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How to Spot the Banksy BS

BanksyArtIn light of a fake news article being widely shared on social media about the arrest of street artist Banksy, the International Business Times’ Ewan Palmer has some critical advice for Facebook and Twitter users:

All readers need to do is check: A) Does the article appear on National Report? and B) Is Paul Horner mentioned anywhere in it?

Actually, since Horner also likes to attach his Web journalism pranks to the byline Jimmy Rustling at Super Official News, folks need to double up on this front.

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Instagram Anger | Banksy Takeaways | Miss WACH

MichaelKorsInstagramAllFacebook: Michael Kors is a brave company/man. They willingly put themselves in the line of Instagram fire today with an ad for an #MKTimeless (read: expensive) watch.

PRNewser: Farewell Banksy! Thanks for the several dozen pieces of NYC street art and 11 valuable PR lessons.

TVSpy: A longtime former anchor has vented about a South Carolina TV station’s decision to hire a former beauty queen with no journalism experience to co-anchor the 10 p.m. news. Unless it’s on the teleprompter, she is unlikely to publicly respond.

Banksy Posts; New Yorkers Show Up [Updated]

Do you consider yourself a New Yorker in the know? Do you follow what appears to be a brand new, official Banksy Twitter account? If the answers to these questions are respectively yes and no, you may want to remedy the latter.


The famed, stealth British-born graffiti artist has set up artistic residency in Manhattan and triggered a Twitter account pointing to the website The site is chronicling his various NYC street efforts and causing lots of excitement each time around. From a New York Daily News report:

To Pace student Mathias Watson, 21, it was an exciting opportunity to see an authentic Banksy in-person. “I just love the chase,” he said, adding that he found the location after Banksy tweeted it. The Chelsea piece has already accrued new tags, from a black stencil of embattled Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei to other graffiti artist tags.

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Pomona College Radio Alum Spies Another Sign Made by the Mysterious Leo

During a recent University of California Radio Network (UCRN) conference at Pomona College in Claremont, former KSPC 88.7 FM DJ and current editor Jennifer Waits got a great kick out of revisiting her old studio stomping grounds. So much so that she took the tour twice.

Easily the most fascinating aspect of Waits’ drop-by’s is that they afforded her an opportunity to catch sight of yet another example of the handiwork of a mysterious, anonymous artistic benefactor. As she chronicled earlier this fall, dozens of campus radio stations around the country have wound up – often in ways that no one can quite remember – with funky, silver spray-painted cardboard art pieces displaying the outlet’s call letters. Per Waits’ blog post:

KSPC looked largely the same, although some of the technology had been updated. Just this year KSPC was able to move its transmitter and antenna, meaning that the 88.7 FM station now reaches many more listeners in the Los Angeles area. I was also intrigued to see another version of the mysterious radio station call letter sign that I’ve been spotting all over the country (signed, “your friend Leo”).

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Street Artist ‘Eine’ Paints the LA Weekly

Street artist Eine is in LA for MOCA’s big (and controversial) “Art in the Streets”exhibit and decided to do some free decorating on the LA Weekly‘s Culver City headquarters. Eine spoke with LA Weekly‘s Shelley Leopold (who made a brief appearance in the Banksy film “Exit Through the Gift Shop”) about his concept for the building.

A lot of what I paint on the street, it has to fit and it has to suit the space that I’m painting on. So, the windows, the grids, the fact it’s a newspaper, I just thought, “Yeah, graffiti crossword.” It made sense. If the windows weren’t there, I would have just done a big word or big letters, but the windows…The shape and the size of the building eliminates certain options. But Graffiti Crossword‘s kinda cool, yeah?

Previously on Fishbowl LA: Whitewash at MOCA: Downtown News Breaks Story Waiting to Go National

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Banksy’s ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ Up for an IDA Documentary Award

“Exit Through the Gift Shop,” the documentary film by Banksy that prominently features LA artists Shepard Fairey and “Mr. Brainwash,” (along with a brief cameo from LA Weekly’s Shelly Leopold) is up for an International Documentary Association award for “Distinguished Feature Documentary.” Laura Poitras‘ brilliant film “The Oath” is also nominated. Winners will be announced December 3rd at the Directors Guild Theater in LA.

Full list of nominees, via indieWire, after the jump.

Previously on FBLA: Exclusive: ‘The Oath’ Documentarian Laura Poitras Has Had Her Reporters Notebooks Photocopied by Customs Agents

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The Simpsons As Told By Banksy

The opening sequence to Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons was created by UK street artist Banksy, and is worth a viewing or twelve.

Banksy was reportedly inspired by the outsourcing of Simpson‘s animation to studios in South Korea.

AP Names Jane Seagrave Chief Revenue Officer

JANE_SEAGRAVE.jpgThe Associated Press announced today that Tom Brettington, chief revenue officer, will be retiring on March 1 after two years in the position. Senior vice president Jane Seagrave will be taking his position after the mid-year departure, though Brettington will still assist the company in digital marketing, the company said.

Seagrave began at the AP 31 years ago as a journalist, but left the company for a role as vice president at Lawyers Weekly Publications, rejoining the news wire in 2003. She also has unique qualifications for her new position: Seagrave ran the AP’s digital licensing operation for commercial image use and directed teams on those contracts the company has been negotiating with online aggregators.

So all those recent stories about the AP going after everyone from Banksy to Google News may be attributed to Seagrave’s part in the company’s stricter licensing policies.

Press release after the jump.

Previously: Google Pulls AP Stories From News Page

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