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5 Recommended Sunday Reads

12 Jun 2010

1. TWITTER IN IRAN: I’ve written about my admiration for the online community that developed around the Iranian election protests, but Golnaz Esfandiari writes about how Twitter in fact may have complicated the situation, and warns against attributing too much importance to the internet.

2. R.I.P. CONTENT: TechCrunch‘s Paul Carr presents an obituary for content, a sad but true commentary on online editorial’s inevitable convergence with advertising; amidst the backdrop of AOL and Yahoo‘s digital media initiatives, journalism struggles to produce original content.

3. THE ‘OBAMA’ BRAND: Joan Walsh suggests the new kind of “pragmatic, content-free, bipartisan Obama appeal” the White House seems intent on protecting is hardly enough, and the fact that the president has been unable to deliver on promises made to his base throws the future of the Democratic Party into jeopardy.

4. DARK SIDE OF PORN: “Hill had hoped to become something more than a life support system for a penis,” writes Susannah Breslin about the death of male porn star Stephen Hill, who last week killed a co-star with a samurai sword before taking his own life. Writing on what seems like a real-life Boogie Nights, the column examines an overlooked story of men in the porn industry.

5. ‘FORGOTTEN’ APPLE FOUNDER: NPR interviews Ron Wayne, who designed Apple’s first logo and wrote three pages of the incorporation document in 1976, but decided to leave the company and his 10 percent stake in it twelve days later. Hear his thoughts 34 years later about departing Apple.

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