My dears! The very world, both on- and offline, fell apart this week and oh! my! We could ball our hands up and cry or we could chuckle. Either way, I wouldn't know where to start sewing the world back up again. It appears that too many cooks have spoiled the broth and, well, let's just get on with the post-mortem now, shall we?
• Several people, upset at several other people, waged a war on behalf of Wikileaks that Wikileaks disavowed any knowledge of/involvement in. [Forbes]
• The question no one is asking re: This Wikileaking and cyberwarring: Is Julian Assange a certifiable Splenda Daddy? You may leave your answers in the Comments below. [The Telegraph]
• Knifecrime Island is set to triple college tuition costs. This still makes it far less than what an American pays to go to college. Yes, America is a broken little Tonka truck of a nation. [BBC]
• The Senate sucks. [USA Today]
• Obama flops (again). [CNN]
• Britney Spears' comeback single will probably be #1 in every major territory worldwide for 1,000 weeks because it is produced by two of the strongest forces in pop. Not necessarily the best, but hey! since when did that stop anybody from buying a tune? [Popjustice]
• Also, would you like to know what the single best record of the year is? Lucky for you, spectacular internet personae Maura Johnston and Miles Klee reached out to a very special someone and ran the best record of the year's artwork alongside a list of very close runners-up. [TheAwl]
• Whatever, Chlöe Sevigny. [GoFugYourself]
• Kylie Minogue's latest video pays homage to classic arcade games like Pac Man and Space Invaders.
• Which is all to say that bee tee dubs, many Salvation Army branches will not be accepting left-over Harry Potter and Twilight merchandise as viable contributions to give to the needy. Not because these are terrible gift ideas the second-time around too, but because they deal with the occult and the Salvation Army would sooner be likened to Sarah Palin than something sensible. [Vancouver Sun]
Rohin Guha is a fiction writer and his collection of short stories, Relief Work is forthcoming on Birds of Lace. Once a week, he'll be checking in and giving us a Civilization Progress Report.