Links Round-Up: The Tea Party & the Media; Twitter's Performance Culture
A few stories from over the weekend that raise decades-old questions about the connection between media and violence as well as the role that media play in the construction of social identity.
--WPost leads its Sunday edition with a feature alleging a spike in visits to Colonial Williamsburg from Tea Party sympathizers. One enthusiast asks the role-playing George Washington: "General, when is it appropriate to resort to arms to fight for our liberty?"
--The Post's Dan Milbank, relying heavily on releases from Media Matters for America, draws a correlation between several recent arrests for violence and the rhetoric of Glenn Beck.
--At the NY Times Sunday magazine, Peggy Orenstein offers a revealing essay on how Twitter is shaping in the words of Erving Goffmann the presentation of ourselves. Orenstein turns to MIT's Sherry Turkle for insight.
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- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
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- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
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