In the News 28.08.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 28.08.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets compiled by P.F.M.

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets



1. Richard Linklater

“Legend has it that Linklater “discovered” Dazed’s breakout star Matthew McConaughey back in 1992 in a bar in Austin (because, of course). Alas, their first conversation is lost to history. But more than 20 years later, the two friends got on the phone in Austin to talk about lessons learned, Johnny Football, and living in the moment.”

Read the rest of this article at Interview



2. The Crooked Ladder

“The moral of the “Godfather” movies was that the Corleone family, conceived in crime, could never escape it. “Just when I thought I was out,” Michael Corleone says, “they pull me back in.” The moral of “A Family Business” was the opposite: that for the Lupollos and the Tuccis and the Salemis and the Alcamos—and, by extension, many other families just like them—crime was the means by which a group of immigrants could transcend their humble origins. It was, as the sociologist James O’Kane put it, the “crooked ladder” of social mobility.”

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker



3. The Multimillion Dollar Quest to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee

“Brewing for peak flavor requires scientific precision: how finely or coarsely to grind a particular strain of bean, steeped in how much water and at what temperature. All this adds up to a cup of black coffee so dimensional, they believe, that there’s no need to pollute it with milk or sweeteners–and so valuable that it can earn a price tag as hefty as $7 a cup.”

Read the rest of this article at Fast Company



4. In Defense of Tablets

“The tablet is doomed. It was a fad. Who needs one, anyway?
At least that’s the conventional wisdom forming around the iPad and other tablets in the wake of some recent negative sales news. Apple’s iPad sales have been down in the last couple of quarters. Samsung says demand for its tablets has grown “sluggish.” Microsoft’s Surface tablet line has failed to take off.”

Read the rest of this article at recode



5. How Social Media Silences Debate

“Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion and stifling debate about public affairs. It makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they think their views differ from those of their friends, according to a report published Tuesday by researchers at Pew Research Center and Rutgers University.”

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times



6. Is the international monetary system nearing collapse?

“The book speculates about potential future changes to the international monetary system. Today, the main reserve currency in the world — used for the buying and selling of energy, resources, and other international trade, as well as a store of purchasing power for governments, corporations, and international institutions — is the United States dollar. Over 60 percent of countries’ monetary reserves are held in U.S. dollars.”

Read the rest of this article at The Week


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