In the News 27.08.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 27.08.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets



1. In One America, Guns and Diet. In the Other, Cameras and ‘Zoolander.’

“In the hardest places to live in the United States, people spend a lot of time thinking about diets and religion. In the easiest places to live, people spend a lot of time thinking about cameras.”

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times



2. What women want: why big brands are competing to sell us the feminist message

““Brands know they can’t just talk about themselves or broadcast at people on TV ads any more,” says Louise Tullin, marketing director at Unruly, a Spitalfields viral video agency which almost certainly planted the clips you “discovered” on Twitter. It spearheaded the spread of Dove’s ads and Castrol’s “Footkhana” World Cup campaign.”

Read the rest of this article at The London Evening Standard



3. Culture Got You Down?

“Why do serious film fans feel disgusted when another Tom Hanks movie earns $200 million? Why do record-store employees get angry when a band like Comets on Fire comes to town and only twenty-two people pay to see them? Why do highly literate people become depressed when they look at the New York Times best-seller list, and why do anti-intellectuals feel contempt for critics who suggest that The Da Vinci Code is consciously targeted at dumb people? There’s a peculiar disconnect between how people exist in the world and how they think the world is supposed to exist;”

Read the rest of this article at Esquire



4. Downtown is for People

“It is the premise of this article that the best way to plan for downtown is to see how people use it today; to look for its strengths and to exploit and reinforce them. There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans. This does not mean accepting the present; downtown does need an overhaul, it is dirty, it is congested. But there are things that are right about it too, and by simple old-fashioned observation we can see what they are. We can see what people like.”

Read the rest of this article at Fortune



5. It’s time to consider restricting human breeding

“For most people in the 21st Century, however, the idea of restricting the right to have offspring for any reason whatsoever seems blatantly authoritarian. Telling a person when and how many children they can have violates just about every core value we possess in a free society. It’s a thorny issue made even more complicated by the coming transhumanist era, which is almost upon us.”

Read the rest of this article at Wired



6. Robert Lustig: the man who believes sugar is poison

“Politicians have to come in and reset the playing field, as they have with any substance that is toxic and abused, ubiquitous and with negative consequence for society,” he says. “Alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine. We don’t have to ban any of them. We don’t have to ban sugar. But the food industry cannot be given carte blanche. They’re allowed to make money, but they’re not allowed to make money by making people sick.”

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian


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