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2005 Stories by Julian Dibbell

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  • Factually Speaking

    published December 20, 2005

    For a reference work whose editorial staff consists, basically, of any dumbass with Internet access and one good typing finger, Wikipedia... More >>

  • Thousand Eyes

    published December 13, 2005

    Sure, any moderately dedicated hip-hop fan can tell you Lost Boyz sideman Freaky Tah was shot dead outside a party in Queens, but it takes a true... More >>

  • People's Google

    published December 6, 2005

    Bookmarking more and enjoying it less? We all get there sooner or later: A few years' worth of memorable websites crammed into a small maze of... More >>

  • Real Invention

    published November 29, 2005

    It tells you almost everything you need to know about 1974 that it was the year some poor misguided soul invented the Hijacker Injector: a... More >>

  • Bigger Brother

    published November 22, 2005

    "Greetings from Tororo Uganda in the name of our lord Jesus Christ . . . Your money changed the life of my family," the blog post begins, dusting... More >>

  • You've Got News

    published November 15, 2005

    There are two kinds of Web surfers in the world: those who believe you can be a well-informed citizen without ever picking up an actual newspaper... More >>

  • Beware, Remnick

    published November 8, 2005

    On a recent Monday, the front page of the communal blog MetaFilter served up deftly annotated links to... More >>

  • Pixar for the People

    published November 1, 2005

    It's one of the more unforgettable moments in recent film history: The opening shot tracks slowly up a cliff face, so tight you can't tell what... More >>

  • Book Fair

    published October 25, 2005

    We interrupt our regularly scheduled clever lead paragraph to bring you a simple explanation of something that apparently needs a lot of... More >>

  • Fifteen Minutes

    published October 18, 2005

    To spend even a few minutes looking at National Geographic's... More >>

  • A Rape in Cyberspace

    published October 18, 2005

    December 23, 1993 They say he raped them that night. They say he did it with a cunning little doll, fashioned in their image and... More >>

  • Smear Leader

    published October 11, 2005

    Random jargon generators—those online applets that string together endless variations on the clichés of postmodern theory, corporate... More >>

  • Name Games

    published October 4, 2005

    Brownie. Poppy. Turd Blossom. Who will deny that there's a certain frat-house poetry in the nicknames George W. Bush confers on those around him?... More >>

  • Pro-Found Art

    published September 27, 2005

    Not long ago, the story has it, young Troy Gregory of Boise, Idaho, recorded 14 minutes of his own late-night romantic ramblings for his... More >>

  • Watching the Defective

    published September 13, 2005

    Watchingamerica.com has for some months been part of a nutritious media breakfast, serving daily doses... More >>

  • MSM: A+

    published September 6, 2005

    Amid the post-Katrina political blame-gaming, it was—as usual these days—a lone, brave blogger who ferreted out the true culprits.... More >>

  • Shuttered

    published August 30, 2005

    "Who will remember . . . that Pronto Pizza place? Or Tad's Steaks, with its 'Bathroom for Customers Only' sign, and those rotisserie chickens... More >>

  • Hate the Game

    published August 23, 2005

    Many a red-state-American grandmother has spoken out against video games, but few have done so as incisively as 69-year-old Barbara St. Hilaire of... More >>

  • Open Season

    published August 16, 2005

    Anyone who thinks the al Qaeda crowd aren't regular folks just like you and me should get acquainted with the radical-Islamist ephemera on More >>

  • Hack Sabbath

    published August 2, 2005

    OK, you're hip, but face it: Hasidic Jews are hipper. They moved to Williamsburg before you did, they were into Kabbalah before Madonnawas,... More >>

  • Nanny v. Ninny

    published July 26, 2005

    Julie Andrews, Fran Drescher, Jo Frost: Meet Tessy the 26-year-old Park Slope blogger, who joins you now... More >>

  • Live G8

    published July 19, 2005

    Remember G8? That global summit thing where the U.S., UK, and other top-grossing nations were supposed to get together and, for once, take the... More >>

  • Raskolnikov's Blog

    published July 12, 2005

    "I hope to complete this journal before I die (soon) or turn myself in," wrote registered sex offender Joseph Duncan in the final, May 13 entry of... More >>

  • Yay Wacktards!

    published July 5, 2005

    Wacktards of the world, rejoice, for as of the other week, Andy Milonakis has his own sketch-comedy show on MTV. An online celebrity since... More >>

  • Secret Machines

    published June 28, 2005

    PostSecret—an elegantly engrossing gallery of hand-illustrated postcards mailed in by unnamed... More >>

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