Periscope, Meerkat let users broadcast to the world

Periscope and Meerkat represent the next stage of personal live streaming, putting the ability to broadcast right in the hand of anyone with a smartphone. That’s a lot of power, and like the broader Internet, content on Periscope and Meerkat runs the gamut from fascinating to banal.

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times: Celebrating ‘The Simpsons’ at 25

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF [A version of this story appears in the Sept. 3, 2014, edition of the Rutland Reader.] The Simpsons is having a moment. Entering its 25th season, the animated Fox sitcom has faded in and out of relevance, but its lasting cultural impact, like Martin Prince’s precious geode, must be acknowledged. The…