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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner weigh in on ¡Rob!, the new sitcom starring comedian Rob Schneider. Next, they debate SOPA, the proposed anti-piracy legislation that’s got Silicon Valley up in arms. For their final segment, Gabfesters relate the story of the New York Philharmonic, Mahler’s 9th symphony, and a very unfortunate marimba ringtone.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Slate’s Jessica Grose on ¡Rob!.
Entertainment Weekly’s Aly Semigran calls ¡Rob! “an insult.”
New York’s Matt Zoller Seitz defends ¡Rob!.
Rob Schneider’s classic SNL character, “the Richmeister”
CBS’s official site for ¡Rob!.
Wikipedia’s entry for the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Slate’s Daniel Politi thinks that SOPA is losing support in Washington.
Slate’s Future Tense blog thinks the tech industry needs better lobbyists.
GigaOM’s Tim O’Reilly on why he is fighting SOPA.
Rupert Murdoch’s Twitter post on SOPA.
The New York Times’ Bits blog reports that Wikipedia is going dark to protest the law.
ReadWriteWeb’s report of everything you “need to know” about SOPA.
Senator Ted Stevens’ famous comment that the Internet is a “series of tubes.”
Abbie Hoffman’s counterculture classic, Steal This Book.
The New York Times’ interview with “Patron X,” the marimba offender.
Thousandfold echo’s blog entry that broke the story.
The Economist’s Babbage blog on “Marimba vs. Mahler.”
NPR’s Deceptive Cadence blog on “l’affaire marimbaire.”
Hugh Jackman’s confrontation with a cell phone offender while starring on Broadway.
Walter Benjamin’s classic essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”
Outro: Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in D: IV, performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado.