Shining a spotlight on student loans: Belle Knox, the young half-Indian porn star who made headlines earlier this year after she was outed as a Duke University student, is back in the news this week after speaking out about the crippling student loans many students face. Writing for Time.com under her legal name Miriam Weeks, she urged readers to “start paying attention to what got me here: artificially inflated demand for college that pushes tuitions sky high.” The whole piece is an interesting (and controversial) read. (Time, Jezebel)
This Indian seat belt PSA is going viral: According to the WHO, only 27 percent of Indian drivers wear a seat belt. This new public service announcement, which stars a group of hijras who call themselves The Seatbelt Crew, is trying to raise awareness and change that. “”Naughty girl,” the leader of the crew says at one point, “tell your boyfriend to buckle up.” Watch the ad, which was developed by Oglivy India, above. (NPR)
A victory for free speech online: Advocates were outraged last month after Twitter blocked several accounts in Pakistan which contained allegedly “blasphemous” content. In a welcome role reversal, the company announced that it would be unblocking all of the previously suspended content. As CNET reports:
“We have reexamined the requests and, in the absence of additional clarifying information from Pakistani authorities, have determined that restoration of the previously withheld content is warranted,” Twitter said in a statement. “The content is now available again in Pakistan.”
Michael Hastings’ posthumous novel satirizes as familiar pundit: It’s been one year since the famous investigative journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash. The Last Magazine, Hastings’ posthumous novel, was just released to positive reviews. Readers will recognize many of the characters, as the storyline not-so-subtly satirizes the author’s time as a young reporter at Newsweek.
Here’s a bit from James Rosen’s rave review in the Washington Post:
The Magazine, you’ll not be surprised to learn, is a mid-Manhattan snake pit of literary ambition and fame-lust, where the international editor, an Indian intellectual-cum-socialite, vies with the managing editor, a bow-tied Southern historian, for the throne of editor in chief.
Sound familiar? (Here’s a hint if you need one.)
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