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

2006: Lee Siegel is suspended by The New Republic. Busted for pseudonymously aggrandizing himself in the comments thread to one of his own blog posts, Siegel endured a symbolic fate. Derision poured in from all corners of the Web, his editors grew pious, and old-school Parnassian journo-hood ceded its ground to the Age of Antagonism. Bloggers at the gates!

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"When you think you're the president, you just act like you are above everybody else."

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