Dispatch December 2009

The Top Pop Culture Moments of the Decade

From Radiohead and James Frey to Jackass and Jersey Shore, 10 daring and sometimes inane creative acts that defined the ’00s

2001: Grand Theft Auto III. GTA III was the year’s top selling video game, piloting the player into a 3D moral disaster area wherein he could ram pedestrians, pick up prostitutes, and shoot cops—all to a top-notch soundtrack. The only non-sociopathic thing about it was that you had to sit quietly in a room to play it.

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Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

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