What It's Like When Redditors Ban Your Interview About Redditors' Content Bans

Friday, November 01, 2013

So according to this thread, our interview with Clara Jeffreys about redditors banning Mother Jones content keeps getting deleted from /r/ politics.

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#5 - Goodbye, Secret, Invisible Internet

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Up until this fall, there was a secret internet. You probably heard about one part of it, the Silk Road, but that was just one secret website among many. This week, we talk to Gawker's Adrian Chen about the rest of the dark part of the internet, and how it's been damaged by the Silk Road arrests. 

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What It's Like When Redditors Ban Your Website

Thursday, October 31, 2013

UPDATE, 11/4: Mother Jones is unbanned. But just Mother Jones.

/R/ politics is one of Reddit's most popular subreddits, with over three million accounts subscribed. On Monday, its moderators added a bunch of websites to their banned list. The ban means that those sites' work is completely barred from being linked to on /r/ politics. 

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The Long, Strange Afterlife of the Monster Mash

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! It’s the best holiday we’ve got. Zero familial or religious obligations, free candy, and the nighttime air is filled with spooky menace. The only downside is that unlike, say, Christmas, there are less holiday-specific Halloween songs than there ought to be.

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In Defense of Funeral Selfies

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This week, Fast Company writer Jason Feifer started a tumblr called Selfies at Funerals. Feifer’s reposting selfies posted by teens on Twitter or Instagram. It’s probably worth pointing out that, in fact, most of the pictures are actually taken before a funeral or after one. With a couple exceptions, these are pictures of kids in suits or dresses, taking a self portrait, usually in their homes.

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I Accidentally Catfished Someone In Grand Theft Auto Last Night

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I’ve been playing a lot of Grand Theft Auto V online lately. My handle is TheSilverWoman, which is a reference to my co-worker Alex Goldman’s last name. In real life, I’m a boringly normal straight dude. But in GTA, I’m a forty-year old woman. Dark bangs, dark eyes. I don’t wear makeup and I’m not particularly fit. I own one set of clothes plus a monkey mask I wear when I rob convenience stores.

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Do you care if a news website changes a story after publication?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Late last night, when most reasonable people were sleeping, NBC News published a story about how, despite Obama’s promises to the contrary, many people weren’t able to keep their existing health care under Obamacare. Then, NBC News did something unusual. They unpublished the story. About a half an hour later, they published it again, but with a seemingly innocuous paragraph deleted.

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You Partly Read Facebook For the Articles, Even If You Don't Want to Admit It

Monday, October 28, 2013

There’s an old joke - I don’t even know if it qualifies as a joke - about the idea that people claim to read Playboy for the articles. A new Pew study finds that we’re using Facebook for news, but we don’t admit it to ourselves.

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How The US Uses Its Embassies to Intercept Allied Countries’ Phone Calls

Monday, October 28, 2013

On Sunday night, Glenn Greenwald published another revelation about the US spying on an allied European country - Spain, this time. But what you might’ve missed was an explanation of how this is even possible.

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Shed Light on DHS!

Friday, October 25, 2013

As we've discussed here and here on OTM, the Department of Homeland Security has been unresponsive to journalists' questions about policies related to the rights and treatments of American citizens at airports and border ports of entry into the U.S. As former Congressman Lee Hamilton told Brooke, the best way to get answers from DHS is for constituents to put pressure on their elected representatives. And now you can use the tool below to do just that!

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The Most Famous Scream

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's very nearly Halloween. Very spooky. In honor of that dark holiday, we're sharing a classic OTM piece. It's a look at the most famous scream in Hollywood, the Willhelm. (Transcripts are over here, but what kind of monster would listen to a transcript of a piece about screams?) 



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Happy Friday, Folks!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Friday! Here are some thrilling links to help you ride out these last hours of workweek banality. 

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How To Eavesdrop On A Former NSA Chief On A Train

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Former NSA head Michael Hayden took the train today. He spent his time on the phone, giving interviews to reporters in which he asked to be identified only as an anonymous former senior administration official. 

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The Winner of the On the Media Hat Giveaway!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks, we ran a contest where we gave away a hat knitted by our host and managing editor Brooke Gladstone to one randomly selected new subscriber to our weekly newsletter. Here's a picture of one of Brooke's hats being modeled by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad. Doesn't it flatter?!:

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The US Keeps Getting Caught Spying on Allies

Thursday, October 24, 2013

On Monday morning, I wrote that allegations the NSA had intercepted French phone calls weren't actually very important. My logic was that allies spy on each other routinely. When they get caught, there’s a lot of ceremonial outrage and apology that amounts to very little.

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Everyone On Twitter Is Changing Their Name For Halloween

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's silly, but fun.

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On Second Thought, Facebook Would Prefer You Didn't Post Your Beheading Videos

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wait, what? Facebook has once again updated its policy on beheading videos: they’re not allowed.

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Facebook Lifts A Ban On Beheading Videos

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The BBC reports Facebook has lifted a blanket ban on beheading videos the company introduced back in May. 

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