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Mushrooming Multimedia Company Wants To Be The Russian ‘New Yorker’ (Despite Its Insane Name)

“Yegor Mostovshikov is under no illusions about the names he and his co-founder chose for their media company, Mamikhlapinatana, and their main online news platform, Batenka, da vy transformer. Neither make any sense to the uninitiated, whether they speak Russian or English. … [Nevertheless,] over the last year, Mamikhlapinatana‘s monthly turnover more than doubled and it has grown from a side project, which Mostovshikov and co-founder Anton Yarosh ran in their spare time, to employing over 40 permanent staff.”

A Paradox: Art Has Become More Political And Anti-Racist In As White Supremacy Flexes Its Power

You only need to look at Pittsburgh’s art, and the murders of Jewish worshippers at a synagogue there, to see the contradictions. “It is the best of times and it is the worst of times. A time in which the ‘whitelash’ to multiculturalism is becoming increasingly violent. But also a period in which art and culture present a more inclusive alternative to the executive orders emerging from the White House.”

A Paradox: Art Has Become More Political And Anti-Racist In As White Supremacy Flexes Its Power

You only need to look at Pittsburgh’s art, and the murders of Jewish worshippers at a synagogue there, to see the contradictions. “It is the best of times and it is the worst of times. A time in which the ‘whitelash’ to multiculturalism is becoming increasingly violent. But also a period in which art and culture present a more inclusive alternative to the executive orders emerging from the White House.”

What’s Unacceptable Audience Behavior? People Have Been Fighting About That For Centuries

“[The larger issue is] what happens when a large number of people are concentrated together in a public space and have different ideas of how we should all behave. … We see these moral panics in other crowded spaces, too.” And sometimes the policing of behavior scares away the very communities that arts organizarions are trying to reach out to. Lyn Gardner meets Kirsty Sedgman, author of The Reasonable Audience: Theatre Etiquette, Behaviour Policing and the Live Performance Experience.

After Censorship Outcry, DC Arts Funder Backs Off Prohibition Of ‘Offensive’ Art

“On Monday, the city’s arts agency added sweeping language to already approved grants requiring that artists and arts organizations avoid producing work that could be considered lewd, vulgar or political or be at risk of losing their funds. The arts community protested, saying the amended contract infringed on their First Amendment rights. The [D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities] capitulated.”

Where The Creative Class Lives (Not Just In Cities)

Almost 90 percent of the class’s members, or 24 million workers, live in urban counties, with more than 60 percent of them in urban counties in large metropolitan areas with over 1 million people. Just a bit more than one in 10 members of the creative class live in rural communities. But these broad trends mask more nuanced patterns in the distribution of the creative class across urban and rural communities.

Study: Warnings Are Just As Effective At Dissuading Digital Piracy As Threats Of Fines

Regarding warning messages, researchers evaluated them to be sure they could be understood with a literacy level of 5th grade or lower. They initially hypothesized that the threat of fines alone was most likely to scare off illegal downloaders. But they were surprised to find that people are equally leery of being monitored by unknown entities — and pairing the repercussions proved most effective.