In the News 04.03.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
Friday 4th March, 2016
A Complete Collection of Wes Anderson Video Essays
What with the lavish attention he and his collaborators pay to art, design, costuming, framing, composition, and editing — and especially considering the pains he and his collaborators take to reference and adapt pieces of the art of cinema that came before them — who does it surprise that Wes Anderson become such a fruitful subject for video essayists? His films, from the humble feature debut Bottle Rocket and sophomore breakout Rushmore to more recent extensions of his project like Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, can seem made especially for cinephiles handy with Final Cut to take apart, and put back together again.
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How Snapchat Built a Business By Confusing Olds
On a Wednesday in early February, Khaled Khaled, a 40-year-old record producer from Miami, stepped into the garden of his temporary residence at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. As he does most mornings, he gave thanks for another day on earth. “Good morning,” he said to no one in particular. “Bless up.”
DJ Khaled, as he’s more commonly known, was once a minor figure in the music world, a creator of radio-friendly hip-hop hits and the host of a nightly show on one of Miami’s top FM stations. The rap on Khaled was that he could attract talented collaborators but wasn’t much of a musician himself. “Mostly, he just incessantly screams dumb catchphrases,” one Pitchfork reviewer complained. “And he doesn’t even do that particularly well.” This sort of thing weighed on Khaled. The critics, the haters, the people who’ve ignored his career—they didn’t want him to be in such a beautiful garden.
Read the rest of this article at Bloomberg
Welcome to the Land that No Country Wants
Bir Tawil is the last truly unclaimed land on earth: a tiny sliver of Africa ruled by no state, inhabited by no permanent residents and governed by no laws. To get there, you have two choices.
The first is to fly to the Sudanese capital Khartoum, charter a jeep, and follow the Shendi road hundreds of miles up to Abu Hamed, a settlement that dates back to the ancient kingdom of Kush. Today it serves as the region’s final permanent human outpost before the vast Nubian desert, twice the size of mainland Britain and almost completely barren, begins unfolding to the north.
Read the rest of this article at The Guardian
Inside Medium: an Attempt to Bring Civility to the Internet
On an internet full of hurried, scruffy ballpoints, Medium is the web’s fountain pen.
We’re told our attention spans are short. That we cannot focus on anything beyond 140 characters, or without lists accentuated by quirky reaction gifs.
And yet Medium somehow manages to fend off this trend – encouraging the construction of a coherent argument via, primarily, long-form writing. The site is not built to reward clicks, but reads – and in doing so has fostered a different kind of community. It’s almost… nice.
Almost entirely organically, Medium has become an outlet for people who already have the biggest audiences in the world. Think Bill Gates, Bono and even President Obama, who posted his State of the Union address on Medium, in full, before he delivered it to Congress.
Read the rest of this article at The BBC
To Consider Myself a Human Being
How China remembers the Cultural Revolution.
What follows are three excerpts from Ji Xianlin’s The Cowshed, courtesy of New York Review Books. As the publisher notes:
In contemporary China, the Cultural Revolution remains a delicate topic, little discussed, but if a Chinese citizen has read one book on the subject, it is likely to be Ji’s memoir. When The Cowshed was published in China in 1998, it quickly became a bestseller. The Cultural Revolution had nearly disappeared from the collective memory. Prominent intellectuals rarely spoke openly about the revolution, and books on the subject were almost nonexistent. By the time of Ji’s death in 2009, little had changed, and despite its popularity, The Cowshed remains one of the only testimonies of its kind. As Zha Jianying writes in the introduction, “The book has sold well and stayed in print. But authorities also quietly took steps to restrict public discussion of the memoir, as its subject continues to be treated as sensitive.”
The Cowshed is invaluable in its own right as a harrowing story of how the Cultural Revolution played out on an urban campus, but perhaps even more importantly as a glimpse into how those years of turmoil are remembered in mainland China.
Read the rest of this article at Longreads