I lived in Freiburg for years but I never knew of this story.
Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté.
Echoing Margaret Atwood’s observation:
If we abandon hope, we’re cooked. If we rely on nothing but hope, we’re cooked. So I would say judicious hope is necessary.
An astute takedown of the political language in a New York Times article.
George Lakoff would be proud.
Cleanup of Silicon Valley Superfund site takes environmental toll | The Center for Investigative Reporting
A terrific piece of well-illustrated data-driven journalism.
On the one hand, this is yet another Snowfall clone. On the other hand, the fact that it’s responsive is impressive.
Adam Curtis usually just pours forth apopheniac ramblings, but this is a really great collection of pieces from the archive on the history of incompetence in the spying world.
Y’know, the best explanation I’ve heard so far of the NSA and GCHQ’s sinister overreaching powers is simply that they need to come up with bigger and bigger programmes to justify getting bigger and bigger budgets. Hanlon’s Law, Occam’s Razor, and all that.
It’s not funny, because it’s true.
I like this idea of slow journalism: taking seven years to tell a story.
Some of the past year’s best long-form non-fiction, gathered together into a handy readlist for your portable epub pleasure.
Excellent journalism combined with excellent art direction into something that feels just right for the medium of the web.
Just a few hours after launch, here’s the first review of Matter complete with some speculation on where it might go.
Photographs from the archive of the New York Times.
Bobbie’s new journalism project is up and running on Kickstarter. Get in there!
A look back at some of the best code for journalism over the past year.
This is one of the best pieces of journalism I’ve read …and it just happens to be posted on a blog. Please read it, particularly if you are a voter in the UK.
An overview of the strategy behind the fantastic Boston Globe website.
Clay Shirky takes a long hard look at the present (and future) of newspapers and—more important—of journalism. A good read.
Much like the Umberto Eco piece I linked to recently, Zeynep Tufecki describes how Wikileaks exposed what so many in the media already knew.
A great piece by Umberto Eco on the real effect of Wikileaks: not in exposing dangerous secrets, but in exposing what we already knew anyway.