Most Wikipedia contributors are men, but that doesn’t justify the fact that females are so poorly represented on the site; much to many priests’ chagrin, the Roman Catholic Church unwittingly bought part of a building that houses Europe’s largest gay sauna; meanwhile, ZIP codes serve as more than just locating devices as they have come to define identities and divide communities. 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.
Why was Francis Underwood a Democrat?
If you have Netflix and are even vaguely interested in American politics, it is a good bet your nightmares already are, or soon will be, haunted by Francis Underwood.
Cultural Anthropology shifts to Open Access
The American Anthropological Association announced on Monday that it will be converting the journal Cultural Anthropology to an open-access format, accessible free of charge to anyone, as of January 2014. In addition to current material, the new format will also provide a 10-year backlog. Cultural Anthropology is the journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the AAA.
Curia Priests Share Building with Huge Gay Sauna
A day ahead of the papal conclave, faces at the scandal-struck Vatican were even redder than usual after it emerged that the Holy See had purchased a €23 million (£21 million) share of a Rome apartment block that houses Europe’s biggest gay sauna.
The Invention of Jaywalking
It happened again the other night. This time, the driver of a Jaguar traveling down 42nd Street in Manhattan struck another car and lost control, flipping onto the sidewalk and striking several pedestrians.
War On Entitlements
Thomas Edsall’s essay, “The War On Entitlements,” should be required reading for everyone interested in challenging the elite view that has come to govern the present debate about programs like Social Security and Medicare.
The Tyranny of the ZIP Code
Mr. Zip, a gangly cartoonish figure with wide friendly eyes and a neat blue mail carrier’s uniform, emerged fifty years ago to help the U.S. Postal Service promote its newest idea: five numbers added to our addresses to more clearly designate our locations.