6.05.14: Amazon's Drug Trade, Worldwide Webcams, And The History Of New England's Summer Homes
Amazon.com is one-stop shopping for Kindle downloads, on demand movies, and illegal prescription drugs? Today on Word of Mouth: steroids, painkillers, and antibiotics delivered right to your door. Then, if you’re bored by life in your cubicle, why not watch someone else’s…in Russia? A look at Opentopia, a curiously popular website that provides access to webcams across the world. Plus, we get the history behind a beloved New England trademark: the summer home.
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The Amazon Drug Trade
Atlanta-based physician and journalist Ford Vox found a report citing one big American retailer that is profiting from the sale of prescription and illicit drugs, Amazon. He wrote the article “Amazon’s Illegal Drug Dealing” for Slate.
Online phenomena, like the live-cam communities or specialized forums, have a way of sounding strange and alien to those of us who don’t use them. That cultural chasm deepens when online trends suddenly leap into the real world – like this past weekend, when two pre-teen girls nearly stabbed one of their peers to death, a terrible crime that was allegedly inspired by an internet urban legend which is part of the online genre ‘creepypasta’. In January, we spoke to writer Will Wiles, who investigated creepypasta for Aeon magazine.
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The History Of New England's Summer Houses
W. Tad Pfeffer is a geophysicist, teacher, and photographer at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of The Hand of the Small-Town Builder: Summer Houses in Northern New England, 1876–1930.