The Biggest Story: The Panama Papers reveal how the very rich, influential and famous live in a different world than the rest of us, thanks to firms like Mossack Fonseca, and Fusion with an in-depth look into the revelations.
But a new trove of secret information is shining unprecedented light on this dark corner of the global economy. Fusion analyzed an archive containing 11.5 million internal documents from Mossack Fonseca’s files, including corporate records, financial filings, emails, and more, extending from the firm's inception in 1977 to December 2015. The documents were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with Fusion and over 100 other media outlets by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) as part of the Panama Papers investigation. The massive leak is estimated to be 100 times bigger than Wikileaks. It's believed to be the largest global investigation in history.
Columbia Journalism Review on how coverage of Black Lives Matters fails to capture the nuances:
The report included something of a caveat: “Trump supporters shouted at the protesters as they chanted the slogan of the Black Lives Matter movement, which is aimed at denouncing police brutality and racial discrimination.” Such wording oversimplifies the web of grievances voiced by individuals or groups identifying with the movement. The headline and social language, meanwhile, identified the demonstrators as “Black Lives Matter protesters,” which conflates them with members of the more structured organization.
These assumptions or shortcuts have been widespread. And perhaps they’re unavoidable—the slight distinctions between the organization and the movement are difficult to explain in a news story. And as Cobb detailed in The New Yorker, this messaging conundrum poses real challenges to the future of both—not just news coverage thereof.
Columbia Journalism Review: Black Lives Matter: the movement, the organization, and how journalists get it wrong, April 1, 2016
As a general rule for journalistic integrity, being aware of who and how the term "flood" has been used in the past to dehumanise refugees and migrants in political discourse, and therefore not using the term as clickbait in a headline would be recommended, but here's an article on the city of Vienna walking the line between welcoming asylum seekers and coping with the Social Democrats on the national level changing course in their policy (with much dreaded elections coming up and the right-wing polling well).
Donald Trump is about to become a zombie candidate, and this journalist travelled deep into Trumplandia.
Technology: On how Google ad DeepMind will solve artificial intelligence, AI's learning through playing computer games, 3D printing inching towards being actually relevant.
Gender differences in recognition of group work, or how women who collaborate in scientific publications get fucked over by sexism:
It couldn’t be more different for women. When women write with men, their tenure prospects don’t improve at all. That is, women get essentially zero credit for the collaborative work with men. Papers written by women in collaboration with both a male and female co-author yield partial credit. It is only when women write with other women that they are given full credit. These differences are statistically significant.
The New York Times: When Teamwork Doesn’t Work for Women, January 8, 2016
Millennials don't like supermarkets, but they do like public transport systems, which are terrible in the US.
The Washington Post (!) on the fandom movement after Lexa was killed off in The 100 - the depth and influence feels like an entirely new moment in pop cultural and fandom history, and we'll see where it goes - and this interview with Ricky Whittle after his departure from the show (he is headed to the much-awaited television adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods), on being bullied and seeing his character basically cut out of the show before being killed off.
(also, Empire, lol Ilene Chaiken).
Architect Zaha Hadid passed away this week, and The New Yorker on how she may have just gotten started, as the specific requirements in the field of architecture means that architects peak late into their career.
An interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates, and his run as a writer of Black Panther.
The Guardian interviews Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts).
An interview with Jesse Eisenberg and Joachim Trier (Oslo, 31 August) on their work on Trier's Louder Than Bombs.
Thao Nguyen breaks down the song Astonished Man from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album, A Man Alive.
And some show recommendations for - Australian autumn - Apart from Janet King being back with a second season after two years (with an unfortunate entry into the Bury Your Gays trope), there's Marcella (starring Anna Friel and giving a new home to the much missed Nina Sosanya after Last Tango in Halifax unfortunateness), a new season of Line of Duty, and the intriguing Undercover, which offered about five twists and turns in its pilot episode starring Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester.