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Cultural Commercialization

(11/03/06 11:00am)

Recently, Google acquired the beloved video-sharing website YouTube for $1.65 billion, making the $580 million that Rupert Murdoch shelled out last year for MySpace seem like a paltry sum. Facebook, which is still in the hands of its college-age founder, if sold may be an even larger transaction, with a rumored price tag of $2 billion. (Shame on Yahoo for only offering $900 million). Such hefty figures show that megacompanies have recognized the value of these new repositories of popular culture, and have seized upon the opportunity to incorporate them. While commercialization of pop culture is nothing new, the acquisitions of these websites represents a worrisome trend: the pop culture of the online generation may have become inextricably linked to, and even created by, the corporate world.

Casting an Informed Vote

(11/03/06 11:00am)

With the exception of those future Hill staffers who are actively involved in campaigns and get out the vote efforts, most Dartmouth students appear rather apathetic toward the upcoming election. Activism is a thing of the past, despite the vocal efforts of small progressive groups on campus. That, however, does not excuse Dartmouth students blissfully and ignorantly ensconced in the Dartmouth "bubble." This is a big election -- over 2,800 American soldiers have died in Iraq, North Korea just tested a nuclear weapon and income inequality is reaching levels not seen in the last 50 years. This may be one of the more important votes of our lives. It is not enough, however, to merely vote based on a couple of television commercials -- it is necessary to take the time to do the minimum of research required for an informed vote as well. The Dartmouth Editorial Board, by an 11-1 vote, feels that an informed vote in the Second Congressional District of New Hampshire is a vote for Paul Hodes.

Daily Debriefing

(11/03/06 11:00am) recently added a new feature that allows students to post photographs of faculty on the website along with anonymous ratings. Although the website will not ask faculty's permission to post photographs taken of them, company President Patrick Nagles maintains the company has instituted other mechanisms which will control the quality of posted photographs. Over 1,200 photographs have been posted since the site announced the new service. "Camera phones in the classroom have new meaning," Nagle said.

Trustees to dedicate new facilities, discuss plans

(11/03/06 11:00am)

The Dartmouth Board of Trustees will discuss the College mission statement and plans for new facilities at its Fall term meeting this weekend in Hanover. The meeting, which began Thursday evening and will end Saturday afternoon, will be more brief than usual, as the 18 Board members will also participate in the dedication ceremonies for Kemeny Hall and the Haldeman Center.

Alice Unchained: Jock Talk

(11/03/06 11:00am)

Once upon a time, I was "that girl." You know that girl who I'm referring to -- that girl who thought being girly was for girly-girls? That was me. When I was a kid, I oiled my baseball mitt every night, then I put it under my pillow, said my prayers (to The Bambino) and went to bed. I stored all of my Topps collectors' cards in air-tight plastic sleeves and would never trade a mint condition Bo Jackson for a bent Ken Griffey Jr. in a million years. I played H.O.R.S.E. at recess and wore my unwashed, inside-out, backwards Dennis Rodman jersey to school every day there was a Bulls game. I was hailed by my teammates for making the biggest hockey tape ball in the history of the Gold Mites, and I had a trophy shelf full of glittering bronze. Sports were my life.

Dudes on Parade: The state of me

(11/03/06 11:00am)

I don't know about you guys but I had a rather extraordinary Halloween. I went as a Bitter Senior Dude with strep throat, who stayed in his room, watched (the crappy) "Halloween" sequels, and contemplated the possibility of suicide by cough drop consumption. You wouldn't believe it but almost no one could guess who I was, which surprised me, because I mean... come on... bitter guy with strep throat who doesn't go out? ... duh!

"Why Didn't He Blitz Me?" Our Culture of Seduction

(11/03/06 11:00am)

We cannot deny that seduction is an extremely important tool for communicative species, for reproduction often follows seduction. Every species and culture has a particular mode of seduction. Male butterflies, such as the Monarch butterfly, send out scents when they want to seduce a female butterfly. They also have a complex olfactory warning system that they can use to compete with other males.