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How to Tweet forever!

Idiot Box
... Even after you're dead.
By MATT BORS  |  March 08, 2013

You Are Not Alone: The fight for electronic privacy reaches Beacon Hill

Your tinfoil-hat fears about Big Brother might be justified.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2013

Boyfriend Maker 101: We have met the boyfriend, and he is us

Laser Orgy
Two weeks ago, references to an iOS game called Boyfriend Maker began flooding my Twitter feed.
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 06, 2012

You're famous. Now what?

Look Here! C'mon, Really!
If you missed last Friday's discussion on "microfame," or if you've ever felt that strange compulsion to get the hell off Facebook, listen up.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 21, 2012

The Nine Commandments of Covering Anonymous

Fawkes news
The first time that I heard about Anonymous was four years ago. I was then a rookie writer at the Phoenix, and our receptionist patched through a cold call from a self-described unmasked hacker named Gregg Housh.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 31, 2012

It's an online world now

Press Releases
The Portland Press Herald editorial crew needs some lessons on online communication and Internet copyright law.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 22, 2012

The new Netroots

Activism 2.0
The netroots story — lefty bloggers storming the barricades — can seem, well, so 2006. Little wonder, then, that this year's Netroots Nation conference in Providence didn't receive much national press.
By  |  June 13, 2012
Review: Diablo 3

Review: Diablo 3

Always on
Where is your copy of Diablo 3 ? It's not on your computer. It never will be. It is in the cloud, with all its virtual spoils streaming live over the Internet.
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 03, 2012

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

He’s not there to make friends
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.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 04, 2012

For Cherie King, paid employment doesn't bring shelter

The working homeless
According to a 2011 survey by the US Department of Mayors, Boston's homelessness rate is in moderate decline. Still, the plight of the working, struggling people on the street remains a real one.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 07, 2012
TJI: Mass Pirate Party Conference

Putting the 'Arrrr' in DRM

Booty Call
Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the 2012 elections, November 6 will be Vote Like a Pirate Day — if you happened to have joined a growing number of hackers and Internet activists and registered as a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party (MAPP).
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 07, 2012
ProjectX movie

Review: Project X

Done before and better
When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's , you know a film has problems.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 01, 2012

Tanja Hollander takes Facebook to the PMA

Friend quest
If you've been buzzing about "Are You Really My Friend?" the new installation of Facebook-inspired portraits by local photographer and Bakery Photo Collective founder Tanja Alexia Hollander, you're not alone.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 08, 2012

The battle over internet piracy

Rhode Island's congresional delegation splits over the issue burning up the netroots
The Internet is angry. Perhaps you've heard.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 18, 2012

White House pans SOPA

Online Freedom
Maine's congressional delegation appears to be in a holding pattern while attempting to form positions on two bills that address widespread copyright and trademark violations via the Internet.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 18, 2012
Winter Games: Preview

The games of winter

Sci-fi, fantasy, and Sony's new handheld
Despite a quiet January, this winter gives gamers much to look forward to: long-awaited sequels, promising original franchises, and even a new handheld system.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 27, 2011
Top 20 Memes: 2011

Top 20 memes of 2011

An alphabetical, scientifically accurate list of the year's most pervasive memes
An alphabetical, scientifically accurate list of the year's most pervasive memes.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 28, 2011
Memes: Success

Meme forecast for 2012

What pianos will the cats of the future play for us?
When evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in 1976 — meaning "a piece of thought copied from person to person" — he probably didn't realize that, in time, the word would come to be synonymous with cat macros, various advice animals, and Rebecca Black.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011

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Old-media corporate giants seek censorship through a web-based blacklist. Plus, #occupy brutality, and D.C. deadlock.
The dinosaurs of the entertainment world ( i.e. , Hollywood movie studios and national music companies) have joined with the Business Software Alliance (which represents tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, and Intel) to sponsor an insidious piece of legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
By EDITORIAL  |  November 22, 2011

By  |  January 01, 0001 arrives with a thud

As the ProJo Turns
The Providence Journal 's much anticipated new web site, , made an underwhelming debut this week.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 19, 2011

The Providence Journal makes its move

As The ProJo Turns
The Providence Journal , in a wraparound on the front section of its September 13 issue, announced in bold print: WE'RE CHANGING.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 14, 2011

FairPoint layoffs were always part of the plan

We Told You So Dept.
While FairPoint executives are saying that the 400 layoffs the company announced last week are related to "workload" and "competition," they're hoping everyone forgot that their business model — especially in northern New England — requires regular downsizing to have a prayer at success.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 14, 2011

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Review: Life in a day

Amateur filmmakers submit snippets of their lives
Sometimes it seems like universal access to video and the Internet has resulted in just a lot of amateur porn and wearying narcissism.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2011

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Netroots Nation eyes Providence (again)

Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive bloggers, has become a sort of whistle stop on the lefty campaign calendar.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 01, 2011

Washington gets serious about cybersecurity

With Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, Democrats in control of the Senate, and both parties focusing on next year's election, there's a whole lot of nothing happening in Washington right now.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 25, 2011

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