As the Christchurch massacre trial begins, New Zealand news orgs vow to keep white supremacist ideology out of their coverage


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As the trial of the man accused of the Christchurch mosque massacres began a few hours ago, New Zealand’s major media organizations had a plan. They will refuse to run coverage in which the accused and his supporters champion white supremacist or terrorist ideology. They won’t cover, broadcast, or print messages, “imagery, symbols, or signals (including hand signals)” made by the accused or his supporters during the trial. They also won’t cover the shooter’s manifesto, a document that made its way around the Internet following the March shooting in which 51 people were killed and which has since been banned in New Zealand. The shooter, who livestreamed the massacre on Facebook, faces 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder, and one terrorism charge. (In a move some found surprising, he pled not guilty to all charges today, which means a lengthy trial is now set to begin in
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Welcome Aboard the Anti-HuffPo Bandwagon; Took You Long Enough!


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Visiting HuffPo is, simply, an icky experience -- like visiting pre-Disney Times Square. As I type this, HuffPo is hyping "stories." Meanwhile, if you actually come to the site for some of its "serious" aggregated content, and then click through to the original source, you get to feel dirty and used (and complicit) in a whole different way.


Egyptian Activists Understood Key to Social Media: It’s the ‘Social’


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She doesn't have some new sentiment-analysis app. She doesn't consult on finding influencers. She doesn't claim to know the secrets of viral earned media. And I'm pretty sure she isn't on a panel at SXSW. All she's done is put her life, and the future of her country, in the hands of the internet. Mona Seif is a democracy protester in Cairo.


Welcome Aboard the Anti-HuffPo Bandwagon; Took You Long Enough!


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Visiting HuffPo is, simply, an icky experience -- like visiting pre-Disney Times Square. As I type this, HuffPo is hyping "stories." Meanwhile, if you actually come to the site for some of its "serious" aggregated content, and then click through to the original source, you get to feel dirty and used (and complicit) in a whole different way.


Egyptian Activists Understood Key to Social Media: It’s the ‘Social’


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She doesn't have some new sentiment-analysis app. She doesn't consult on finding influencers. She doesn't claim to know the secrets of viral earned media. And I'm pretty sure she isn't on a panel at SXSW. All she's done is put her life, and the future of her country, in the hands of the internet. Mona Seif is a democracy protester in Cairo.


And the Award for Making Us Care About Stupid Awards Shows Again Goes to … Twitter!


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Figuring out what's a trend vs. a subtrend on Twitter isn't easy. Especially in a week like this one. Take the Grammys, for instance. No surprise that the show tops our Top 10 Trending Topics on Twitter chart. But two pop stars who appeared on the show -- Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber -- had lots going on this week besides, respectively, arriving on the Grammy stage in a giant egg and engaging in a weird, sweaty little pas de deux with Usher.


And the Award for Making Us Care About Stupid Awards Shows Again Goes to … Twitter!


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Figuring out what's a trend vs. a subtrend on Twitter isn't easy. Especially in a week like this one. Take the Grammys, for instance. No surprise that the show tops our Top 10 Trending Topics on Twitter chart. But two pop stars who appeared on the show -- Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber -- had lots going on this week besides, respectively, arriving on the Grammy stage in a giant egg and engaging in a weird, sweaty little pas de deux with Usher.


Why ‘American Idol’ Reminds Us a Little of ‘Survivor’


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In reinventing one of the biggest media brands on the planet -- a process rare enough to be watched closely by Ad Age -- "Idol's" producers are dialing up the drama by throwing the contestants more curve balls. The result: a show tipped further away from talent competition and more firmly toward the reality genre -- that is to say, forcing unreal situations on the would-be Idols.


Deep Dives Into Scientology, Behind the HuffPo-AOL Marriage and Talks With Shady SEO Experts


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If you ask this thetan, there's little better investigative fodder than the Church of Scientology's relationship with Hollywood, a link that has bestowed enormous awareness and maybe even a little credibility to a group that numbers, by one count, far fewer than that of Rastas -- and they have drugs! In this week's New Yorker, Lawrence Wright, the great chronicler of Al-Qaeda, shifts his gaze to a different group of, um, true believers as he narrates Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis' public split with Scientology.


Deep Dives Into Scientology, Behind the HuffPo-AOL Marriage and Talks With Shady SEO Experts


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If you ask this thetan, there's little better investigative fodder than the Church of Scientology's relationship with Hollywood, a link that has bestowed enormous awareness and maybe even a little credibility to a group that numbers, by one count, far fewer than that of Rastas -- and they have drugs! In this week's New Yorker, Lawrence Wright, the great chronicler of Al-Qaeda, shifts his gaze to a different group of, um, true believers as he narrates Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis' public split with Scientology.


The Week’s Most Famous Nonfamous Person (Whose Life Has Been Threatened by 11-Year-Old Girls) Is …


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On Twitter, 15 minutes can last for days. Consider the strange case of Esperanza Spalding, the (formerly) little-known jazz singer/bassist who won the Best New Artist Grammy on Sunday night. She's been a huge presence on Twitter since then largely because she's suddenly famous for not being famous -- or at least not as famous as Justin Bieber, whose fans felt he'd been robbed of the Best New Artist nod.