Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week


New York Times on Orson Welles and the Birth of Fake News. ‘Many people believed his famous “War of the Worlds” broadcast — but many didn’t. The difference offers a valuable lesson today.

Some interesting sessions at Wired Live yesterday, held for the first time in Tate Modern’s Tanks. Gapminder are seeking to inject greater factuality into information delivery, supported by quizzes and awards.Their project Dollar Street is an original  and insightful piece of consumer insight, as well as an intriguing peek into peoples lives. ‘Imagine the world as a street. All houses are lined up by income, the poor living to the left and the rich to the right. Everybody else somewhere in between. Where would you live? Would your life look different from your neighbours’ from other parts of the world, who share the same income level?’

From The New York Times. Quotation of the Day: A dark consensus about screens and kids begins to emerge in Silicon Valley. “I am convinced the devil lives in our phones and is wreaking havoc on our children.”

From Scientific American : Illuminating the Dark Web. ‘It might sound scary, but the ‘dark web’ is not much different from the rest of the internet. People often think of the dark web as a place where people sell drugs or exchange stolen information—or as some rare section of the internet Google can’t crawl. It’s both, and neither, and much more.’

Had to happen eventually. Influencer Luka Sabbat was sued on Tuesday for failing to live up to an agreement to promote Snap Spectacles on his Instagram account. The Influencer who failed to Influence? 

‘More patrons want to eat at home, and so food chains are renovating their spaces’. Restaurants are shrinking as food delivery apps get more popular. 

From The Conversation. ‘There are no chairs in the Bible, or in all 30,000 lines of Homer. Neither are there any in Shakespeare’s Hamlet – written in 1599. But by the middle of the 19th century, it is a completely different story. Charles Dickens’s Bleak House suddenly has 187 of them. What changed? With sitting being called “the new smoking”, we all know that spending too much time in chairs is bad for us. Not only are they unhealthy, but like air pollution, they are becoming almost impossible for modern humans to avoid.’ Why the chair should be the symbol for our sedentary age.

From Adweek.This Newsstand Is filled with inaccurate headlines you may have seen on social media (NB. reg many be necessary).

From Reuters. ‘Bitcoin, the world’s first and most famous cryptocurrency, celebrates its tenth birthday on Wednesday. Its emergence has spawned a multitude of other digital currencies, brought blockchain technology to global attention, and vexed regulators worried about its crime misuse and weakness to hacking. Here are some major milestones from its first decade.

Snapchat is ramping up its online TV proposition in the UK after snaring 17 media brands to launch content on its new Shows platform, which will include non-skippable ads.

This is wonderful. ‘A third part of the popular series based again on the question: What would these great book covers from the past look like, when set in motion? Even More Covers – A series of 66 animated vintage book graphics’.

And finally, New Zealand Police are back with the latest instalment in their entertaining recruitment ad series. Do you care enough to be a cop?