In the News 22.09.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 22.09.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets



1. The invasion of corporate news

“A population of 100,000 is no longer a guarantee that a city like Richmond, California can sustain a thriving daily paper. Readers have drifted from the tactile pleasures of print to the digital gratification of their smartphone screens, and advertising revenues have drifted with them. Titles that once served up debates from City Hall, news of school teams’ triumphs and classified ads for outgrown bikes have stopped the presses for good.”

Read the rest of this article at FT Magazine



2. 100 Ideas That Changed the Web

In his now-iconic 1945 essay “As We May Think,” Vannevar Bush considered the problem of organizing humanity’s knowledge, which he poetically termed “the common record,” in an intelligent way amidst an era of information overload. It was a challenge first addressed a decade earlier by a Belgian idealist named Paul Otlet, whose global knowledge network called the Mundaneum sparked the dawn of the modern information age.

Read the rest of this article at brain pickings



3. The Science of Dreams and Why We Have Nightmares

“Freud’s theories — premised on the idea that the symbolism of dreams encoded the dreamer’s subconscious desires and concerns, often of a sexual nature — were systematically challenged and dismissed over the course of the 20th century, but without much of a viable alternative theory. It wasn’t until Calvin Hall, a psychology professor at Case Western Reserve University, set out to record and catalog people’s dreams in the 1950s that glimmers of illumination began piercing the darkness shrouding this psychological mystery. Randall writes of Hall’s empirical findings, which came diametrically opposed to Freud’s theories . . .”

Read the rest of this article at brain pickings



4. The Last Amazon

“Superman débuted in 1938, Batman in 1939, Wonder Woman in 1941. She was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. A press release explained, “ ‘Wonder Woman’ was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood; to combat the idea that women are inferior to men, and to inspire girls to self-confidence and achievement in athletics, occupations and professions monopolized by men” because “the only hope for civilization is the greater freedom, development and equality of women in all fields of human activity.” Marston put it this way: “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker



5. How Fight Club fought a crisis of masculinity

“David Fincher’s Fight Club turns 15 in October. It’s one of the great subversive coups of mainstream Hollywood cinema; a thrilling primer in pre-millennial angst and part of a wave of films from the era that spoke to an ongoing crisis in masculinity (American Beauty, Trainspotting, Magnolia, American History X). These films all traded stock in the average joe exploring any and all means to subvert a creeping sense of malaise.”

Read the rest of this article at Dazed


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[image : paul costello for domino magazine]