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Posted on Aug 14, 2011

Youth-led revolts are shaking up the world; Shepard Fairey gets beaten up in Copenhagen; and people use social media to clean up London after the riots. These discoveries and more, below.

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By hbooo, August 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment
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Is anybody surprised by this act of violence. Fairey is a mere visitor to this town but still acts like he wants to be some ambassador of peace. PLEASE!! Get off your high horse fairey. What is really disgusting is how he tries to play like he isnt doing this for the money, as if he were some altruistic anti-capitalist acting out of selflessness and thats why he didnt put the words OBEY on this particular mural. As if we didnt see the huge ANDRE THE GIANT stencil in the middle of the mural/advertisement. SUCKA PLEASE.

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