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DHS privacy office slams RFID technology. That was unexpected.

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In Tape Op magazine, Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee says “all the true hip hop” is in alternative rock ‘n’ roll. As Pitchfork’s Nitsuh Abebe says, he sounds like one of the Velvets now.

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The beginning of Raph’s essay on exceptionalism goes straight over my head, but this paragraph reinforced something I’ve been thinking about user-generated content:

The thing we must not lose sight of here is that content creation is a skill just as much as being a badass game player is, and it’s therefore subject to the same power law sorts of success rates.

[via bbj]

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Obligatory comics post: Fell #5 is out this week. The “backmatter” section includes an amazing essay on Will Eisner‘s attitudes towards creator-ownership, and other topics.

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