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This Week in Culture: August 29, 2014

Photo by Daniel Silva
Twitch in the Pocket Amazon announced Monday that it was spending nearly $1 billion to purchase Twitch — a video platform for gamers to showcase their skills and tricks through real-play video game streaming. The move signals the third addition to Amazon’s acquisitions in the gaming sphere, having purchased both Reflexive Entertainment in 2008 and Double Helix Games earlier this year.
Big Winners As expected, Breaking Bad swept Monday’s Emmy Awards ceremony, taking home five trophies, including Best Drama Series. We were happy to see Louie and True Detective also do well. For the full list of winners, look here.
The Science in Democracy Before Bill Nye, there was Richard Feynman — America’s favorite science wiz. The Nobel Prize winner is responsible for the most celebrated book on physics ever written, The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Thanks to Caltech, the complete three-volume book is now freely available online.
Feeling Looney Warner Brothers is set to revisit the Looney Tunes franchise with a new film called Acme. The project is still in its formative stages, but rumor is that Steve Carrell is cast to star.
Bud Light, Colorado Crested Butte, Colorado is confirmed as the site for Anheuser-Busch’s new “Up for Whatever” Bud Light campaign. The beer company plans to take over the small town next weekend, bringing over 1,000 creative, spontaneous individuals from around the country to host a Bud Light-focused rager. Some locals are upset, however, claiming they were kept in the dark about negotiations between officials and the brewery.
Redemption for Shaw? College football season kicked off on Wednesday, and America is focused on all things pigskin. University of Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw garnered the national spotlight this week when he announced that both of his ankles had been sprained when he jumped from a balcony to save his nephew from drowning. Shaw has now retracted his story in an apology to USC, admitting that he lied.
Burn, Burn, Burn The bizarre (and awesome) art and culture gathering known as Burning Man got a slow start to the weeklong festivities this year after unusual showers hit the Nevada desert, where the festival is held. Normal operations have since resumed, with the large wooden effigy referred to simply as “The Man” still slotted to go up in flames on Saturday, symbolizing the festival’s tenet of free and radical self-expression. Meanwhile, some people aren’t too pleased with the direction the tech elite are partying.
Where America Sings In a recent study conducted by Wallethub, which based its findings on demographic comparison, Nashville was found to be the most “American” city in country. Close behind were Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Of the 366 cities examined, McAllen, Texas, and Boulder, Colorado, were deemed the least American cities in the country. Maybe play some John Philip Sousa, guys?
Mapping Westeros and Beyond the Wall For Game of Thrones fans, the opening title sequence, which floats above a board game-like representation of “the World”, is an anticipated welcome after a grueling seven-day wait. Ever curious about the making of this familiar sequence? Meet the man behind it.
Espress Yourself Upgrade your morning ritual with this guide to making coffee from six baristas.
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