The once mobile only app Instagram announced this week that it will be making Instagram feeds open to the web. In combination with the highly contested changes to its terms of service, this is yet another sign of the direction Instagram headed in under Facebook's reign. Co-founder Kevin Systrom insists that the applications is still primarily about “producing photos on the go, in the real world, in realtime,” making photo uploads unavailable online.
Even the world of politics is not safe from awards ceremonies. Although Oscars and Academy Awards are handed out to exemplary films of the year, where is the red carpet for political consultants? Well, over at Campaigns and Elections magazine they've got election season covered. Handing out 96 awards this week to consultancy firms for excellence in campaigning. Campaigning, Media and PR firms like Wright Strategies LLC and The Mellman Group took home the gold in categories like, "Best Use of Mobile Technology" and "Best Public Affairs Campaign."
A new debate has been started surrounding gerrymandering, especially in states like Wisconsin and others where partisan controlled redistricting committees are drawing the lines for congressional districts. "In the November congressional races, for example, Republicans won five of Wisconsin's eight seats. But overall, they captured fewer votes than Democrats. Republican congressional candidates received 48.9% of the vote statewide while Democrats received 50.4%, according to statistics compiled by the state Government Accountability Board." Perhaps leaving the foxes to guard the chicken coop isn't the smartest idea.
Rolling Stone's contributing editor, Matt Taibbi, conducted an AMA on Reddit Thursday, where fans and critics alike submitted questions like, 'How did you not die while you were in Russia?' and 'Did you ever write a piece with a parenthetical about Battlestar Galactica?'
As more an more talk of gun regulation continues to surface, many citizens are raising second amendment concerns. Democrats in California proposed some substantial changes to state gun laws. The 10 proposed bills would enact a menagerie of new gun regulations: banning semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, requiring a permit to purchase ammunition, as well as a host of other restrictions. "The 10-bill package constitutes the single largest gun control push in decades in the Golden State, which already boasts some of the nation's strictest gun laws." Gun-rights advocacy groups are spurring opposition to the proposed laws, however they will need to appeal primarily to Democrats since they hold a super majority in the state legislature.
The Onion tends to find unique and somewhat disturbing ways to take real news and satirize it to great effect. The article references the Department of Justice's 'White Paper' that was released earlier this week when NBC News published the non-classified document online. Dangerous precedent was outlined in the memo, which the Onion capitalizes on in their lampoon of what seems like very realistic caricature of the public's reaction. Not too far off from what a real American might say of the bill, the Onion writes, "On the one hand, I get it—it’s important for the government to be able to murder me and any of my friends or family members whenever they please for reputed national security reasons. But on the other hand, it would kind of be nice to stay alive and have, maybe, a trial, actual evidence—stuff like that...”