Christopher Burton

Comic book nerd. Mustache twirler. Freemason. Curator of the strange and suspenseful.

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Christopher Burton

2 days ago

Welcome to Poppy’s World

wired.com

Christopher Burton

4 days ago

The Mystery of Roanoke Endures Yet Another Cruel Twist

smithsonianmag.com

Christopher Burton

4 days ago

15,000 scientists give catastrophic warning about the fate of the world in new ‘letter to humanity’

independent.co.uk

Christopher Burton

4 days ago

The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague

atlasobscura.com

Christopher Burton

4 days ago

‘One of the most secretive, dark states’: What is Kansas trying to hide?

kansascity.com

Christopher Burton

4 days ago

The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks

theatlantic.com

Christopher Burton

14 days ago

How Cuba’s Greatest Cartoonist Fled From Castro and Created ‘Spy vs. Spy’

How Cuba’s Greatest Cartoonist Fled From Castro and Created ‘Spy vs. Spy’

atlasobscura.com

Christopher Burton

15 days ago

Spider-Man and His Inker: Wrists Still Going Strong a Half-Century Later

nytimes.com

Christopher Burton

15 days ago

Republican senator: NASA disputes climate consensus. NASA: No we don’t.

newrepublic.com

Christopher Burton

15 days ago

Trump is Leading the Most Corrupt Administration in U.S. History, One of First-Class Kleptocrats

newsweek.com

Christopher Burton

25 days ago

Harlan Ellison Is Sci-Fi’s Most Controversial Figure

wired.com

Christopher Burton

25 days ago

Salvador Dalí’s Rarely Seen ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Illustrations Are Finally Reissued

mymodernmet.com

Christopher Burton

25 days ago

I Gave a Sex Coach Full Control of My Sex Life for a Week

broadly.vice.com

Christopher Burton

25 days ago

Led Zeppelin watch a couple have sex on top of their gold records at a Stockholm sex club in 1973

dangerousminds.net

Christopher Burton

25 days ago

Bend Over, Bro: The Men Who Love Pegging

broadly.vice.com

Christopher Burton

25 days ago

Basil Gogos, Who Painted Monsters With Love, Dies at 88

nytimes.com

Christopher Burton

25 days ago

The U.S. Could Adopt Universal Basic Income in Less Than 20 Years

futurism.com

Christopher Burton

25 days ago

The controversial Jack Chick died a year ago today.

RIP Jack Chick, father of the Satanic Panic

boingboing.net

Christopher Burton

30 days ago

tendentious

Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro Once Wrote A Screenplay About Eating A Ghost

npr.org

Christopher Burton

30 days ago

“Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook to Instagram, the medium refocuses our attention on videos and images, rewarding emotional appeals—‘like’ buttons—over rational ones. Instead of a quest for knowledge, it engages us in an endless zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly but unconsciouly performing. (It’s telling that, while Google began life as a PhD thesis, Facebook started as a tool to judge classmates’ appearances.) It reduces our curiosity by showing us exactly what we already want and think, based on our profiles and preferences. Enlightenment’s motto of ‘Dare to know’ has become ‘Dare not to care to know.’”

How Social Media Endangers Knowledge

wired.com

Christopher Burton

33 days ago

“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”

“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

theatlantic.com

Christopher Burton

33 days ago

"Google targets the brain and our thirst for knowledge. Facebook is trained on the heart and our need to develop empathetic and meaningful relationships. Amazon targets the guts, satisfying our hunter-gatherer impulse to consume. And Apple, with its sleek, sensual products, has its focus firmly on our genitals."

Why is it so hard to ditch Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook?

wired.co.uk

Christopher Burton

33 days ago

"Over the past generation, journalism has been slowly swallowed. The ascendant media companies of our era don’t think of themselves as heirs to a great ink-stained tradition. Some like to compare themselves to technology firms. This redefinition isn’t just a bit of fashionable branding. As Silicon Valley has infiltrated the profession, journalism has come to unhealthily depend on the big tech companies, which now supply journalism with an enormous percentage of its audience—and, therefore, a big chunk of its revenue."

When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism

theatlantic.com

Christopher Burton

33 days ago

"They thrive by mining the private information of the billions of people who use them, many of whom are naïve about the value of what they are giving up with each post or click. But the companies are grudging at best when it comes to being open about themselves.

"Their tendency to show more reserve than the people whom they have encouraged to offer up bits of personal data has been especially striking in recent days."

As the World Tweets, Social Media Chiefs Remain Tight-Lipped

nytimes.com

Christopher Burton

33 days ago

"I remember walking around the city on those days. Lotta hope. Feeling a bit cocky to be honest. But we thought we were gonna change the world.

"Here’s the bad news: we did."

One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end

medium.com

Christopher Burton

34 days ago

"But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy."

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

theatlantic.com

Christopher Burton

34 days ago

"There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called 'continuous partial attention', severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. 'Everyone is distracted,' Rosenstein says. 'All of the time.'"

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

theguardian.com

Christopher Burton

34 days ago

"All of these digital crumbs, so to speak, paint a digital picture of us, which bots, machines, and even data scientists, can lead to our digital makeup. Add to that the evolving technologies of facial recognition and machine learning — this means tech companies might know more about us than we do."

Big brother is here, and his name is Facebook

thenextweb.com

Christopher Burton

34 days ago

The Birth And Death Of Privacy: 3,000 Years of History Told Through 46 Images

medium.com

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