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MASS APPEAL PRESENTS: WATCH X WITNESS

October 7 |

For the first episode of this new series, Mass Appeal hooked up with Jason Goldwatch and 13thWitness two geniuses behind a lens. The two photographers embarked on a road trip through Detroit. The city is the largest in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy and as a result many buildings have become abandoned and is a prevalent site of urban decay. Read More

“WAR ON ERROR” ARMY MEN ERASERS

July 6 |

The Mustard creative squad (known for designing all sorts of quirky products and novelty items) is at it again with a brilliant play on political words and figures. Presenting the War on Error army men erasersa funky remake of the popular plastic army toys that have been popular for ages.

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MIDDLE-AGED GRAFFITI ARTIST “VAMP” GETS SENTENCED

June 19 |

It’s a sad day for the rebels. One of London’s most uncommonly prolific graffiti writers was just sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Kristian Holmes, whom authorities identify as VAMP had the book thrown at him recently as an English courtroom found him guilty on 39 counts of criminal damage. What’s heavier is that Holmes is actually a family man with two kids and a professional surveyor that made $93K a year prior to being indicted. Guess you really can’t judge a book by its pieces. Nuts!

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WALLS OF FREEDOM CAMPAIGN

June 11 |

More than a two years after its initial presence on the global media stage, Egypt’s revolution continues to echo and resonate around the world. Though mostly the physical uprising made its way into headlines and social media, there were also many artists whose contemporary intellectual and sociopolitical work continued to fuel and ignite change behind the scenes. Walls of Freedom is a project dedicated to exploring the broader context of the revolution and showcasing the work of 50 photographers 30 artists and 20 authors in a full color 240 page hardcover book format. Supporters wishing to snag their own copy of revolutionary history can help fund the project by logging on to their Indiegogo page and donating to the project.

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FOR OR AGAINST NYC’S CITIBIKE SHARE?

May 29 |

The popular bicycle sharing system used in cities in Europe, Asia, and North and South America that rents bikes to individuals on a short term basis has arrived to the New York City boroughs of Manhattan & Brooklyn. Citi Bike is a privately owned public bicycle sharing system that began 24/7 operation on Memorial Day with 6,000 bikes in over 300 different docking stations. It’s the largest system of its kind in the United States.

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NEW YORK CITY ANNOUNCES NEW SOCCER TEAM

May 24 |

Major League Soccer recently announced a partnership between Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees to bring the league its 20th franchise, New York City FC. Manchester City FC will own the majority of the team while The Yankees own the rest. The team will start playing in 2015 and will be the first MLS team to play within the 5 boroughs. A 20,000+ seat stadium currently being planned for construction in Queens’ Flushing Meadows Park with a tentative plan to play in Yankee Stadium while the project is completed. Mayor Bloomberg has already thrown his support behind the plan saying that Flushing Meadows Park is “the best place for it for everybody.”

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2013 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT’S DINNER

April 29 |

Alist celebrities, journalists and top government officials graced Washington D.C. for this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The glamorous evening took place this past Saturday and brought out everyone from Newt Gingrich and Conan O’Brien, to John Legend and Steven Spielberg. American President Barack Obama was on fire with jokes and political commentary that rivaled only a few of the comedic attendees. What an interesting display of government and Hollywood.

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THE NEW YORK KNICKS AND THE CURSE OF MAYOR MIKE

April 20 |

With the New York Knicks in this year’s NBA Playoffs a large portion of the Big Apple (all of them sports fans) is ecstatic about the opportunity. You see, it’s been a long time since the nation’s most abundant metropolis has staked its claim in basketball fame past the first round of action. Of course, folks can point out tons of reasons behind the lackluster performance of psst yearsinjuries, distractions, lack of moral support, politics even! Here’s what New York Citybased writer and new República recruit, F. Garcia has to say about some mayoralaffiliated reasons for New York’s recent basketball run.

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UNDERSTANDING THE BITCOIN

April 10 |

With the global economy destabilizing and collapsing all over the place some digital engineers thought it’d be wise to create a digital form of currency that didn’t rely so much on the faulty politics (and printing) of governments. The result is the Bitcoin, a form of algorithmbased currency that can be mined and exchanged digitally across The Internet. Sound too SciFi to be true? Well just watch the following video and judge for yourself. Perhaps the future has indeed arrived…

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ANTI-DRONE STEALTH FASHION

April 10 |

Designer Adam Harvey is a bit of a buttonpusher, if you will. His work isn’t the kind of stuff you’ll find peddled on New York City’s 5th Avenue or showcased down the Milan catwalk per se. No, it’s much more political than that. You see, Harvey’s most recent set of attire is truly set on functionality and survival. He’s designed a series of antidrone capes meant to keep wearers safe from the heatseeking technology that drone planes use to remotely target their victims. The antidrone wear, as he calls it, is made up of lightweight, flexible materialized fibers that reflect heat. Interested parties can check out the inspiration behind the work and more information about its most recent London exhibition here.

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