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Don't Vote! (Except, It's Celebs Being Ironic, So Do!)

Here’s an interesting online video, in which a passel of celebrities urge young people to vote.

It begins with them urging youth not to vote, in that hipster, sarcastic, of-course-we-really-mean-you-should-vote-you-dope tone.

The nonpartisan PSA–well, honestly, it does lean decidedly liberal–has been produced by actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and includes DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, Dustin Hoffman, Eva Longoria, Forest Whitaker, Ellen DeGeneres, among others.

Also, inexplicably, comic Sarah Silverman taking off her bra to prompt young people into civic action.

And if that’s not reason enough to prompt you to register to vote–deadlines are looming for the upcoming election–and get to the voting booths on Nov. 4, BoomTown does not know what is.

Here’s the video:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald