As Courts Look On, Online Comments Are Under Threat

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“One of the great questions for the future of the net is: to what extent this extraordinary freedom will be allowed to remain in the hands of the people, and to what extent will it be limited and regulated? If a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights is anything to go by, perhaps we should expect more of the latter.”

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Dancer-Choreographer William McClellan Dead At 36

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“He danced on the tables at his grade school. … As an adult, he used his credit cards to co-found a dance troupe … [and] danced and choreographed for a decade with Ohio’s Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.” He had been continuing with a promising career in choreography and teaching when he began a struggle with limbic encephalitis.

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The Original Artisanal Hipsters?

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“The Pre-Raphaelites – that dreamy, incestuous, awkward group of Victorian artists, writers, and aesthetes – are back.” (Does this mean that Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience was the original Portlandia?)

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The Groundlings At 40: Still Making Los Angeles A Comedy Hotbed

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“Students work through five levels over roughly five years before gaining a shot at joining the Sunday company, which itself is a steppingstone to being a Groundling. Only the best are voted in. Though close to 1,000 students are enrolled in the program, there are only 30 Groundlings at any one time — and they write and perform without pay while collectively serving as the company’s artistic director.”

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We’re All Faking It, Based On Twitter And Facebook

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“What matters to us, awash in petabytes of data, is not necessarily having actually consumed this content firsthand but simply knowing that it exists — and having a position on it, being able to engage in the chatter about it. We come perilously close to performing a pastiche of knowledgeability that is really a new model of know-nothingness.”

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