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Ever Heard of Mipsters, #Mipsterz or Muslim Hipsters?

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Posted on Jan 22, 2014

A group of young Muslim women tries to destigmatize head coverings; The Economist is under attack for a cartoon some see as anti-Semitic; meanwhile, a Time magazine cover portrayal of Hillary Clinton has sparked a wave of online outrage. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Mipsterz: A Definitive Guide to Muslim Hipsters
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Can You Bank On Making Movies Destined For The Oscars?
Two researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have looked into “Oscar baiting,” making films that are reliable picks for Oscar nods.

Amid Increasing Persecution of Gays in Africa, Kenyan Author Comes Out
Binyavanga Wainaina has a hangover. Last night friends gathered for his birthday party, which turned into a coming out party, because Wainaina, one of Africa’s most powerful modern literary voices, had just published an article entitled, “I am a homosexual, Mum.”

Mannequins All Over the World Are Starting to Look More Like Us
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Israel lobby has Economist on the Run
The Economist has found itself at the centre of another of those “anti-semitic cartoon” rows.

Scale, Evolution and Emergence in Food Systems
Food systems are, in a basic sense, as old as life itself: an ecosystem, however small, is ultimately a food system, as Fritof Capra has observed (Capra 2005:34).

It’s Not Too Late to Make San Francisco Affordable Again. Here’s How
San Francisco is in the midst of an affordability crisis.

What Happens When Poor People Get Cash? An Empirical Study
Remarkably important article in Saturday’s New York Times, by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, “What Happens When the Poor Receive a Stipend?”

Controversial Hillary Cover of TIME Illuminates Sexism in the Media
There has been a loud and vocal online reaction over the TIME Magazine cover on Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential run.

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