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Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’
A teenager plays Fortnite Battle Royale, a popular online game. Jill Kitchener / Reuters The international health community has decided that if you play video…
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The Masculine Mystique of T
Olivia Arthur/Magnum Photos Bodybuilders in Hull, England, 2017 We live in a time of testosterone. Although the US Food and Drug Administration has approved…
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22 days ago
The New Old Democrats
When political commentators aren’t talking about Donald Trump, they are often talking about how the Democratic Party has “moved to the left.” This is often…
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24 days ago
How Technology Helped Me Cheat Dyslexia
I'm going to tell you a secret. It's something almost no one in my professional life knows. I'm dyslexic. Given that knowledge, my chosen career—writer—might…
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25 days ago
The American Right Wing Had Another Great Week Online
American conservatives online are living in a weird sort of quantum state: They complain constantly of being persecuted across the web, silenced by a Stasi-like…
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26 days ago
Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking
Smith has a gift for editorializing, at length, about any topic tossed his way. Photograph by Eric Helgas for The New Yorker “I’m watching ‘60 Minutes’ last…
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27 days ago
This 3-minute habit changed my life
It seemed mundane at the beginning. On Monday, April 20, 2015, I opened a new spreadsheet on my laptop. I put the days of the week along the top. I put half…
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27 days ago
The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company
When Michal got married in August 2015, her family and longtime friends didn’t attend. The woman who walked her down the aisle, the dozens of beaming onlookers,…
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28 days ago
Young Trumpies Hit D.C.
Illustration by John Jay Cabuay … And D.C. hits them right back. July/August 2018 When Matt Mowers moved to Washington in November 2016, he wasn’t expecting a…
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28 days ago
The Messy Fourth Estate – Trust Issues – Medium
F or the second time in a week, my phone buzzed with a New York Times alert, notifying me that another celebrity had died by suicide. My heart sank. I tuned…
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29 days ago
Twenty years of network science
In 1998, Watts and Strogatz 1 introduced the ‘small-world’ model of networks, which describes the clustering and short separations of nodes found in many…
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‘Ruling Through Ritual’: An Interview with Guo Yuhua
Guo Yuhua A villager from Ji, northern Shanxi, China, speaking with Guo Yuhua, 2005 Guo Yuhua is one of China’s best-known sociologists and most incisive…
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Nicholas A. Christakis @ NAChristakis The real way smart devices are harming kids is by distracting their parents, argues @ErikaChristakis in @TheAtlantic this…
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After a law school shuttered, aspiring lawyers hired real lawyers to sue it
(Illustration by Brian Stauffer) The first wave of panic struck the Charlotte School of Law on Nov. 14, 2016, when the accreditation section of the American Bar…
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4 weeks ago
The divisiveness of design thinking | ACM Interactions
Authors: Jon Kolko Design thinking is “kind of like syphilis,” wrote Lee Vinsel of the Stevens Institute of Technology in a recent widely shared article [1].…
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The Man Behind the Weegee
Mannequins: Weegee with friends in a promotional store-window display at the L.A. Camera Exchange, 1951. Let’s talk about that name first. Or rather, those…
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The Hidden Women of Architecture and Design
Lady Allen of Hurtwood, who popularized “junk playgrounds” across Europe and the U.S., inspects a model of a children’s nursery at the Royal Institute of…
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The Legend Of Mitch Green
Graphic: Elena Scotti (GMG), Photo: Getty A note before starting: This piece contains a lot of conversations that took place many years ago. They’re not…
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Training your product intuition – Merci Victoria Grace – Medium
Product people are obsessed with product intuition and we’ve ceded it to the small group of people who’ve been anointed as product visionaries. This is evident…
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Limn: Refuse and Resist!
Issue 8 Hacks, Leaks, and Breaches » Refuse and Resist! Share Photo: Jim Fischer (Creative Commons) It doesn’t take an anthropologist to tell you that your…
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The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar
John Kidd. Credit Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times S ome 16 years ago, The Boston Globe published an article about a jobless man who haunted Marsh Plaza,…
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Why the Future of Machine Learning is Tiny
Photo by Kevin Steinhardt When Azeem asked me to give a talk at CogX , he asked me to focus on just a single point that I wanted the audience to take away. A…
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Laurene Powell Jobs is investing in media, education, sports and more. What does she want?
