Open thread for 94-848/79-298: Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal

I’m taking a break from my vacation in the stunning mountains of Montana to talk to a class at Carnegie Mellon being taught by my awesome major advisor, Jay Aronson. I’ll be updating this post with references to the links I bring up in the conversation, so class participants and refer back to it. Any […]

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McSweeny’s Does Sound of Music FanFiction, Quite Well In Fact

If you haven’t hung out on McSweeny’s you are missing a wonderful, occasionally surreal, experience. Recently a superhero of my acquaintance posted this piece of Sound of Music fanfiction from that site, titled “I Regret To Inform You That My Wedding To Captain Von Trapp Has Been Canceled.” If this is your sort of thing, you may also like this […]

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2 Fairy Tale Parodies to Accompany Disney’s New Foray into the Public Domain

Disney is doing Wizard of Oz (or, Oz the Great and Powerful), which it is totally cool to do under copyright because the Baum books were published pre-1923 and are thus in the United States public domain. It’s just a little frustrating because Disney has made a habit of profiting from the public domain and then […]

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