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‘Weird News,’ ‘Dumb Criminals’ And The Media’s Monetization Of Human Misery

‘Weird News,’ ‘Dumb Criminals’ And The Media’s Monetization Of Human Misery

Crime, Media

There’s a cynical local-to-national news pipeline designed to mock the powerless under the guise of “odd” news stories. The public’s perception of crime is often significantly out of alignment with the reality. This is caused, in part, by frequently sensationalist, decontextualized media coverage.

The Web We Have To Save

The Web We Have To Save

Long Reads, Media, Tech

In the past, the web was powerful and serious enough to land me in jail. Today it feels like little more than entertainment. The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?

The Rise Of Junk Science

The Rise Of Junk Science

Long Reads, Media, Science

Fake publications are corrupting the world of research—and influencing real news. At the most benign level of the junk industry are papers, published in journals with no effective screening process, that are obvious nonsense.

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Cities, Innovation, Media

An unusual billboard was recently set up at a crosswalk in France to promote pedestrian safety. Whenever a pedestrian was detected crossing while the “red man” light was on, the billboard would emit a loud tire screeching sound. A camera built into the billboard would then capture the terrified face of the jaywalker.

The Many Lives Of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

The Many Lives Of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

History, Media

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has been covered by more than 300 other artists in virtually every genre. It’s an impressive feat by any standard, but even more so when you consider that “Hallelujah” was originally stuck on side two of an album that Cohen’s record label deemed unfit for release.

Michael Jordan The Story Versus Michael Jordan The Man

Michael Jordan The Story Versus Michael Jordan The Man

Media

Jordan was the closest embodiment of the ideal athlete that we’ve ever witnessed. After his retirement, however, the intimate identification he inspired during his career soured into something weirder and sadder.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
The Rise And Fall Of Facts

The Rise And Fall Of Facts

History, Media, Politics

Because fact-checking these days is primarily the domain of legacy print publications, it retains that sheen of legitimacy and seriousness. To fact check is to assure readers, writers, and editors that great care is being taken.

The World Through The Eyes Of The US

The World Through The Eyes Of The US

History, Media, World

There is always that one country on America’s collective conscious. After looking at 741,681 section front headlines of The New York Times, Russell Goldenberg found out which countries around the world have preoccupied Americans the most each month since 1900.

The Twitter Electorate Isn’t The Real Electorate

The Twitter Electorate Isn’t The Real Electorate

Apps, Media, Politics, Tech

For anyone interested in politics, Twitter is the closest thing to a global community center, or a small-ads section—the virtual room where it happens. All of this gives the social network outsize power to shape the political conversation. However, social media is distorting our sense of mainstream opinion.

The Real-Life Hollywood Hoax That Turned A Fake Bradley Cooper Epic Into A $14 Million Scam

The Real-Life Hollywood Hoax That Turned A Fake Bradley Cooper Epic Into A $14 Million Scam

Crime, Media

Adam Joiner’s silver-screen dreams were finally coming true. He had a deal with Netflix, a superstar lead, a ‘Transformers’ superproducer and, amazingly, interest from Spielberg. He easily landed a major investment from Korean and Chinese money men. There was only one problem: His entire story was a lie.

The Decade Disney Won

The Decade Disney Won

Business, Media

The control Disney has on pop culture is kind of terrifying. Marvel’s superhero movies and Star Wars are two of—if not the—biggest franchises in the world. Add those to Pixar’s beloved library of films and its own perennially popular movies, and Disney is effectively in charge of what people watch.

Inside The Booming Business Of Background Music

Inside The Booming Business Of Background Music

Long Reads, Media

The background music industry – also known as music design, music consultancy or something offered as part of a broader package of “experiential design” or “sensory marketing” – is constantly deciding what we hear as we go about our everyday business. The biggest player in the industry, Mood Media, supplies music to 560,000 locations across the world, from Sainsbury’s to KFC.

What Comes After TV?

What Comes After TV?

Innovation, Media, Tech

A mobile-storytelling platform called Quibi has loomed on the content horizon, promising that, when its app launches this spring, it will be a home to a huge library of short-form shows made specifically for your phone. But Snapchat has been operating in that space for years. It’s harder than you’d think.

McHive, The World’s Smallest McDonald’s For Bees

McHive, The World’s Smallest McDonald’s For Bees

Food, Media, Videos

Some of McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden have beehives on their rooftops. The initiative started out locally but is now growing. To celebrate the initiative which is part of McDonald’s Swedens sustainability work, they created what could be the world’s smallest McDonald’s – a fully functioning beehive.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
The Secret History Of Page Six

The Secret History Of Page Six

Long Reads, Media

For more than four decades, Page Six has ruled the world of gossip about the famous and powerful. In an era when celebrities control the narrative and “power” is a dirty word, can it survive?

