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Kate Sandler
Recently I had the opportunity to interview viral video creators JibJab. Brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis started JibJab in their garage, and grew to be one of the most recognized online video brands in the short history of Web 2.0.

To watch my ten-minute interview, click HERE and scroll down to the video thumbnail entitled "JibJab Brothers".
It's about damned time that we stop jabbering about what various "supporters" or "endorsers" or pastors or former teachers, roommates, friends, associates, well wishers, and anyone else that might back this candidate or that. The Jeremiah Wright business was probably the biggest waste of time since Bill Clinton's blowjob. What the man said wasn't even terribly controversial, if you ask me. More importantly, he's not the one running for office. Now McCain has his own problems and though I loathe to take sides with a mouthpiece for the right wing conservatives in this country, I can empathize.

One of the greatest parts of the zine community at large is the zine fest. They can be large or small, one day or five, three tables or three hundred. Zine fests come in all forms and are still one of the best ways to not only pick up tons of great self published ephemera in one location, but meet tons of fantastic people.

If you're into traveling to get your zines, there's no better time than the spring and summer. Every year seems to bring more amazing zine events all over the country. Even if you don't have time or money to road trip it to all of them, you should at least get to two - or at the very least, one that's closest to wherever you call home.

My dad likes to keep pointing out that there are some great condos back in Tinley Park (my hometown). I'm pretty sure he's not a fan of me living in the city - or renting, because according to people who understand economics, it's a waste of money. When you rent you're not building equity, which is what American life is apparently all about. I would probably understand the housing crisis better if I did have some kind of condo or home or mortgage, but when you're counting change for gas money or deciding how long you can let the phone bill go before it gets shut off - equity is something foreign. The only thing I'm building equity on is a small collection of records and Simpsons memorabelia, which I've started selling on ebay.

Our Attack on the "Creative Class."

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Richard Florida's ill-deserved celebrity in the past decade suggests that the marketplace of ideas, although ostensibly far removed from that of base commodities, is no less susceptible to gimmicks and shysters. To wit, Florida has simply repackaged established economic models, albeit with a new-- and problematic-- veneer of novelty. Several valid social and economic arguments have been articulated in opposition to his 'Creative Class' model, but none have yet challenged Florida on aesthetic grounds. The following article sketches the contours of that argument, which is predicated on a fundamental antipathy between aestheticism and economic rationality.

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