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The Internet is Exploding: 10 Must-Read Articles This Week

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The internet is a crazy place. Highlights from this week: A noose was found at the Met Opera, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot, Knight Landesman resigned from Art Forum and Jerry Saltz made a timeline of the whole scandal, and Mayor Pugh’s Safe Art Space Task Force has done nothing besides suggesting the need for another task force.

Here are 10 must-read articles from this week.

1. New York Post: Noose found inside Met opera locker room
The police are currently investigating it as a hate crime. I have a lot of thoughts on it that I’m working on writing down. Stay tuned.  

2. The Nation: Confronting the Legacy of the Civil War: The Forgotten Front

The Civil War, while largely based in the South, did not just affect black slaves, but also Native Americans. It is time that we, as a nation, confront the past.

3. NPR: First Listen: Shamir, ‘Revelations’

Shamir released “Revelations” and you should listen to it.

4. The Atlantic: Joan Didion Doesn’t Owe the World Anything

Netflix released a new documentary on Joan Didion, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (if you have not watched it please do!). In reviewing the film, Megan Garber’s analysis becomes a meditation on a meditation.

5. ArtNews: ArtForum Publisher Knight Landesman Resigns Amid Reports of Sexual Misconduct

It’s about time that men in power are held accountable for their actions.

6. Facebook: Jerry Saltz’s Timeline of Artforum events

Jerry Saltz made a timeline of the story. Here is more information on Michelle Kuo’s resignation.

7. Hyperallergic: Curator Nato Thompson on Politics and the State of Social Practice Art

In an interview by Hyperallergic’s editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian, Nato Thompson reflects on the past decade of Social Practice Art, and what it might signify about the future.

8. Dazed: Sophia the Robot has become the first humanoid citizen

Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a ROBOT!

9. City Paper: In Hibernation What happened to the Mayor’s Safe Art Space Task Force and how is the DIY scene carrying on?

In its final days, this City Paper is going out with a BANG! What will we do without it?!?

10. The Cut: All Consuming Women

Amid allegations against Harvey Weinstein, it is important to remember that the same powerful men that privately treat women as disposable goods also commodify and profit from their images publicly.

Honorable Mention:

The Outline: When “Stan” Became a Verb

The history of Stans, the most dedicated fans of celebrities (and usually twitter).

The Guardian: Women accusing Trump of sexual harassment are lying, says White House

The White House’s official position on women accusing Trump of sexual harassment is that all the women are lying… I wish I could say that I am surprised.

*All images taken from reference articles*

Have a suggestion for next week? Email afoehmke@bmoreart.com with the subject line “The Internet is Exploding.”

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