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June 2 2010 4:53 PM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the pop star M.I.A.'s beef with Lynn Hirschberg andthe New York Times, the new documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, and a Wired article that asks whether the Internet has uncivilized our brains.

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

Lynn Hirschberg's profile of the pop star M.I.A. in the New York Times Magazine.
M.I.A.'s video for "Born Free."
The rap song response to the NYT interview and audio excerpts from the interview on M.I.A.'s Web site.
The controversial Playboy interview with musician John Mayer.
A complete list of cities now showingExit Through the Gift Shop.
The trailer for Exit Through the Gift Shop.
The graffiti artist Banksy's Web site.
Nicholas Carr's article in Wired on what the Internet might be doing to your brain and Carr's blog.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Matt Zoller Seitz's video tribute to Dennis Hopper, titled "The Middle Word in Life."
Julia's pick: The Dia:Beacon museum.
Steve's pick: The Scottish post-punk band Orange Juice.

Musical Outro: M.I.A.'s "Hombre"

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Posted on June 2 by Jesse Baker at 4:53 p.m.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.


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