• August 15, 2014

    Anonymous promised to ID the cop who killed unarmed, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last Saturday. Then they outed the wrong man. In response, Twitter silenced @TheAnonMessage, the account that tweeted the false information.

    At a McDonald’s in Ferguson, a SWAT team assaulted and arrested two reporters—Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Posttrying to cover the story of the Brown shooting, then released both without charges or paperwork and without providing the names of the officers involved. Representatives from both news outlets released outraged statements. HuffPost DC bureau chief Ryan Grim writes that Reilly, who has reported from Guantanamo Bay, said the police treated McDonald’s patrons as “enemy combatants”: “Police militarization has been among the most consequential and unnoticed developments of our time, and it is now beginning to affect press freedom.”

    At the LRB, Nicholas Blincoe on the Palestinian Authority: “Today, Palestinians in the Diaspora run protests, organise boycotts, publish blogs and journals but do so without maintaining a connection to the leadership under occupation. It is a process of give and take, of course, and the leadership needs to recognise the disaffection of the Diaspora. But for all the energy, intelligence and creativity shown by Palestinians living outside the 1948 borders, if there is no connection to the leadership under occupation, they remain far from the real Palestine.”

    The Onion posts the whole of Moby Dick: “The Time I Spent On A Commercial Whaling Ship Totally Changed My Perspective On The World.”

    The Oxford dictionary adds some new words. “We don’t mean to humblebrag,” they say, “but the August update to OxfordDictionaries.com is bare good and nailed on to interest and impress you.” Notable words include “sentiment analysis,” “neckbeard,” and “mansplain,” which they dictionarysplain like so: “(Of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.”

    Chris Adrian—named one of the New Yorker’s “20 under 40”—has released a digital novel about memory and grief called The New Worldon Atavist. It’s the fifth book Atavist has published

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