Laurene Powell Jobs — like the inventors and disrupters who were all around her — was thinking big. It was 2004, and she was an East Coast transplant — sprung…
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Inside Anduril, Palmer Luckey's Bid to Build A Border Wall
We’re standing on the edge of a cliff on a remote Texas ranch, a long patch of rocky desert stretching out below to the verdant banks of the Rio Grande, a…
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My Secret Summer With Stalin’s Daughter
Wikimedia Commons In 1967, I was in the middle of one of the world’s buzziest stories. By GRACE KENNAN WARNECKE My father, the diplomat George F. Kennan,…
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The New York City Subway Is Beyond Repair
Commuters ride an L train in New York City Lucas Jackson / Reuters The New York City subway is a miracle, especially at 3 a.m. on a Friday night. But the system…
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Kim Jong Un, the 'perfect dictator,' gets ready for the spotlight in Singapore
Kim not only has defied expectations, he has outdone his father in almost every measure of job performance: economic stewardship, military leadership, even…
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This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory – Lynne Kelly | Aeon Ideas
A lukasa memory board. Courtesy Brooklyn Museum/Wikimedia In Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective novel A Study in Scarlet (1887) we learn that Sherlock Holmes used…
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About attention theft – Cyd Harrell – Medium
We just finished a primary election in California, and every day in the past month I’ve come home to 20 or more pieces of mail, almost none of them for me or…
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Russia's new soccer hooligans take to the woods to fight each other
Gian Galang This story will appear in ESPN The Magazine's June 18 World Football issue. Subscribe today! | Leerla en español Over nearly four decades on earth,…
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6 weeks ago
On 10 Years of the New New-Music Scene, and 30 Years of My Own
Clockwise from upper left: Bang on a Can founders Lang, Wolfe, and Gordon; (Le) Poisson Rouge; Judd Greenstein, composer and co-founder of New Amsterdam…
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Why Male Mentors in the #MeToo Era Must ‘Engage More, Not Run for the Hills’
André Chung for The Chronicle David Yousem, a radiologist at the Johns Hopkins U. School of Medicine, meets with two research fellows, Elham Beheshtian (left)…
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Are We Dumb Terminals? – NewCo Shift
Are We Dumb Terminals? The social architecture of our relationship with data is broken. But we’ve overcome this problem before. We should do it again. (cross…
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How Instagram Threads Became the WikiHow for Gen Z
self_maintaining / glowingstaars / selfcarehoneyb / Instagram / Katie Martin / The Atlantic When Sophie, a 13-year-old in Arizona, began eighth grade last year,…
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Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life'
Alexis Moore I logged into "Second Life" in the year 2018 A.D. It still exists, sort of. Residents and businesses began fleeing for more popular social networks…
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The great remove
Photograph by William Mebane T o become a journalist, Rajaa Elidrissi knew she would need a strategy. Growing up in a low-income household in Elmhurst, Queens,…
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The Midwest Writers Workshop Scandal - Indianapolis Monthly
The Midwest Writers Workshop Scandal When a shameful incident at the tiny arts group’s board meeting leaked to the public, it found itself at the center of a…
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What is it like to be the brother of Robert Kennedy’s assassin? The life of the other Sirhan.
