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Commonplace Reading - Issue #24

Johnny JohnnyYes PapaReading Clickbait?No Papa.Hello, everyone. I hope you had a great summer. I took
Commonplace Reading - Issue #24
By Adam Tinworth • Issue #24 • View online
Johnny Johnny
Yes Papa
Reading Clickbait?
No Papa.
Hello, everyone. I hope you had a great summer. I took the most extended summer break I’ve had since university (20 cough years ago), and am feeling both recharged and slightly intimidated by my return to the frontline.
With a little distance, it’s easy to see just how the internet has become a battleground for ideas and minds, as different groups wage InfoWars on each other (pun intended). Tracking and understanding that, and then figuring out what role journalism has to play in it is at the heart of where my research and work is right now - but everybody should be aware of it.
People are out to manipulate us in ways we’ve never experienced before, and we need a dose of health scepticism more than ever. In the end, the battle against “fake news” won’t be won in a tech company or a newsroom, but in homes and coffeeshops and educational institutions, as people learn to challenge what they read.
Congratulations on being amongst the noble few who are prepared to sit back, read deeply and enjoy some good old artisanal hand-crafted links.

Digital Culture
‘I had trained my mind to flit like a nervous sparrow’
‘It’s our time to serve the Motherland’: How Russia’s war in Georgia sparked Moscow’s modern-day recruitment of criminal hackers
The Story of Why I Left Riot Games
Elon Musk and the Unnerving Influence of Twitter's Power Users
Important Researches
Johnny Johnny Yes Papa explained by the internet’s best meme creators
Place Making
Many years ago, when the internet was young and so was I, I was a property journalist. And I used to write quite a bit about the potential impact of the internet on our urban centres. Much of what I wrote has come true, but over a longer timescale than we expected. Here’s three dispatches from the aftermath of that.
Death of a Clone Town
Digital Nomads Are Not the Future
Better Life
How to get human time back from technology
A Guide to Intelligent Reading
Perceptive Profiles
Andrew Sullivan on Jeremy Corbyn, Face of the New New Left
Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?
Best of me
A healthy news diet: how and what we read changes our brain
India's WhatsApp murders - is this a technology or a human problem?
Don't be an influencer: earn influence (a grumpy old blogger writes)
A Video
Ancient Scotland in Vimeo Staff Picks on Vimeo
Ancient Scotland in Vimeo Staff Picks on Vimeo
I was brought up in Scotland, and this makes me really nostalgic for those long-off days. Also, I want to buy a drone. It’s a business expense, right?
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