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Stephen Robert Morse, a native New Yorker, recently returned to America after spending two years as a European Union-sponsored Erasmus Mundus scholar studying journalism, media, and globalization. He simultaneously worked as a multimedia journalist, documentary producer, and consultant. In 2009, he created MyTwoCensus.com, the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 U.S. Census which he ran from Europe and San Francisco (where he also worked at Mother Jones). As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Morse founded Morse-Levin Productions to make low-budget socially conscious films. He wrote a political sitcom that was optioned by Fox and worked at talent/literary agencies in Los Angeles and London. He’s now trying to disrupt the film industry on a grander scale as a Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellow at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism.

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The Demise of Blockbuster: A Big LOL

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 1:19 PM

LOL. That's really the only emotion that comes to mind when I read from the recent piece in PandoDaily:

Back in the heady days of 2000, Netflix had 300,000 subscribers. Hastings had a vision even then that films would one day be streamed cheaply over the Internet. But...

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How to Quit Your Job and Live the Dream

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 1:04 PM

Reinvention is one of America's most overused terms.

But reinvention defines some of the best things that have come out of America in the past decade. Yes, celebrities have reinvented themselves: Betty White, Jon Stewart, and Ellen DeGeneres, to name a few. But the rest of us, plebeians, also have...

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Want More Millennials in Office? Then It's Time to Ditch the Two-Party System

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 11:51 AM

If you're reading this and you're a millennial, there's a high chance that you're a a political independent. A plurality (45 percent) of millennials identify as independents, compared to 33 percent who identify as Democrats and 23 percent who identify as Republicans. I am proudly a member of...

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If Stop-and-Frisk Is Illegal, NYC Will Become Dangerous Again

(5) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 6:07 PM

Earlier this morning, I received a New York Times alert stating that the stop-and-frisk practice of the New York Police Department was deemed illegal, as it "violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers." And while it may be true that thousands of people, most...

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Congratulations, You Funded Matter Selling Itself to Medium and You Didn't Make a Dime!

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Last year, I wrote a pretty controversial piece about Matter, a long-form science journalism web site with little inkling of a business model that managed to raise $140,000 on Kickstarter from 2,566 people who apparently have far bigger hearts and more optimism about the future of journalism than I do....

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My Hometown's Recovery From Sandy Has Been Lackluster, But It Could Have Been Better

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 10:33 AM

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I witnessed two Long Island communities, Long Beach and Oceanside, located just 1.5 miles from one another, experience very different fates. Both communities have populations hovering around 33,000 residents, and both faced unprecedented damage during the storm.

However, the...

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Sandy Hook Shooting: How the Media Screwed Up the Reporting of This Tragedy

(4) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 2:33 PM

In the immediate aftermath of the horrific Newtown shooting, both traditional and new media sources disseminated a significant amount of misinformation. This is a consequence of the reality that new media organizations, PolicyMic included, operate around a 24/7 news cycle and compete to have the latest information to drive traffic.

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Guy Fieri Times Square Restaurant Review: Here Is the Grade I Give It After I Tried It Myself

(32) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 5:42 PM

After reading Pete Wells' marvelously entertaining New York Times review of Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant, the eponymously named Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, I wanted to experience the place myself, simply to judge whether Wells was too harsh, or whether this dining experience was truly...

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How 21% of Americans Will Hold the Election Hostage to Partisan Tools and Fools

(5) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 12:41 PM

Election Day is less than three weeks away, but that doesn't mean much to me, because I'm not voting. I'll go into work, read PolicyMic on my computer, check some exit polls in the early afternoon, and hopefully not encounter any radical offshoots of the New...

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Kennedy Center Should Honor Sixto Rodriguez, the Bob Dylan of Detroit

(3) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 6:52 PM

If you haven't seen the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, then consider this a spoiler alert. If you've already seen it or you're not going to see it any time soon, then keep on reading. (But first, take a second to sign this Change.org petition!)

In...

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Sheldon Adelson Is Buying the 2012 Election, But He Bought Your Birthright Friends a Long Time Ago

(13) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 8:38 PM

I'm throwing Sheldon Adelson to the wolves. Does that mean I'm a neurotic Jew, a self-hating Jew, a liberal Jew, a secular Jew, a kvetching Jew, an ethical Jew, a mentschy Jew, or some combination of the above?

Here's the history of my relationship with Sheldon (and no,

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Citi Bike Share Program in NYC Will Bring Total Carnage

(5) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 12:27 PM

I love cycling and I've had the good fortune to live in Denmark and the Netherlands, where bicycles are as ingrained in the culture as the NFL is in America. But I've proceeded with caution when cycling in NewYork City, because, despite progressive measures created by the Bloomberg administration to...

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Dear New York City: Stop Being a Police State and Let Us Drink Beer in Parks

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 1:56 PM

I roll my eyes every time someone says that New York is the greatest place on earth.

The inhabitants of the greatest places on earth have freedom. The people of New York, well, we have civil liberties that are in line with the plutocracy in which we...

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A Modest Proposal to Stop Tipping Bartenders

(123) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 5:52 PM

Bartending was, by far, the most enjoyable job I've ever had. Think about it: Get paid to listen to music, talk to attractive women, casually watch television, and comment on current events without people thinking you're crazy.

But I don't understand America's tipping culture. Why don't we tip the...

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32 Mantras to Live by Post-College

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 11:39 AM

I recently read a fascinating and controversial blog post by a millennial who defended her (our!) generation from verbal attacks that Baby Boomers and other older folks use to discredit us. The irony is that these people, who are currently in positions of power -- and, by many...

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Hilary Rosen: Unfairly Skewered by the Left, Right, and the Media

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 5:31 PM

In the wake of Democratic operative Hilary Rosen's recent accusation that Ann Romney has not worked a day in her life, my thoughts drifted back to my days as a Women's Studies minor at Penn. (Finally, this is my chance to show that I really learned something!)

Among the canons...

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Tracking the Success of Seed Accelerators

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 6:25 PM

As a Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellow at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, I am one of 16 lucky new media entrepreneurs who have access to world class mentors, financial opportunities, industry leaders, venture capitalists and like-minded thinkers. It is difficult to classify the program as a seed...

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Ain't Easy Being Green

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 6:18 PM

When I made the documentary Ain't Easy Being Green in 2006 and 2007 (it was my senior thesis at the University of Pennsylvania), I had no idea that five years later, Rick Santorum would be running for president. Furthermore, I was flabbergasted when it became clear after the...

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