Munir Sirhan, 70, outside of his brother Sirhan’s room at the family home in Pasadena, Calif. He and brother Sirhan grew up in this house. They are the only…
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7 weeks ago
Content Strategy in Financial Corporations — An Interview with Lauren Lucchese of Capital One
Lauren Lucchese is the Head of AI Content at Capital One . Lauren’s team designs conversations for the Capital One skill on Alexa and Eno, the first natural…
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keepgoing.org :: The Big Fish
Ten years later, the story of Suck.com, the first great website In August 1995, HotWired, the online publishing division of Wired magazine, was just 10 months…
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The Digital Poorhouse
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang An illustration showing facial landmarks…
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Who Codes for America
On March 15, a new ad campaign appeared on the trains and platforms of San Francisco’s BART system. “U.S. TECH WORKERS!” the ads exhorted in stark block letters…
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7 weeks ago
Blood Will Tell
This article is a partnership between ProPublica, where Pamela Colloff is a senior reporter, and The New York Times Magazine, where she is a writer at large.…
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7 weeks ago
News Then, News Now: Journalism in a Digital Age – Richard Gingras – Medium
Keynote delivered in Bagnaia, Italy on May 25 at “Growing Between the Lines”, a conference presented by the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori, an intimate…
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A Pioneering Heart Surgeon’s Secret History of Research Violations, Conflicts of Interest and Poor Outcomes — ProPublica
Heart Failure Tracking the Decline of a Historic Heart Transplant Program This article was produced in collaboration with the Houston Chronicle . There’s a…
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8 weeks ago
The Literary Roots of the Incel Movement – Electric Literature
Our canon of sad white men’s literature reinforces the idea that male sexual deprivation is a public concern O ne month ago yesterday, Alek Minassian drove…
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Two sons of Rev. Moon have split from his church — and their followers are armed
S anctuary Church — whose proper name is World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, but which also goes by the more muscular-sounding Rod of Iron Ministries —…
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The Catholic Priest Who Became an Orthodox Jew
In March of 1979 People magazine featured an unusual celebrity in one of its brief, punchy articles. While the story, titled “Onetime Catholic Priest Abraham…
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Writing in Buenos Aires by Romina Paula
Romina Paula. Photo by Silvina Frydlewsky by Romina Paula. Translated from Spanish by Jennifer Croft In my childhood I spent a number of my winter vacations…
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The New Passport-Poor
Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca , 1942 In Casablanca , the ex-lovers Rick…
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8 weeks ago
Black KC drivers get more tickets than whites. Race is only part of the problem
Larena Bryant must drive. To cover the bills on the three-bedroom house she owns. To clothe her three children. To pay for doctor visits, gas and groceries. For…
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Rebecca Solnit: The Coup Has Already Happened
A lot of people are waiting for something dramatic to happen, some line to be crossed, an epic event like the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller III that…
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8 weeks ago
White, straight and Christian: Dallas County candidate admits rewarding his kids if they marry within race
Vickers “Vic” Cunningham, a former criminal district judge now in a Republican runoff for Dallas County commissioner, acknowledged Friday that he set up a…
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9 weeks ago
I Tried to Get an AI to Write This Story
What a time for artificial intelligence! Google announced a new AI-powered set of products and services at its I/O conference for developers, including one…
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A Most Violent Year
It was neither the best nor the worst of times. But in contrast to the relative placidity of the 1950s, the events of 1968 opened up previously unimaginable…
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Art Disputes War: The Battle of the Vietnam Memorial
In his article "Art Disputes War: The Battle of the Vietnam Memorial," Tom Wolfe wrote that only 26 of the 1,203 members of the Harvard class of 1968 served in…
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9 weeks ago
The Birth of the New American Aristocracy
Craig Cutler Introducing Crazy/Genius, a new podcast from The Atlantic with Derek Thompson. Eight bold questions—and eight smart answers—about how tech is…
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9 weeks ago
AI Won't Be Quite the Revolution You Expect
Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has said that AI “is more profound than … electricity or fire.” Andrew Ng, who founded Google Brain and now…
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9 weeks ago
A Brief History of the ATM
megawatts86/Flickr/The Atlantic Eyes glaze over when I mention my interest in researching automated teller machines. Yet after I explain why I think they're…
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9 weeks ago
Ep. 5: Karen Kesler/Jonathan Foster and Microsoft's Content Teams
Kristina: Helloagain, welcome to The Content Strategy Podcast. I'm your host, KristinaHalvorson. This podcast is brought to you by ContentStrategy.com and…
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9 weeks ago
“Design Thinking”: Defending Silicon Valley at the Apex of Global Labor Hierarchies | Irani | Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience
249-1544-1-Hamilton CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES “Design Thinking”: Defending Silicon Valley at the Apex of Global Labor Hierarchies Lilly Irani UC San Diego…
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The final act at Nebiolo: the quest for a ‘universal’ typeface (2/2). Dattilo & Modulo
Samples of usage of Dattilo by Pino Tovaglia, from Nebiolo’s specimen ‘Dattilo chiarissimo tondo’ (1973). Courtesy Archivio Tipografico, Turin. The final act at…
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The final act at Nebiolo: the quest for a ‘universal’ typeface (1/2). Forma
Cover by Aldo Novarese. From ‘Qui Nebiolo’ 10 (1969). The final act at Nebiolo: the quest for a ‘universal’ typeface (1/2). Forma In 1965 Milan’s design elite…
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How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists
Illustration by Alicia Tatone When did far-right ideology seep into our public discourse? Mari Uyehara on how the most ardent defenders of free speech allowed…
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10 weeks ago
William Barber Takes on Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump
“I worry,” Barber said, “about the way that faith is cynically used by some to serve hate, fear, racism, and greed.” Photograph by Stefan Ruiz for The New…
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10 weeks ago
The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio
T he strangest Russian political scandal so far this year — a year that hasn’t lacked for them — revolves around a Belarusian escort named Anastasia…
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10 weeks ago
“How Did We Come to Know You?”
