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When Nashville flooded in 2010, few people unrelated to the area knew about it for days, largely because the aid providers and the media were too focused elsewhere to respond to a very real crisis that, in the words of Newsweek‘s Andrew Romano, “could wind up being one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history.” In fact, his article, Why the Media Ignored the Nashville Flood, pops up as the first organic result in a Google search for “Nashville flood.” If it wasn’t for the overwhelmingly positive reaction of local celebrities and the community, as a whole, the Nashville flood may have received more publicity about the lack of publicity than it did about the actual damages incurred by the flood, the needs it created, and relief required to meet those needs. For the most part, however, the conversation was, disappointingly, about the conversation.

Recently, controversy has sparked surrounding the MPAA rating classifications of The Hunger Games, a dystopian blockbuster pitting teenagers against each other in a death match, as PG-13, and BULLY, a stark awareness vehicle for social betterment, as R. By the book, the MPAA (which, by the way, is comprised of a panel of parents) has assigned the correct rating to each work, but the juxtaposition of the two films – and their relative takes on teenage conflict – present too rich a lesson to ignore. While the ratings delivered to these movies have created their share of outcry, the opportunity to seize upon each of them as a tool for coaching teens is drowned out to a whimper, at most.

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Buzz abounded a few weeks back after Bon Iver’s eponymous sophomore effort was accidentally leaked by iTunes the day it was scheduled to release only the album’s first single, “Calgary.” Yesterday, however, the band decided to give fans a treat and stream the album in its entirety, scheduled for release June 21, on both NPR and The New York Times Web sites. For those who waited earnestly for the album instead of snagging a leaked version, the wait proved well worth it.

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I’ve had the first single from Bon Iver’s eponymous album on loop for a good hour now, and I can barely begin to pretend to understand the song’s subject matter. What I can tell you is that “Calgary” starts with a soft swell and builds through to the bridge like the prelude to a kiss.

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