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In the News 29.06.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 29.06.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
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The Long History Of The Fight Against Uber


“Earlier this week, Paris—the very city where Uber was born, in 2010—was the scene of a series of violent protests against the company and its popular taxi-replacement service. UberPop (known as UberX in the United States) is, in its own app-based way, akin to the arrival of large knitting machines manned by unskilled labor, threatening the livelihoods of a certain class of workers. It took only five years for what once seemed like a fuzzy idea—limos on demand—to become the source of riots in the streets.”

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker


Amy Winehouse Documentary Let’s Nobody Off The Hook


“Barely a year after the death of Amy Winehouse, the hard­living retro soul star turned tabloid obsession who died in 2011 after a public fight with addiction, the singer’s family and record label decided it was time to make a documentary about her legacy.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times


The Digital Media Revolution Will Not Be Televised


“On the back cover of Michael Wolff’s new book, Television Is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media in the Digital Age, his publisher does its best to amp up expectations. Instead of running touts for the book (or for Wolff’s other titles, which include his gossipy Rupert Murdoch biography The Man Who Owns the News and Autumn of the Moguls), it quotes other media outlets slamming the writer. Wonkette is quoted calling him “a mindless jerk” and this magazine once saying he’s “possibly the bitchiest media big foot writing today.” The marketing department then goes in for the hoary cover-line kill: “If you think that’s nasty [insert dramatic pause here] wait until Wolff’s enemies read Television Is the New Television.” 

Read the rest of this article at New Republic

“So much was going to happen, but before any of it did, there was a little girl in Tryon, North Carolina, who wanted to be a concert pianist. Her name was Eunice Waymon; she was black. This was in the late 1930s, when the daughters of poor African American families in the small-town South were not routinely embraced by the classical-music establishment. Not that they ever have been. There was a woman named Florence Price, from Little Rock, a composer who’d had a piece premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; there was the great contralto Marian Anderson, whose father sold ice in the Reading Terminal in Philadelphia and who became an internationally famous concert singer. Mostly, though, classical music was for privileged people, people with connections. White people.

Read the rest of this article at Grantland

“Where 15 or 20 years ago the big trade publishers were, oddly, swamping the market with sort-of-scholarly micro-histories of salt or longitude, they now seem, with exceptions of course, to be tiptoeing away from specific, knotty, deeply researched and nuanced books about things. The sorts of book on which they tend now to rely are investigations of “big ideas”. Their lodestars or exemplars are the Malcolm Gladwells and Daniel Kahnemans and Nicholas Carrs. I do not mean to denigrate those individual authors, rather to say that they produce a particular type of work.”

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian

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