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    The TechCrunch/AOL Saga Told Through ‘Star Wars’

    by Marbin Javier
    September 9, 2011
    TechCrunch's Michael Arrington has a crisis between doing journalism ("The Force") and investing in startups ("The Dark Side"). How will the saga end?

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    The soap opera that has been going on between TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington, Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington and AOL honcho Tim Armstrong has been difficult to explain to people living outside the tech media bubble. How can you capture those personalities and make it understandable to the masses?

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    We decided to commission designer Marbin Javier (found through Google+) to do a timeline of the action as if each was a character in “Star Wars.” Arrington is the ultimate dark rebel, Anakin Skywalker, torn between doing journalism (“The Force”) and investing in the startups he writes about (“The Dark Side”). Feel free to add in more characters in the drama, and who might play them, in the comments below.

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    Marbin Javier is a commercial freelance designer and photographer born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the South Bronx. He is currently collaborating on a variety of unreleased independent projects ranging from music videos to a comic strip titled: “Eden.” He is motivated by the hope of doing for others what the masters of the form have done for him.

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    Business content on MediaShift is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry.

    Tagged: aol arianna huffington huffington post jeff jarvis kara swisher michael arrington paul carr ron conway star wars techcrunch

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