Moscow, The 1957 Host Of The World Festival Of Youth And Students

August 12, 2014

World Festival Youth And Students 1957 Moscow

Organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth and the International Union of Students, the sixth festival held in Moscow drew the highest number of attendees–34,000 people from 130 countries–ever.

This was the first time the Soviet Union had opened its doors to such an event, and that was only made possible due to what is now known as Nikki Khrushchev’s “Thaw”, a period when he began to permit foreigners to visit and interact (albeit while supervised) with natives.

Music and musicians from all around the world congregated here, and would do so relatively frequently in Socialist countries, seeing as massive amounts of expenditures were needed to successfully carry out youth festivals of this size. Interestingly enough–and perhaps one of the more subtle, lingering reasons why some conservatives dislike festivals today–by the 1960s the US State Department had accused these festivals of being a tool of radical politics and Communist propaganda. Open dialogue, it seems, is a bad thing.

5 Of The Most Interesting YouTube Channels

August 12, 2014
Interesting YouTube Channels

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YouTube is a vast ocean of cat videos and borderline-pornographic footage of teen girls dancing alone in their rooms when they’re supposed to be doing algebra homework. It’s as if every human being who’s privileged enough to have Internet access has uploaded whatever random thoughts they have to the service.

There are some gems to be found, however. Whether it’s one person gifting us all with sheer force of personality or a team effort aimed at elevating the online discourse somewhat above the level it’s been at since non-scientists were first allowed to use it, some channels stand out as diamonds in the (very) rough. Here are five of the best.

Weird Al Yankovic Spares Us Nothing

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A Brilliant Animation On How Technology Affects Our Relationships

August 11, 2014

As social media continues to dominate our free time (and can lead to the unemployment of those who don’t practice enough discretion with it), its respective platforms present themselves more and more persuasively as viable realities into which we might escape when our daily lives get to be a little…much. The effects of this switch are simultaneously pernicious and unknown, and our generation is really the test dummy. Check out Erica Rotberg’s fantastic animated short on the issue.

Check out more of our content that explains our addiction to social media as well as how said addiction promotes the “seven deadly sins”.