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Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014
Beyonce on stage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.  (AP)

Beyonce on stage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP)

We like to be transparent here with our online strategies (that’s pretty much the purpose of this weekly blog update, after all). So it only seems natural this week to talk about asking question and looking for answers on our various social media channels. We like to frame our upcoming hours around a central thematic question — what’s the meat of the issue here? What kinds of responses are we interested in that we can use effectively during our broadcast, and the editorial planning that precedes those broadcasts? What’s going to get us all thinking before we dive into the tricky issues? We bring this thought process up this week because quite a few of you were a little confused / surprised / downright angry about a question this week about Beyoncé ‘s status as a proud outspoken feminist. As we explained, we weren’t necessarily questioning Beyoncé’s devotion to the feminist movement, but rather, bringing up and seeking out those critics who have.  In the never-ending and sometimes context-free stream of Twitter and Facebook, it can be hard to realize when a post is in total seriousness or has a bit more concept behind it. We’re here to say that we’re looking for conversation and consideration, and we’re glad so many of you seem to be, too.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (August  22, 2014 — August 29, 2014)

1.  Should the Wealthy Worry About Inequality? (August 26, 2014)

2. Why Westerners Are Joining the ISIS Ranks (August 25, 2014)

3. The Global Legacy Of Yoga’s Master Teacher (August 25, 2014)

4. Week In The News: Ferguson Simmers, An ISIS Beheading, West Africa’s Ebola Crisis (August 22, 2014)

5. Legacy And Lessons From Ferguson (August 28, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

“Some pioneers discovered that the Walla Walla sweet onion soil was good for growing grapes, which is a lot more fun.”  — Drew Bledsoe

“We can talk about Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry; these women have long abandoned pants.” — Roxane Gay

“There’s a bifurcation between the TV shows people watch and theTV shows with critical acclaim.” — Willa Paskin

“Great Powers are jealous gods, and they don’t like states on their borders having threatening foreign policy.” — John Mearsheimer

“I’m 6’3″, north of 250 lbs. People assume I’m a former football player; there’s an element of fear there.” — Jelani Cobb

Our Favorite Comments (Facebook, Twitter and Disqus) From This Week

“Beyoncé can be a feminist and a sex symbol- they aren’t mutually exclusive. That’s the point.” (@AnnaOliva12)

Your library card as it is scanned and handed back to you with a stack of books.” (Andy Mienaltowski)

“Just another ordinary Thursday in NOLA. ;)” (@WWNO)

I won’t tell because I don’t want all you yahoos drinking my wine.” (Steven Tellyer)

The programs are trash. Not well thought out at all. I don’t watch any of it. I listen to NPR all day.:)” (Reginald Johns)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This vine of Blue Ivy Carter-Knowles dancing along with her mother’s “***Flawless” dance. (Vine)

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