After Malcolm Harris was arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge during an Occupy Wall Street protest, the Manhattan District Attorney subpoenaed Twitter to hand over his tweets. What follows is a provocative and playful engagement on the projections of power in a networked age.
“The law doesn’t know how to treat Twitter, at least in part because we don’t know all the ways to use it yet. Some of us are aware of the system’s rules but, as Wittgenstein argues, rules can’t describe every in-game behaviour.”
The righteous truths of Dave Chappelle in essay form.
“As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.”
Jay Caspian Kang writes with conversational eloquence; it’s uncanny. Like Ta-Nehisi Coates with Obama, Kang deconstructs the media narrative surrounding Jeremy Lin and race while also putting forth a compelling personal story. Without fail, Kang’s entries on Grantland are excellent.
An authoritative discussion on LeBron James’ LeBron-ness written as an imaginative parable.
“Finally, after several drama-clogged months, LeBron James announced his intentions. He called a public meeting in the Roman Forum, at the very spot from which Marc Antony had addressed his countrymen after the death of Julius Caesar. (Some found this choice of venue distasteful.) “I have decided,” James declared, “to take my tridents to Sicily.”
With trans-vaginal ultrasounds, “legitimate rape,” and the clumsy, outdated thinking behind a phrase like “binders full of women,” it’s clear that sex and gender equality are still a ways off. This can’t be more true in Egypt and the Middle East, where the war on women has been both revealed and exacerbated by the Arab Spring.
In this real life detective story, Adrian Chen reveals the identity of an infamous internet scumbag, one who “issued an unending fountain of racism, porn, gore, misogyny, incest, and exotic abominations yet unnamed, all on the sprawling online community Reddit.”
The frenzied web-discussions it inspired grappled with the nature of online identity, freedom of speech, and our expectations of digital privacy.
“From the instant Walter White set foot in that Winnebago, every single thing that’s happened — every rock cooked, every plane crashed, every breakfast eaten by the insatiable Walt Jr. — has been directly connected to that first fateful choice, an entire universe caught up in the whirring centrifuge where Walter’s morality used to be.”
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