Casey Newton

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Casey Newton

38 days ago

How Michael Clayton Presaged 2017

theatlantic.com

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61 days ago

From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

newyorker.com

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73 days ago

Six Things to Know About Steve Ballmer, Youth Basketball Coach

theringer.com

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77 days ago

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

nytimes.com

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134 days ago

One of the year's very best essays, whatever your size

Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age

nytimes.com

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175 days ago

Awesome profile

Father John Misty’s Quest to Explain Himself

newyorker.com

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195 days ago

What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey

politico.com

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216 days ago

Silicon Valley: A Reality Check

slatestarcodex.com

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228 days ago

Build a Better Monster : Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance

idlewords.com

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239 days ago

Yes

The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black

thestranger.com

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241 days ago

White Debt

nytimes.com

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299 days ago

YouTube’s Monster: PewDiePie and His Populist Revolt

nytimes.com

Casey Newton

311 days ago

Read this too

So I do think Trump and Bannon are vulnerable: Not because American institutions are so strong and resilient, but because Trump and Bannon don’t seem to understand how weak and pliable those institutions actually are, if you know how to delicately use and manipulate them. And if you only hear in my analysis a hope for the future, you’re missing the cloud in the silver living.

The American Terrible

coreyrobin.com

Casey Newton

311 days ago

Read this

Cut to the current election. We had heard allegations that Trump kept Hitler’s speeches by his bedside, but somehow we normalized that. We didn’t take him seriously because of all the outrageous, clownish acts and gaffes we thought would cause him to drop out of the race. Except these gaffes were designed to distract. This was his secret strategy, the essence of his success — you can’t take a stand against Trump because you don’t know where Trump is standing. You can’t find him guilty of evil, you can’t find him at all. And the tactics worked. Trump was not taken seriously, which allowed him to slip by the normal standards for an American candidate. The mountebank won. Again.

Against Normalization: The Lesson of the “Munich Post”

lareviewofbooks.org

Casey Newton

326 days ago

My Color Story

curbed.com

Casey Newton

326 days ago

How Good Does Karaoke Have to Be to Qualify as Art?

nytimes.com

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326 days ago

How Jokes Won the Election

newyorker.com

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340 days ago

But in all of her monoculture moments, a good portion of the audience missed the intended context of her message and processed it through the same mindset that asks why there’s no White History Month or sees the BET Awards as racist. No one pop star can hope to change so blinkered a reading of the country’s past and present. As Beyoncé put it to Elle, “If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me.”

Beyoncé's Year of Peace and Misunderstanding

theatlantic.com

Casey Newton

356 days ago

Only the willfully blind can ignore that the history of human existence is simultaneously the history of pain: of brutality, murder, mass extinction, every form of venality and cyclical horror. No land is free of it; no people are without their bloodstain; no tribe entirely innocent. But there is still this redeeming matter of incremental progress. It might look small to those with apocalyptic perspectives, but to she who not so long ago could not vote, or drink from the same water fountain as her fellow citizens, or marry the person she chose, or live in a certain neighborhood, such incremental change feels enormous.

On Optimism and Despair

nybooks.com

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372 days ago

Amazing look at how a tyrant of a boss can ruin a newsroom.

What’s the Matter with the L.A. Times?

lamag.com

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380 days ago

Why We’re Post-Fact

granta.com

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383 days ago

We live on a nightmare planet

Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President

nytimes.com

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404 days ago

How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News

buzzfeed.com

Casey Newton

435 days ago

When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence. So pleased to share this one with you:

It has been less than a year since Mazurenko died, and he continues to loom large in the lives of the people who knew him. When they miss him, they send messages to his avatar, and they feel closer to him when they do. “There was a lot I didn’t know about my child,” Roman’s mother told me. “But now that I can read about what he thought about different subjects, I’m getting to know him more. This gives the illusion that he’s here now.”

Her eyes welled with tears, but as our interview ended her voice was strong. “I want to repeat that I’m very grateful that I have this,” she said.

Speak, Memory

theverge.com

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453 days ago

What San Francisco Says About America

nytimes.com

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456 days ago

Ask A Swole Woman: All Exercise is Bad

thehairpin.com

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459 days ago

You could say this exact thing about Facebook today.

In this world, Microsoft stood out. They worked fast, they were aggressive, and they were very cagey. Their strength was never in innovation per se, but in appropriation, improvement, and integration. One slogan that you would hear at the company was that Microsoft made “best-in-class” products. A less charitable way to put this would be to say that upon entering a market, Microsoft would make a product that was better enough than the best out there, and then take over the market. So the quality of Microsoft’s offerings closely tracked the quality of existing offerings.

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Casey Newton

459 days ago

This is great

Yet I’ve come to conclude that the restaurants New York needs are doomed, financially, to fail. That’s because amateur capital backed by magical thinking and a desire for fun distorts the economics for everyone.  New restaurants, with too-easy access to financing from people like me, invest too much in design, tableware, food, and service, driving up every customer’s expectations of every restaurant in a cyclone of unprofitability. Landlords, with enough dreamers to fill their spaces, can command nightmare rents. If restaurants had to be good business ideas, and attract sophisticated investors who mercilessly demanded a profit, there would be fewer restaurants. They would be less cool. The food would be less good.

