Supreme Court to Decide Five Landmark Cases, Bono and Celebrity Activism, Protests in Turkey

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Is Silicon Valley Good for the World? | Supreme Court to Decide Five Landmark Cases | Bono and the Polarizing Face of Celebrity Activism | Joss Whedon on His New Film 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Anti-Government Protests Erupt in Turkey

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Turkey in protest. So far, more than seventeen hundred people have been arrested. The protests began over government plans to build a shopping mall on Istanbul's Taksim Park, but they have grown into a more comprehensive rejection of what demonstrators say is the Prime Minister's dictatorial ambitions. 

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Supreme Court to Decide Five Landmark Cases This Month

By the end of this month we could be living in a very different United States. That’s because decisions will be coming down in five landmark cases before the Supreme Court. At stake: affirmative action, voting rights, gene patenting, and same-sex marriage. Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University and President of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, explains the cultural significance of these historic cases.

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Joss Whedon on His New Film 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Joss Whedon is a Hollywood director and writer who has tried his hand at just about every genre from paranormal teen action in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to superhero adventure in “The Avengers” to horror-comedy in “Cabin in the Woods.” He even co-directed a documentary called “Comic-Con: Episode 4.” And of course, he was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing "Toy Story." But his newest movie might be the biggest jump in genres yet. It’s an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

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Interracial Cheerios Commercial Sparks Backlash

A Cheerios commercial depicting a mixed-race family is stirring up controversy this week after responses in the comments section of the YouTube video turned vitriolic. The commercial, depicting a biracial young girl, her white mother and black father, has been viewed on YouTube 1.7 million times. The ad has produced racist backlash and then an even bigger supportive backlash to the backlash. General Mills has suspended the comments section on its website and fully supports the ad which it says will continue to run.

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Is Silicon Valley Good for the World?

In his most recent New Yorker article, George Packer describes Silicon Valley's biggest blind spot: namely, that its wealth and its youthful demographics has given way to a distinct political and social worldview that mimics libertarianism. But however insulated the culture of Silicon Valley, the fast-paced greed of twenty-something, rich, white males, is not necessarily its only legacy. Hamish McKenzie says Silicon Valley can and does change the world for the better by inventing products that have the power to enrich our lives.

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Bono and the Polarizing Face of Celebrity Activism

Is there a more polarizing contemporary rockstar than Bono? For some, the U2 frontman's international relief efforts epitomize what can be accomplished when a celebrity harnesses his fame to tackle global problems. But for others, Bono's self-appointed role as the definitive celebrity activist is a narcissistic venture that does as much harm (if not more harm) than good for the people he purports to be helping.

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