Photograph by Jošt Franko Audio: Keith Gessen reads. I was sitting in the kitchen one evening, checking my e-mail, when my grandmother told me she was going for…
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Meet the Young Indigenous Hunters of Taiwan
Cegaw Lrakadrangilra was 23 years old when he killed his first muntjac deer. For three years, the elders of the village had been taking him and his friends up…
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10 weeks ago
Reality TV Coaching and the Reticence of Rob Kardashian: by Lucas Mann
ON THE CREATION OF REALITY TV CHARACTERS AND THE MOST VULNERABLE KARDASHIAN Discussed: An Enormous Pewter Bracelet, Bravery, TLC'S Extreme Poodles, Googling…
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10 weeks ago
I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye
Glenn Harvey I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and…
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10 weeks ago
Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?
A new book blames authoritarianism on politicians entranced by the free market. Illustration by Alvaro Dominguez; photograph from iStock / Getty In London, in…
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10 weeks ago
This Should Not Be A Love Story: Reading DT Max’s Biography Of David Foster Wallace
More than 10 years ago, when I was a sophomore in college, my friend Karina loaned me a copy of David Foster Wallace’s second collection of short stories, Brief…
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The White-Collar Crime Cheat Sheet
Illustration by Francesco Francavilla The phrase “white-collar crime” was in its infancy when criminologist Edwin Sutherland made it his own. In the late…
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The Man Who Cracked the Lottery
Illustration by Francesco Francavilla The file landed on Rob Sand’s desk with something less than a thud. Despite holding the contents of an investigation still…
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10 weeks ago
Yazidi women speak about unethical practices by journalists
Photo by Shawn Carrié One of the most horrific stories to emerge from the Islamic State’s reign of terror in Iraq is the systematic rape and enslavement of…
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10 weeks ago
LRB · Patricia Lockwood · Why do I have to know what McDonald’s is?: Rachel Cusk takes off
Outline by Rachel Cusk Faber, 249 pp, £8.99, May, ISBN 978 0 571 34676 9 Transit by Rachel Cusk Faber, 260 pp, £8.99, May, ISBN 978 0 571 34674 5 Kudos by…
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10 weeks ago
The Spy Who Came Home
“We have to stop treating people like we’re in Fallujah,” Patrick Skinner said. “Just look what happened in Fallujah.” Photograph by Jonno Rattman for The New…
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10 weeks ago
David Chipperfield: ‘Architecture is in a sort of crisis’
“I’ve spent most of my life working in other people’s cities,” says David Chipperfield, whose architectural practice has offices in London, Berlin, Milan and…
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10 weeks ago
Why Silicon Valley can’t fix itself
B ig Tech is sorry. After decades of rarely apologising for anything, Silicon Valley suddenly seems to be apologising for everything. They are sorry about the…
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11 weeks ago
What Is Missing From Rachel Kushner’s New ‘The Mars Room’? Besides Plot.
Novelist Rachel Kushner, at home in Los Angeles, 2013. Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha/LA Times via Getty Images When a particular quotation keeps appearing before…
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