Sometimes, being a rich and famous musician is downright terrifying. It's impossible to know what motivates twisted humans to want to murder celebrities, but it's something that has only narrowly been avoided on several recent occasions. Here are five musicians who were targeted by psychos, but made ... More >>
One of the conventional criticisms of President Obama's first term was that he failed to live up to the "Hope!" and "Change!" rhetoric on which he campaigned in 2008. Many Obama supporters, even ones who concede this point, defended him by stressing the partisan gridlock and the key policies the pre ... More >>
Social media is no doubt a powerful force. But in what ways? How does this power manifest itself? Some people, perhaps confused by the word "media," seem to think it's a replacement for dying traditional media outlets -- particularly newspapers -- despite there being zero evidence that this is takin ... More >>
Specific Media, now the owners of MySpace, took Justin Timberlake on stage with them Monday night at the Consumer Electronic Show, and with a lot of fanfare, they announced ... essentially nothing. The purported big news is that MySpace is revolutionizing television by bringing it to the Web an ... More >>
It's sort of hard to believe after all this time, but I still regularly see people making fun of Twitter as if it's just a bunch of morons saying moron things. Okay, it is mostly that when taken as a whole. But I see very little of that kind of thing because I generally don't follow morons. Twitt ... More >>
Unless, of course, that check has six zeros OccupySF is getting its first brush with national -- and very conservative -- figures; protesters are planning to make their way down to the Palace Hotel this afternoon where right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush w ... More >>
Who better to talk education reform in left-leaning San Francisco than a populist right-wing media mogul and the brother of one of the most reviled Republican presidents in American history? That's right -- News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, brother to form ... More >>
When I was a staff editor at the tech-news site CNET News.com in the late '90s, one of the top editors there used to insist that we "localize" big news events by writing about how they were being covered and discussed on the Internet. So, for example, the death of Princess Di and the impeachment ... More >>
New media mogul?Justin Timberlake's newly announced ownership stake in MySpace is without doubt the coolest thing to happen to the ailing social network in some time. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. just sold MySpace, which it acquired six years ago, at a $545 million loss. But new owner Specific Med ... More >>
Don't fret, Justin -- we can help.So now Justin Timberlake -- unequivocal hearthrob, former member of N*Sync, and pop prodigy -- owns a stake in MySpace. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sold the ailing social media site yesterday to Specific Media at a $545 million loss. Figuring Timberlake and Speci ... More >>
Hello SF Weekly readers! I'm Rupert Murdoch. That will be a dollar, please. You may have read about my heroic remarks against Google's terrorist campaign of content-hijacking by way of the links and the searches. "I'll stop Google taking our news for nothing," I said. But why stop there?
Michael Manos was living the same lie that he peddled across the country. But in San Francisco, the truth caught up with him.
We're not exactly unaccustomed to paranoid political thinking in the pages of our rival weekly here in San Francisco. But the journos at the Bay Guardian have taken their conspiracy theories to new levels -- and depicted them in bolder-than-ever graphics -- in this week's issue.Appearing alongside a ... More >>
Lawyers and executives this week announced the formation of Here Media, an "LGBT media powerhouse" formed through a merger of several companies catering to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers. While the resulting entity isn't exactly Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, it does represent ... More >>
By Peter Jamison We reported this week on the ungainly turf war that has erupted among bureaucrats and entrepreneurs over the future of Outside Lands, the popular three-day music festival whose inaugural run was overseen in August by Berkeley-based Another Planet Entertainment. Despite the event' ... More >>
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