Noah J. Nelson

Reporter, Turnstyle News

Last week Causes, the company founded by founded by Sean Parker and Joe Green to leverage social media connections for grassroots campaigns, underwent a major facelift.

No longer would Causes.com be a fiefdom of Facebook, the site would become a social network of its own.

Tesla Motors

What do you do when you’re the owner of a revolutionary electric car manufacturer and the paper of record slams your first mass product in a review?

If you’re Elon Musk of Tesla Motors you take to Twitter and accuse the newspaper of lying. At The Verge:

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We talk about the dangers of technology here from time to time, and have done some on the U.S. government’s use of military drones.

Here’s the mother of all drone reporting, from NBC News’ Michael Isikoff:

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The Penny Arcade Report’s Ben Kuchera has a powerhouse of an editorial up today.

Kuchera uses Quentin Tarantino’s stark refusal to play into an interviewer gambit to see his films– specifically the gun violence heavy Django Unchained – through the lens of the Sandy Hook massacare as a prototype for how game makers should deal with the mainstream press on the issue:

Remember a year ago when Facebook announced Timeline? How it was going to change the way that people shared information about themselves? Then it came out and everyone just hated it because if there is one thing that people on the internet hate most it’s change?

Mat-ter + Build Studio

Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, producer of KCRW’s Sonic Trace, has an ambitious vision: to trace the stories of immigrants to Los Angeles from Mexico and Central America, illustrating how entire communities have reconstituted themselves in LA. Not only that, but she wants to do it in style.

Crowdfunding 101: Ten Things You MUST Do

Jul 24, 2012
Flickr user 401(K) 2012

We here at Turnstyle News don’t hide the fact that we’re excited about the ongoing crowdfunding revolution. Filmmaker Lucas McNelly writes our “Crowdfunding 201” column, which takes an in-depth look at what makes crowdfunding campaigns tick. Tech and entertainment editor Noah Nelson takes joy in finding new campaigns to talk about and creators to profile.

When the print/online hybrid magazine Good pulled a pivot this month and became a crowd-sourced aggregator instead it meant that its staff writers and editors were out of a job. Mildly ironic for a brand that had been building its identity around the idea of social good, but hey, the bottom line is what it is.

2012 has become a year for earth-shaking documentaries. Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In stunned and angered me at Sundance this year and now The Invisible War – which also took its first bow in Park City – has done the same at this week’s Los Angeles Film Festival.

The comedy troupe Olde English loves a good challenge. So when founding member Ben Popik threw down the gauntlet and asked his friends to write a movie together, using a method devised by the Surrealists, the group took on the task. Right before they all went their seperate ways. The result – The Exquisite Corpse Project – will have its world premiere this weekend at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood.

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