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Privacy concerns make facebook the new bad guy

There was, for a time, a pretty clear moral hierarchy in the tech sector. Microsoft was the evil overlord, Apple the virtuous underling.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 26, 2010

Lee’s Store and Bakery

Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010

Facebook fracas

Clinton Hart has one too many friends; plus, a pack of ’Dawgs starts chasing the Ducks
Sooner or later, Facebook had to figure into the sports-crime scene. There are at least two cases now of pro football players getting arrested for assault in fights resulting from their wives looking at their Facebook friends lists.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 05, 2010

Review: Life 2.0

A disturbing deconstruction of 21st-century culture
Jason Spingarn-Koff’s unsettling film explores the online game Second Life, in which players create avatars to live in a virtual world.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 14, 2010

The Big Hurt: Lightfoot lives!

Plus Weezy tweets and Mayer backpedals
Last week, the world was gripped in the terror of a GORDON LIGHTFOOT death scare when a realistic-looking Twitter obit was picked up by several Canadian papers.
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 02, 2010

Going for 'Distance'

From the Dumpster to the Gallery
To get an idea of the remarkable sprawl of supplies, clutter, and chaos involved in SPACE Gallery's forthcoming exhibit by Swoon and guest collaborators, "Distance Don't Matter," there are two good places to look: the gallery itself, and SPACE Executive Director Nat May's Facebook page.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 14, 2009

Hacking into pie

John Duksta's latest bit of high-tech wizardry — a machine that would aid in the creation of circuit boards — fell a bit short.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 09, 2009

Hammer swings through Harvard

Ad lib department
When he was known as MC Hammer, the man born Stanley Burrell famously sold consumers Rick James samples and parachute pants.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 04, 2009

Wandering stars

Humanwine's mysterious substance
The line between art and entertainment gets thicker and darker every time someone opens a Facebook account. Most of us music types are entertainers, because entertainers just want attention.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 24, 2009

The Big Hurt: Jacko solvent! Boyle swelling! Lupus dissed!

MJ's ranch, Hoppus and Wentz on Twitter, and Susan Boyle
If you had your heart set on picking up a gently used chimp tuxedo or a suspicious child skeleton, you're outta luck
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 28, 2009

Keepin' it real . . . sort of

Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 24–May 10) includes a handful of shows that focus on computer-simulated environments, both real and imaginary.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 15, 2009

Fabulous fakes

Author confronts his Facebook impersonator and reviews her exhibit
The e-mail from "Craig Cook" arrived on March 2. It directed me to a Facebook page pretending to be Greg Cook's, and a YouTube video. I was busy, so I watched only the beginning of the latter.
By GREG COOK  |  April 13, 2009

Earth Hour

City will participate — what will you be doing?
At 8:30 pm this Saturday, the world will go dark. Or so we hope.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009

Unveiling the new (old) Planned Parenthood

Rebranding the Branded
Planned Parenthood wants abortions for everyone! Well, not exactly.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009

Digital language at the PRC

"Syntax," at Boston University's Photographic Resource Center
How important would you say Ansel Adams is to the modern trends of digital art? If your first inclination is to answer, "Not at all," you're probably right.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 11, 2009


Field Notes: Observations and stories about sex and dating in the 21st century
I'm obsessed with talking about sex and dating. You're obsessed with it too, whether you like to admit it or not.
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  March 04, 2009

Live Blogging the Oscars 2009

Follow the Academy Awards in real time with our #Oscars Twitter feed and talk back live!
The Boston Phoenix's Chris Faraone and Sara Faith Alterman go blow-for-blow -- and shot for shot -- as the 2009 Academy Awards unfold live. Plus, follow real-time feedback from fellow viewers on our live #Oscars Twitter feed!  

In your Facebook

Facebook is already giving away personal information. And at least one data-miner is nervous.
Facebook users have been notably vocal about their privacy concerns, and last week's blow-up over the change in the site's contract produced an outpouring of suspicion, recrimination, and protest.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 25, 2009

Lily Allen | It's Not Me, It's You

Capitol (2009)
On her 2007 debut, this young British MySpace sensation came across like that rare thing — a natural.
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 09, 2009

A fusillade of tweets ring in the new year in RI

New Media
The feed is like a collective stream of consciousness, served up in tidbits of 140 characters or less (this sentence, for perspective, is 100).
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 04, 2009

The kult of Al Kaprielian

Not at all like the smooth-talking meteorologists on the air in Boston, Kaprielian looks more like an eighth-grade science teacher as he springs to life.
It's the coldest day of the winter so far and Al Kaprielian is excited.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 06, 2009

Short and bitter words of love

Six Little Words
People sum up grand concepts, thoughts, and plans in six words or fewer every day — in Facebook status updates, text messages, text-message novels , iPhone or Blackberry e-mails, Twitter posts, or analog Post-Its.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  February 02, 2009

Are you a retrosexual?

Facebook's latest erotic application
A few months back, one of my best friends from high school slept with the guy to whom, years earlier, she had lost her virginity.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 22, 2009


Reconnecting can be fraught with peril
Some people really enjoy the potential of reconnecting with folks from the past, and I'm usually one of them.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 21, 2009

Battle stars

  January 23, 2009
Has the Phoenix lost its collective mind?
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 21, 2009

Novel idea: Twitter fiction

Post-modernism, post by 140-character post
Inauspiciously, Tom Scharpling began his Twitter novel with a typo.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009

All a-Twitter

Seven microblogging books worth scrolling upward for
Seven microblogging books worth scrolling upward for
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009

You say what?!

On American campuses, Esperanto is an extracurricular language
When Professor Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof created the language called Esperanto in late-19th-century Poland, he envisioned a world unified under a lingua franca.
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  January 09, 2009

Clicking is caring

Facebook becomes an Israeli-Palestinian 'battleground'
The war in Israel and Gaza has quickly expanded to Facebook, where backers of both camps are using many of the social networking site's features to voice their opinions in graphic and sometimes absurd ways.
By PETER PIATETSKY  |  January 12, 2009

The Year of the Nerd

Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 24, 2008

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