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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
PopMatters and Titan Books are publishing an updated edition to the Joss Whedon Complete Companion

Whedonites, rejoice! With the ever-prolific Joss Whedon’s recent and upcoming works in mind, Titan Publishing has approached PopMatters about doing an updated edition to Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion.


We’re looking for fresh essays on Much Ado About Nothing, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers and update on The Cabin in the Woods, and anything else Whedon you feel would be of interest to Whedon fans.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
Check out the latest video from songwriter Chris Smither, "Link of Chain", which features Rusty Belle providing some lovely backup vocals.

Folk singer/songwriter Chris Smither is up to his bluesy ways again with his latest music video, “Link of Chain”, taken from his recently-released, two-disc retrospective album Still on the Levee. The song features Rusty Belle on backup vocals, adding another dimension of smooth to Smither’s legendary blues chops.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
So it turns out that Facebook has been emotionally manipulating users as part of a scientific experiment. And it's partly our fault.
Above: Suspecting emoticon from Shutterstock.com.


At the end of June, several news outlets ran the story that Facebook, the social networking giant which now commands about $2.91 billion in profits, ran a bizarre—and probably unethical—experiment on hundreds of thousands of its users back in 2012. According to reports, the company manipulated the newsfeed of 689,003 users with a view to provoking shifts in psychological and emotional dispositions.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
Check out the latest music video from folk troubadour Mary Gauthier, the tender "Oh Soul".

Americana troubadour Mary Gauthier has released a new video from her recently released album, Trouble & Love. The song, “Oh Soul”, is wonderfully complemented by photographs from the reputed photographer Jack Spencer, which are hung on string as Gauthier plays a heartfelt lamentation on her guitar.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
In her latest video, Katie Herzig shows those true humor-soaked colors whilst sporting her true school colors.

Despite the fact that her music is filled with deeply contemplative themes, Katie Herzig has a sneakily humorous side, as well. One view of her “Hey Na Na” video proves that, flat out. But, if further evidence is needed, her latest video for “Drug” should dispel any remaining doubts.


In it, Herzig shows those true humor-soaked colors whilst sporting her true school colors. The piece takes place in a high school gymnasium during a PE class. The “students” are played by Herzig, her bandmates, a few friends, and a handful of dancers. Herzig explains that she had the initial concept and director Joel Kling helped her flesh it out: “It really just started with the idea that I wanted to do a video with my whole band because I’ve only done them with just me or maybe one other person in it. I think the idea of my drummer Billy [Brimblecom] being a PE teacher teaching us ‘students’ how to dance was the first idea. It helped knowing I had a band of very talented and hilarious people.”


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