15 year old to know your secrets, you're shit out of luck. And so far no one knows what to do about it.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 24, 2010

Review: 9500 Liberty

Arizona bigots didn’t draft and pass their controversial immigration law without a model.
Arizona was not the first
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 10, 2010

They're raping pop-punkers out here!

As the time-honored adage goes: "you're nobody until someone makes a punk-rock song out of something stupid you said on camera." Or something along those...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 27, 2010

Review: Winnebago Man (2009)

Twenty summers ago, in the deep sweat of nowhere Iowa, a hired crew set out to film the lamest sort of low-budget sales video imaginable. But what could have been a mundane if not suicidal assignment spun into accidental comedy, as the star of the infom
Ben Steinbauer and Jack Rebney make their pitch
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 23, 2010

Enter Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord have hit the sweet spot.
The rap on a South African phenomenon
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 23, 2010

Bangladeshi government unbans Facebook

In 2009, the government of Bangladesh started a project called Digital Bangladesh. Its premise was simple: that by 2021, Bangladesh (a third world country slightly...
By Arafat Kazi  |  June 08, 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

Video: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen save the planet!

Now showing on YouTube, the World Wildlife Fund's new thriller, "Everyone turn off your lights on March 27 to show how easy it is to...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 11, 2010

Welcome to College Admissions World, where YouTube is cutting edge

Legally Blonde is a way smarter movie than anyone gives it credit. When Reese Witherspoon’s ultra-ditzy, fashion-obsessed character woos the admissions officers at Harvard Law...
By Carrie Battan  |  February 25, 2010

V66 revisited

A new film looks fondly back on 'the poor man's MTV'
A new film looks fondly back on 'the poor man's MTV'
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 05, 2010

Weekend in review: Obama rips Coakley, Scott Brown admits larceny, and Talk Soup finds the best-hung weatherman in Boston

Finally: the ass-kicking MARTHA COAKLEY deserves. Delivered not by any actual Democrats, but by Fred Armisen's BARACK OBAMA on Saturday Night Live. Worst. Candidate. Ever....
By Carly Carioli  |  January 31, 2010