My Life Under Armed Guard

My Life Under Armed Guard

Crime, Long Reads, Media

Since 2006, Italian journalist Roberto Saviano has faced constant threat of death for exposing the secrets of the Naples mafia in his book Gomorrah. Is the price of life under armed guard too much for a writer to pay?

Copenhagen Commuters Get A Big, Slithering Surprise

Copenhagen Commuters Get A Big, Slithering Surprise

Art, Design, Media

Forget snakes on a plane. Copenhagen has snakes, really big ones, on a bus. Crushing the entire bus, in fact. Bates Y&R art director Peder Schack squeezed the award-winning idea out of his brain to “make the most possible impact for a very small budget.”

The Unsolved Case Of The Most Mysterious Song On The Internet

The Unsolved Case Of The Most Mysterious Song On The Internet

Art, Media

In 2012, a catchy New Wave anthem appeared on the internet with no information about who wrote or recorded it. Amateur detectives have spent thousands of hours since trying to figure out where it came from — with little luck. Inside the question that’s been driving the internet crazy for years.

The Traffic Merchant

The Traffic Merchant

Apps, Media

Google Chrome extensions promised useful tasks like converting webpages into PDFs. But once installed, they injected ads and generated massive amounts of invalid traffic, the ad industry’s term for fake or manipulated views, users, or clicks. More than 60 of those extensions were owned by Daniel Yomtobian.

Russian Startup Wants To Put Huge Ads In Space

Russian Startup Wants To Put Huge Ads In Space

Innovation, Media, Nature

The first of StartRocket’s space-based ads could go up by 2021. The ads — a bit like skytyping, only in low-Earth orbit rather than in the atmosphere — would be visible only at night but could be seen from just about anywhere on the planet.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
The First State-Approved North Korean Novel In English

The First State-Approved North Korean Novel In English

Media, World

“Friend” by Paek Namnyong was first published in 1988 in North Korea where it became a bestseller and a television series. Thirty years later, Friend has become the first state-sanctioned North Korean novel to be published in English. It is, most surprisingly, a novel about love, marriage, and divorce.

The Data That Turned The World Upside Down

The Data That Turned The World Upside Down

Long Reads, Media, Politics, Tech

How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election. A then little-known British company sent out a press release: “We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communication has played such an integral part in President-elect Trump’s extraordinary win.”

Blackfishing: 'Black Is Cool, Unless You're Actually Black'

Blackfishing: 'Black Is Cool, Unless You're Actually Black'

Life, Media

From Kim Kardashian to Selena Gomez, the perceived trend for wanting to appear black shows no sign of slowing down. “It’s about picking and choosing common black traits and characteristics for one’s benefit, while we continue to face discrimination on a day to day basis.”

How The Views Of A Few Can Determine A Country’s Fate

How The Views Of A Few Can Determine A Country’s Fate

Media, Politics, Psychology

Some of the latest research shows us that one reason for the polarisation we see today comes down to a few, incredibly influential minorities. For better or worse, small but incredibly influential groups can change the course of political debate. But is this leading us to hold more polarised views?

Ari Emanuel, WME, And The Great Hollywood IPO That Wasn’t

Ari Emanuel, WME, And The Great Hollywood IPO That Wasn’t

Business, Long Reads, Media

The entertainment industry’s reigning super-agent planned to put his firm—and the very power structure of Hollywood—on the line with an audacious, now scuttled public offering. With that future on hold and the likes of Netflix and Disney commanding more ground by the day, what’s an ambitious modern macher to do?

War Propaganda: How To Get A Country To Go To War

War Propaganda: How To Get A Country To Go To War

Media, Videos

The war propaganda function in the United States is finely tuned. It’s sophisticated and most of all it blends into the media terrain. While the names of the countries changed, and of course each circumstance was different, there were some parallels that cried out for examination.

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

Explainers, Long Reads, Media, Tech

It took me years to really understand where all the information I saw online was coming from. So this isn’t just a guide to spotting when something is fake. It’s a system for slowing down and thinking about information — whether that information is true, false, or something in between.

The Inevitable Decade Of Marvel

The Inevitable Decade Of Marvel

Business, Long Reads, Media

On July 21, 2019, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ became the highest-grossing film ever, on its way to adding nearly $2.8 billion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s $22.5 billion global box office total. The 2010s were defined by this superhero takeover—though the plans for it were laid even before the decade began.

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