Is Copying The Same As Theft?

Recently, a Rutgers professor wrote a New York Times article saying that copying–as in downloading a song for free–is not the same thing as stealing. This is significant, because it helps validate the hesitation people had when being spoon-fed the notion of online “piracy”. I mean, how can you “take” a song, anyway? It’s an…
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Penny-wise?

A penny saved may be a penny earned. But today, a penny made is 1.6 cents spent. Who could promote such foolish money flushing? Well, many people like the penny and don’t want to see it go away. Plus, the concern of having to spend in 5 cent increments sounds  a little fishy. But more…
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I Made It On MPR: )

A couple weeks ago many of you read my take on the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Well, Minnesota Public Radio enjoyed it and featured it on their site today: ) Check it out:  http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/10/ferdig/ thanks to all of you who read and enjoy my articles, -Brandon

The Witches Next Door

When I told my housemates I was interviewing random residents in our neighborhood, one spoke up saying, “Oh, you gotta talk to the pagan house.” That phrase, “pagan house”, along with some description given by that housemate, Tom, conjured up images of young adult women living in a secluded, nocturnal, spell-bound lifestyle. Other neighbors, though,…
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The Divisive Creative

On one hand, we all like a creative person. We like their music and art and books and movies. We like their sense of humor and marvel at “how they came up with that” so-and-so invention or idea. But on another level, we don’t like creative people. My boss at a restaurant didn’t like creative…
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Minnesota’s Most Popular News Source Is The Onion?

Forbes indicates that for Minnesota and Wisconsin, The Onion is a very influential media. This is measured by how often their stories were shared online. Check the map out yourself. Forbes color-coded each state to indicate where various news outlets are most popular–electronically anyway. It’s not a complete graphic as major news sources in this…
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Self-Driving Cars

I like technology. I am particularly intrigued by how technology can solve problems for humanity that laws cannot. Follow me on this one: we try to draw a line when it comes to drinking and driving.  First it’s .10 now it’s .08. We steepen the fines and jail time. We commit offenders to treatment, helping…
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Trayvon Martin’s Death: The Opportunity To Reform Justice

In our version of justice in America, we seek far more than righting the wrong. We seek that the perpetrator serves their time, is thrown behind bars, pays for what they did. In short, we like to see the perp suffer. We seek revenge. But why do we call for revenge when we know deep in…
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Neighborhood Interview #2: Sister-hood

One afternoon I was coming home from a walk when I passed an older woman trying to put a sign in her front yard. She was having a little difficulty trying to find the right spot to notify drivers of where not to park in front of her property. So I helped her find a…
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Stadium Or Not

A life without the Vikings seems odd to many people, and threat of them leaving is a big reason why people are backing the new stadium. But today it was reported that the Minneapolis is again, after Target Field, going to skirt a voter referendum and raise people’s taxes without their agreement. The economics argument,…
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