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Angels with dirty faces

If you want to be more optimistic, close your Twitter account. Bad news is addicting. But don’t completely bury your head in the sand. No one acts in public like they do on social media. People say whatever they want online because they’re shielded behind a mobile screen. Go to the grocery and the sick-spitting […]

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Free the animals 🦁🐘🦓

The design for Animal crackers just got an update. Due to mounting pressure from animal rights group PETA, Nabisco removed the cages from its iconic cracker box. The updated version shows the animals roaming free. The redesign of the boxes, now on U.S. store shelves, retains the familiar red and yellow coloring and prominent “Barnum’s […]

The fate of click-bait

At the heart of the web’s self-destruction is contagious media: crazy cat pics and the entire Buzzfeedification of the internet. Every site, even reputable ones, raced to the bottom because celebrity sideboob and stupid human and pet tricks drove clicks. Writes Tim Wu in The Attention Merchants: “Contagious media is the kind of media you […]

Slow media in, Zombie scrolling out

The tranquil flood of information died after CNN introduced the 24-hour news cycle. But the internet brushed on a new type of disorder onto the information canvass that prevents us from thinking straight. We consumed mindlessly, eating more than we could chew. Our brains got overloaded, dulled out, memories stymied by Google and images that […]

Millennials are turning their apartments into “house jungles”

Hilton Carter keeps 180 plants in his house. Apparently, he’s part of a millennial trend that’s obsessed with houseplants. From The Washington Post: Others prefer the term “urban rain forest” or the cutesy “jungalow.” In this aspirational landscape, outlandishly and photographically lush is ideal, and filling your home with plants is “urban wilding.” In less […]

Watch Mark Zuckerberg testify live before the Senate right here

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify before the US Senate. You can expect the hearing to focus on the manipulation of data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. ‘Move fast and break things’ Can Zuckerberg rectify the damage he’s done to digital oil? We never worry about our privacy until its […]

Instagram tweaks its algorithm to favor fresher posts

Instagram is making tweaks to the algorithmic feed it introduced two years ago. While the social network won’t bring back the chronological feed, it will emphasize newer posts first. You’ll also be able to manually refresh your feeds instead of kicked up to the to while browsing. From the Instagram blog: We’ve heard it can […]

Blame the humans, not the bots, for retweeting false news

According to research done by data scientists at MIT, it is humans, not bots, which disseminate false news. The study began with the 2013 Boston bombings when Twitter spread inaccurate rumors about the aftermath of the events. The three authors of the study then took it upon themselves to dig deeper into the fake news […]

Coping with the maelstrom of news

It’s hard enough to cultivate awareness. We drown in our own ineptitude to sort and curate the noise. Spiralling out of control, we gravitate to the bite-sized headline. Lacking interest in context, we are too impatient to go deeper. Like fast food, we consume information and move on, having forgotten what crap we engulfed. The […]

Drone to the rescue

Lifeguards deployed a drone to save two struggling teenage swimmers stranded in rough seas off the coast of Australia. This is apparently the first time drone technology carrying a flotation device has rescued swimmers. While drones are commonly known for selfies (i.e. dronies), Amazon deliveries, firing missiles, and spying but they can also do some […]

A strange kind of progress

A strange kind of progress permeates our world. While technology advances, privacy seems to take two steps back. Social media exploits openness. While bitcoin promises to disrupt the financial industry to give power to individuals, it smells of chaos and distrust. Perhaps the new world order takes getting used to. After all, it is habit […]

No longer thinking straight

We are suckers for fake news not necessarily because we want to believe it’s true, but because the world has become so chaotic and polluted with noisy opinions that the possibilities are endless. Believe it or not, this is a shark on the freeway in Houston, Texas. #HurricaneHarvy pic.twitter.com/ANkEiEQ3Y6 — Jason Michael (@Jeggit) August 28, […]

67 million viewers

“It’s such an American thing that nothing is real until it’s on television.” – Tom Nichols It doesn’t matter what books we write or discoveries we make. People only remember us if we appear on TV. In Tom Nichols’ case, succeeding on on Jeopardy superseded his professional accolades as a published author, foreign advisor, and […]