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Posts Tagged ‘The Stranger’

Glenn Greenwald Skype Interview is Right in NSA’s Wheelhouse

NoPlacetoHide_CoverAhead of tonight’s book event in Seattle, journalist Glenn Greenwald did a Skype interview from Rio de Janeiro with alt-weekly The Stranger. Kudos to associate editor Eli Sanders for the clever first question, and to Greenwald for the hilariously upsetting answer.

So, I’m making this call on Skype. How much could the NSA know about me just based on the medium I’m calling you through?

Oh, they’re completely in the system of Skype. I mean, they have virtually unfettered reign over Skype calls. Actually, one of the most interesting stories we did was about how easily Microsoft cooperated with the NSA to make sure that they had full reign with Skype.

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Sexpert Dan Savage Says His Column Was ‘Too Dirty for New York’

With 21 years of experience under his belt, Dan Savage knows sex — sex journalism, that is. In mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do interview, the noted columnist and star of MTV’s Savage U discussed how today’s media coverage on sex and homosexuality has changed since he first launched “Savage Love” in Seattle’s The Stranger in 1991.

“When I started the column, The Village Voice wouldn’t pick it up because it was too dirty for New York, which was saying something,” Savage recalled. “I was writing this column for kinky, rainy Seattle, and the then editor of the Chicago Reader told me that if I wanted to be in the Chicago Reader I had to write less about anal sex. I think that has changed and the Internet helped change it, because suddenly there was this place for sex writing without the gatekeepers and this paranoia that some child somewhere might pick up this newspaper.”

Find out how he finally got his column syndicated in So What Do You Do, Dan Savage?.