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Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
1:51 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

The Tweet Seats

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Pull out your phone in a live theatrical performance, and you might get the stink eye, or even a request to leave. But given the unavoidable technological climate, some theatres, including the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, are beginning to experiment with Tweet Seats, where patrons can safely share their ideas and thoughts about the performances, free from any menacing glares.  

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Facebook & Free Speech
4:41 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Case of Brandon Raub

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  A Virginia man is suing the F.B.I. and local police over his arrest for things he wrote on Facebook.  

It’s been nearly two years since 29-year-old Brandon Raub began posting things on his Facebook page – things that scared friends and the federal government.   Honorably discharged from the Marines after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Raub became convinced that  9/11 was a U.S. government conspiracy.  He wrote:

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Producer Rights in a Culture of Sharing
7:55 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Careful What You Copy

The rise of digital technology has made sharing something you see on the web, a daily event for many people.  But there’s a gray area when it comes to what is legal to copy and share, and what’s not.

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Future Astronaut
12:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Springboard to Space

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Parents and grandparents may anguish over the amount of time kids spend playing video games or watching videos on YouTube, but a University of Virginia student offers reassurance. 

21-year-old Patrick Carney decided to take some time off from college to focus on YouTube.  It’s not the kind of news that would thrill many parents, but Carney had a plan.  He launched one of the fastest growing YouTube channels, devoted to a popular video game called Clash of Clans.

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WikiLeaks Follow-Up
8:06 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Who is Bradley Manning?

Bradley Manning 2012
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In May of 2010 an American soldier named Bradley Manning was arrested in Iraq and accused of leaking hundreds of classified documents and secret diplomatic cables to the publisher of Wikileaks, Julian Asange. Manning was held, in solitary confinement, at a military prison in Quantico, Virginia for nine months.  His clothes and glasses were taken away, and he was subject to what a United Nations observer called cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

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