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Attention Chopper Parodists

by Paul Rapp November 26, 2014

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  Last week, Price Chopper made the beguiling announcement that it was changing its name to “Market 32,” apparently a reference to the company’s first store (the chain originally was called Central Markets), which opened in ...

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Nothing But Net (Neutrality)

by Paul Rapp November 13, 2014

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  Did anybody see this coming? In the aftermath of the disastrous midterm elections, leaving us ashamed of our country and fearful of the future, President Obama issued a startling call for pure, clean net neutrality. For ...

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Who’s Gonna Pay?

by Paul Rapp October 30, 2014

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  When Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 a couple of weeks ago, most of us were too busy running around yelling about the atrocity of having the new U2 album rammed down our throats to ...

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Transformers

by Paul Rapp October 16, 2014

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  Six years or so ago, the talented-but-phony street artist Shepard Fairey came up with the Obama Hope poster. It was everywhere, there were even websites where you could “hope-i-fy” your own image, and most of ...

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I Will Swallow

by Paul Rapp September 18, 2014

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  This week let’s tear down without building up. Let’s talk about U2. For years, U2 have been at the forefront of the idiot chatter about the evils of the Internet and downloading music. The band and especially ...

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Understanding the Fappening

by Paul Rapp September 4, 2014

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  Let’s talk about naked ladies on the Internet! You already know about the big “leak” of “personal” photographs of various (mostly) young actresses and you probably already have a strong opinion about it. As usual, ...

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In the House

by Paul Rapp August 21, 2014

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  Until fairly recently I didn’t get the whole house concert thing; at least I didn’t think it was for me. The idea of going to somebody’s home for a private concert struck me as something ...

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A Gamechanger and a False Alarm

by Paul Rapp July 23, 2014

Net Neutrality update: Well, the FCC received well over a million comments on its “Notice of Rulemaking” to consider ways to destroy the Internet. Last week so many comments were coming in that the FCC’s ...

Hell to the Redskins

by Paul Rapp July 10, 2014

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Hey, it’s been awhile! Sorry, extenuating circumstances every which-a-way . . . Anyway, there was all sorts of rejoicing a couple of weeks ago when a panel of administrative judges at the Trademark Trial and Appeal ...

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Digital Amnesia

by Paul Rapp May 15, 2014

  Well, the net neutrality crisis I talked about last time will take a long time to play out, but it’s sure started playing. A couple of weeks ago, it was leaked that FCC Chairman Thomas ...

Welcome to the Information Low-Way

by Paul Rapp May 1, 2014

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  A little over two years ago we beat back SOPA/PIPA, legislation that would have allowed Big Media to control the Internet. The defeat was stunning. The bills were flying through corrupt and know-nothing congressional committees, ...

I Wanna Live With the Digital Girl

by Paul Rapp April 17, 2014

  Neil Young has long railed against digital music, particularly MP3s. He once observed that listening to an MP3 was like looking through a screen that only allowed one color through each hole. And of course ...

Everything That Rises Must Settle

by Paul Rapp March 20, 2014

  Well, lookie here. The other day I was loathing having to write this column this week. A combo of late-winter malaise, persistent sickness, and catastrophic car trouble had reduced my spirits to a level even ...

It’s Getting Weird Out There

by Paul Rapp March 6, 2014

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  Last week, Saratoga Springs blogger John Tighe (Saratoga in Decline) was arrested on child-porn charges. His computers had been seized by the New York State Police five months ago as part of an investigation about ...

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A Whole Latte Nothin’

by Paul Rapp February 20, 2014

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  You probably saw something about this fly by over the weekend. You thought “huh?” and moved on to more productive things. Yes, I’m talking about the “Dumb Starbucks” store that opened briefly in Los Angeles. ...

Let’s Litigate Like It’s 1999

by Paul Rapp February 6, 2014

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  Prince continued his purple reign of terror against his fans last week when he hauled off and sued 20-plus people, most of whom were identified only by their online handles, for posting links to places ...

I’m Afraid to Wash My Hair

by Paul Rapp January 23, 2014

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  So, did President Obama’s speech about NSA spying put your fears to rest? Me neither. I heard most of it in the car. He sounded nervous, overly careful in his choices of words, and thoroughly ...

Like Somebody’s Watching Me (and You)

by Paul Rapp January 9, 2014

  Edward Snowden and the NSA. For years I’ve been writing about the privacy train leaving the station, but even at my most cynical I couldn’t have imagined how bad things had become. And though the ...

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Yellin’ of Troy

by Paul Rapp December 12, 2013

  Well, well, well. Copyright issues rarely rise above blog chatter and me bitchin’ about things here. Rarely do they take center stage in a significant public forum. But lookie here! Troy represents! The Night Before Christmas ...

Fight for Your Right to Advertise

by Paul Rapp November 27, 2013

  Sorry I missed the last two columns. There have been gnarly litigation deadlines and some armed insurrections up the mountain. I’m now in a strange sort of exile, operating out of a safe house with ...

Sad Old Scene

by Paul Rapp October 16, 2013

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  I haven’t seen the CBGBs movie yet, which makes this a perfect time to discuss it. I just learned that it was available as a pay-per-view on DirectTV for the entire month of September. Nice ...

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Charlie Everywhere

by Paul Rapp October 3, 2013

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  Big congratulations to Phantogram’s Josh and Sarah on the release of their teaser EP on Barsuk/Universal (the full album will drop soon), their song placement in (1) that ubiquitous Gillette teevee commercial and (2) the ...

Cable Hopping

by Paul Rapp September 18, 2013

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  This is the 200th Rapp On This. Damn. It seems like just yesterday that I marked No. 100. Strangely, though, it seems like eons ago that Steve called and asked if I’d consider writing a ...

Dream Under Lock and Key

by Paul Rapp September 4, 2013

  Last time, we were talking about the Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye’s children debacle, and I mentioned that it was disturbing to see a dead creator’s kids wielding a big stick and abusing intellectual property laws in ...

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Blurred Law

by Paul Rapp August 22, 2013

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  “Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye’s Family” makes for a great headline, doesn’t it? It brings to mind the sad and shameful legacy of white exploitation of black music and musicians: Pat Boone doing “Tutti Frutti”! ...