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In the News 11.12.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 11.12.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the InternetsIn the News 11.12.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the InternetsIn the News 11.12.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets



1. The System Isn’t Going to Fix Itself—It’s Time for Us to Police the Police

“Lethal force for non-felony offenses? No problem. Illegal use of lethal force on an unarmed man? No problem. Lack of clear and present mortal danger? No problem. It is officially open season and even with a camera in your face recording you killing another human you’re safe from justice.”

Read the rest of this article at Wired



2. The Coming Democratization of Contemporary Art

“There were some significant purchases of contemporary art at Art Basel Miami Beach last week—$5.6 million for a Basquiat painting, $5 million for a John Chamberlain sculpture, $4.5 million for a Warhol portrait of Mao, more than $2 million for a Kazuo Shiraga and $1.8 million for a Mark Bradford—but the really big money wasn’t in town to pick up new wall decorations.”

Read the rest of this article at The Atlantic



3. Grouses Of The Holy

“Page is either the second- or the third-best rock guitarist of all time, depending on how seriously you take Eric Clapton. After a mini-career as a ’60s session musician (he’s an uncredited guitarist on everything from the Who’s “I Can’t Explain” to Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman”), Page invested twenty-five months with the Yardbirds before handpicking the musicians who would become Led Zeppelin. For the next twelve years, he operated as a perpetual riff machine, re-inventing his instrument and recontextualizing the blues; his influence is so vast that many guitarists who copy his style don’t even recognize who they’re unconsciously copying. Equally unrivaled is Page’s skill as a producer, although this is complicated by his curious homogeneity—he produces only his own work. He also operates at his own capricious pace: Once renowned for his coke-fueled, superhuman productivity (he recorded all of the 1976 album Presence in a mere eighteen days), he’s released just five proper studio albums since 1980 (two with The Firm, one with ex-Zep vocalist Robert Plant, another with Plant soundalike David Coverdale, and the 1988 solo effort Outrider). All five would qualify as intriguing disappointments.”

Read the rest of this article at GQ



4. Isis: the inside story

“The jihadist, who uses the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed, entered Camp Bucca as a young man a decade ago, and is now a senior official within Islamic State (Isis) – having risen through its ranks with many of the men who served time alongside him in prison. Like him, the other detainees had been snatched by US soldiers from Iraq’s towns and cities and flown to a place that had already become infamous: a foreboding desert fortress that would shape the legacy of the US presence in Iraq.”

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian



5. Hollywood and Vine

“Nowadays, YouTube is almost alarmingly professional. It has millions of channels devoted to personalities and products, which are often aggregated into ‘verticals’ containing similar content. The most popular videos are filmed by teen-agers and twentysomethings who use Red Epic cameras and three-point lighting to shoot themselves. And the platform’s stars behave in ways that are contingent upon a camera. For instance, they act. One of YouTube’s most visible shows—currently featured in magazine and subway-car ads everywhere—is an action series called ‘Video Game High School’ that would be right at home on MTV.”

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker


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