Articles by BrittanyAnnWick

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Impersonating Adulthood

This past weekend, I decided to take a mini-vacation. My chosen destination? Bowling Green, Kentucky; home to Western Kentucky University. My Alma mater. Lately I’ve been feeling like an awkward adult–going to work, paying my bills, being responsible, and feeling like an impersonator the entire time. I don’t feel like an adult. Somewhere deep in my psyche, I feel more like a college student still. When introducing myself, I catch myself trying to say I’m twenty-one. When describing events mid-college career, I date them as only “a year or two ago.” What the…? Still, I didn’t think much of it….


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I Was There: Occupy Louisville

A sign posted at the edge of camp. On Thursday, I went down to Occupy Louisville for the solidarity rally. The rally was across the street from City Hall, at 6th and Jefferson. The people gathered were buzzing about the attacks on protesters in other cities–yet here in Louisville, the police were absent. Occupy Louisville and LMPD have not had any issues. In fact, the only officers we saw were overseeing traffic redirection for the decoration of the city for the holidays! This video was actually shot the second time we sang, since so many more people arrived. We started…


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This is NOT What Democracy Looks Like

I’m very upset this afternoon. I received word this morning that Occupy Wall Street had been raided in the middle of the night–over 200 citizens were arrested, the entire camp dismantled, and everything thrown into the trash. Three things about this event are most disturbing: 1. OWS had created a massive public library in the camp: 5,554 volumes strong. While some of the books were rescued, the vast majority of the collection was thrown into the trash. Five thousand books, gone. Knowledge, destroyed. Here is an online database of the OWS library. No matter where you stand on the political…


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The blogosphere finally gets a fair analysis

I mentioned on my blog on Sunday that I had just begun reading Eric Boehlert’s Bloggers on the Bus. I’m still not finished with it, and I’m still excited about the fact that the blogosphere’s history, its major players, and its effects offline are being recorded, and published, in a book. Anyone who’s spent more than a week exploring the blogosphere knows the impact it has had politically, but to see it spelled out so vividly, and in such detail, is something else altogether. After all, who hasn’t seen the sneering condescension on the faces of mainstream media anytime blogging…


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What is Occupy Wall Street?

I’m seeing a lot of misunderstanding going around about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Perhaps it’s willful, perhaps it’s not. But anyhow, I decided to share the thoughts of a couple of my favorite Internet Personages to help explain what this movement is about. First, Holly explains what the movement is, how the movement is being organized, and why this movement is different from Ye Goode Ole Protest: It struck me as a very different kind of protest than any other I’ve seen.  Because it encompasses so many issues–healthcare, education, war, corporate personhood, national debt, jobs–and yet the central one is…


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Update on the Jobs Bill

You know that jobs bill that everyone was talking about last week? You know, the one with the provision in it that would create jobs by repairing all the crumbling bridges around the country, say, for example, the Sherman bridge? It’s dead. Yeah. I suppose the Sherman bridge will be repaired by the magic of the free market. Or trickle-down economics. Or maybe, just maybe, Congress will acknowledge that infrastructure upkeep is actually kind of a big deal, and will pass that provision as a separate measure. But probably not. If there’s one thing this Congress is really good at,…


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Books V. E-Readers

Hello, readers! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I must apologize for my absence—I’ve been busy, but not so busy that I haven’t been paying attention. And there’s been quite a lot going on, hasn’t there? President Obama appears to have grown a pair, Borders has closed stores all across the country, and of course we have our little bridge situation. I know, I know:  little? Trust me, that was written with more than a little sarcasm. After all, our bridge problem got us featured on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC, did it not? More on that later. Right…


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I Was There: Hello Summer Festival

When Jared of CiPit Productions approached me about being Staff Coordinator for the Hello Summer festival, I didn’t hesitate. After all, how could you say no to someone telling you that you’re the perfect person for the job? You can’t. So I jumped right in. What better way to spend a summer day than in one of Louisville’s beautiful parks listening to great local music, right? And a great day it was. For Jared, Ally (also of CiPit Productions), and I, the Hello Summer festival started early–Thursday night, actually. After weeks of e-mails, meetings, and the like, we were finally…


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Teachers Can Never Be Thanked Enough

After I watched this video, I was inspired to thank all of the teachers who made a difference in my life. Add your own in the comments, if you wish. Thank you, Mrs. Crowe, for teaching me how to read and write. Thank you for gifting me with a love of reading that endures today. I’ll never forget, so long as I live, the day you gave me the first Baby Sitter’s Little Sister book, by Ann Landers. It was so special to me–my greatest treasure. I no longer have it, but I do have shelves upon shelves of books…


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Hello Summer Festival: Live and Local

Hello Summer is the latest addition is Louisville’s local cultural landscape—a festival featuring local bands and local artists—and it’s happening August 5th, at Cherokee Park. The festival is the first production of Louisville’s CiPit Productions, and headlining are Cameron Sharp, “Carpe Noctum”, Alison’s Escape, Yo’majesty, and the Eracists. Others will be announced soon, I’m told. Local artists, like Jeremy Lewis, will also be displaying their works for sale—everything from canvas paintings to hand-made, one of a kind purses (shiny!). Local comedians Tyler Jackson and Lindsay Boling will be hosting the event. (Wait, we have comedians? Cool.) Families and groups of…