The Thrill of Losing Money by Investing in a Manhattan Restaurant

newyorker.com

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460 days ago

Gorgeous profile of the NYT food critic

Pete Wells Has His Knives Out

newyorker.com

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471 days ago

The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

thecontrarianblogger.com

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488 days ago

Lol

Inside the Failing Mission to Tame Donald Trump’s Tongue

nytimes.com

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489 days ago

Great piece that closely matches my own experience

How No Man's Sky Is Like Reading

theatlantic.com

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490 days ago

An Open Letter To Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara About Layoffs, Zack Snyder, and Donuts

pajiba.com

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501 days ago

Essential reading about our current political moment.

No one seems to understand why conventional blunders do nothing to Trump.  But in a lot of ways, what elites see as blunders people back home see as someone who–finally–conducts themselves in a relatable way.  He shoots from the hip; he’s not constantly afraid of offending someone; he’ll get angry about politics; he’ll call someone a liar or a fraud.  This is how a lot of people in the white working class actually talk about politics, and even many elites recognize how refreshing and entertaining it can be!  So it’s not really a blunder as much as it is a rich, privileged Wharton grad connecting to people back home through style and tone.  Viewed like this, all the talk about “political correctness” isn’t about any specific substantive point, as much as it is a way of expanding the scope of acceptable behavior.  People don’t want to believe they have to speak like Obama or Clinton to participate meaningfully in politics, because most of us don’t speak like Obama or Clinton.

Trump: Tribune Of Poor White People

theamericanconservative.com

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508 days ago

Scary

How climate change is rapidly taking the planet apart

flassbeck-economics.com

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517 days ago

Micklethwait: Goodbye to All That

bloomberg.com

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517 days ago

Luck Runs Out for a Leader of ‘Brexit’ Campaign

nytimes.com

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517 days ago

A Killing. A Pointed Gun. And Two Black Lives, Witnessing.

nytimes.com

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517 days ago

Death in Black and White

nytimes.com

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527 days ago

Uncharted 4’s Rejected Script Shows What Could Have Been

pointandclickbait.com

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527 days ago

What is The Great American Novel?

latimes.com

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528 days ago

SLAY

At one point, the reactionary pundit Ann Coulter stopped by their table. Wilmore was courteous, but Jones leaned across the table and stage-whispered, “What the fuck is this frightening bitch doing here?” Coulter’s face froze in a rictus, and she soon backed away from the table.

After twenty-five years as a road comic, Leslie Jones becomes a star.

newyorker.com

Casey Newton

534 days ago

This is phenomenal.

We had all these little rituals. Just before we would do a run-through, Ron Leibman would say, “Everything that happens in life happens in this show.” And then I’d laugh, and then we’d start.

Angels in America: The Complete Oral History

slate.com

Casey Newton

534 days ago

Great piece

The stakes for the Post’s success are high. It’s a newspaper that has all the elements in place: a tech-billionaire investor-owner, a brilliant editor, a rich history, and the resources and culture to encourage innovation. In other words, if the Post can’t invent a business model for newspapers, who can?

The Good News at the Washington Post, Trump’s Least-Favorite Paper

nymag.com

Casey Newton

550 days ago

Man with weapons was headed to L.A. gay pride parade

latimes.com

Casey Newton

550 days ago

The site of the Orlando shooting wasn’t just a gay nightclub. It was my safe haven.

fusion.net

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550 days ago

Donald Trump’s Exploitation of Orlando

newyorker.com

Casey Newton

551 days ago

Hard to see the LA Times getting through this bullshit. A shame -- the paper made me want to be a journalist.

The <em>LA Times</em> may emerge from turmoil as a model of digital success. It may not.

cjr.org

Casey Newton

555 days ago

Impressive survey of campus activism.

Carey, like Bautista, went to élite schools on scholarships; she says that, for her, the past few years have been about “unlearning” most of what she had been taught. She put together the symposium without support from the college, in part because she thinks that higher education, being a tool of capitalism, can’t be redeemed. Instead, her goal these days is to help people like her survive college and get on with their lives. “There’s been a shift from explicit racism to implicit racism,” she says. “It’s still racism. But now you’re criticized for complaining about it, because you’re allowed to go to college: ‘What are you complaining about? There’s a black President!’ ”

The Big Uneasy

newyorker.com

Casey Newton

555 days ago

Ugh

So the biggest artists sign contracts that guarantee them money every time they step on the stage, and that guaranteed amount is usually more than 100 percent of the revenue if every ticket is sold at face value. Which means that if every ticket in the venue “sells out” at the face value printed on the ticket, that wouldn’t be enough to pay the artist what they are contractually guaranteed by the promoter for the performance.

Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals …

theringer.com

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