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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 512: The Server Rule and Polar Bears on Thin Ice

polar bearimage credit: “Polar Bear on Thin Ice” by Christoper Michel, CC-BY, via flickr.com

Guest: Philip Burrus, Burrus Intellectual Property Law Group

First broadcast Feb 18, 2022.

Playlist at: https://www.wrek.org/2022/02/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-feb-18-2022-the-server-rule-and-polar-bears-on-thin-ice-episode-512/

“Not a get-out-of-jail-free card.”

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Supercontext: Nightcrawler

This psychological thriller about an unethical photojournalist has us asking all kinds of questions. Are we complicit in the horrible narratives of the news? Do supportive families enable creative storytelling? And if the qualities of a villain are synonymous with “success” now, how do we tell the difference between a good guy and a bad guy?

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Supercontext: The State of Comics Journalism

We turn to David Harper (Off Panel, SKTCHD) and Augie De Blieck, Jr. (Pipeline Comics) for expertise on what’s going on in comics news. Are the struggles of this niche industry indicative of something broader going on in our media? Is news a trustworthy advocate that can help us make informed decisions?

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Supercontext: The Fall of Gawker

Last year Peter Thiel secretly funded Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit that destroyed Gawker. Should the wealthy be able to ruin a publication if they don’t like what it has to say? We discuss the new precedent this case set between privacy and Freedom of Speech, all while tumbling down the rabbit hole of trashy media and big money.

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