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The Big Hurt: The YouTube anime mystery

What the hell is wrong with the Internet? Thorpe utterly fails to investigate . . .
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.
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 02, 2008

Max Tundra | Parallax Error Beheads You

Domino (2008)
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.”
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 14, 2008

Battling Scientology

Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
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 costly.  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 23, 2008

Facebook follies

 Letters to the Boston editor, August 8, 2008
I’d rather live with Facebook than without!

Krofft fare

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

Facebook phobia

Thought high school was bad? Social-networking sites jack up Web-era insecurities
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.
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 16, 2008

Funny business

As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2008

Hot and cold

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

Nowhere to hide

College gossip blogs exposed
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.
By KARA BASKIN  |  April 25, 2008

What's going on?

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

Everything is coming up bacon

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

Youth in the booth

The frat party at the Electoral College may be over . So why are the kids still turning out?
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.
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  January 30, 2008

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

Browsing ahead

You can’t do much when you’re dead   — but you can still send e-mail. That’s just one Internet innovation that will loom large in 2008
All that online talk (nine billion Google hits and counting) notwithstanding, “Web 3.0” won’t be happening any time soon.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 26, 2007

Wikipedia rules

Wikipedia doubled its number of articles in just 18 months. But who are the “Wikipediots” writing them? And why do they do it?
The ancient Library at Alexandria, once the largest on Earth, housed perhaps 500,000 volumes.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2007

Suffrage net city

The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007

Free culture: what it is, why it matters

Copyright reform in the digital age
“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
By JOE BERNARDI  |  November 19, 2007

Plaid to the bone

The return of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Dicky Barrett is on his cellphone from Atlanta.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 23, 2007

Crank that, techie

Cool jerks
In the summer of 2006, DeAndre Way, then 16, combated summer boredom in Batesville, Mississippi, by writing songs with Fruity Loops digital-audio software.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 12, 2007

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