The gnostic paradox of young, tech-savvy traditionalists, who see through everything except their own conspiracy theories
Internet harassment doesn’t just stay on the internet any more. Banned from 4chan, the 'net's worst trolls are making life hell for "social justice warriors."
According to a survey using Yelp data, Marylanders and Virginians love Peruvian food, Ohioans love soup, Coloradans love gluten free, and West Virginians love hotdog. Other trends: Read the rest
Meet the professional victimizer.
That tell-tale wedding of relentless hostility and ethical affectation is a peculiar youth subculture spilling out into the open web. Get ready for more of it.
The mainstream media finally discovered the Internet's latest subculture of hostile, cynical, easily-led youngsters. Matt Binder on the narcissists, grifters and creeps arriving in its wake.
There's a fascinating story in the American Buddhist magazine Shambala Sun about the Burmese Buddhists who are killing and harassing their Muslim neighbors. Thoughtful and full of context, it is very much worth a read. Read the rest
: "The Secrets of Strangers," directed by Rocsi Diaz (106th + Park, Entertainment Tonight
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Chris Arkenberg visits an establishment where pop culture and history merge into a light show of singular magnificence.
A web-based hitchhiking platform has been successfully tested in the Lawrence, Kansas
area. (Wooo, Lawrence!) Now, it's expanding to the rest of the country. Read the rest
Not, like, modern misinformation on the Internet, but longstanding cultural myths, with characters and the gravitas that comes with being really, really old. Max Gladstone writes about his favorites at Tor
. I'm a big fan of the origin story of the Maya hero twins
Hunahpú and Xbalanqué, as told in the Popol Vuh. Read the rest
Filmmaker, writer, and trans activist Andrea James
on the current state of post-disruption journalism and its unhealthy addiction to Twitter, and LGBT brain drain.
All this week Pacific Standard will be publishing profiles of people who have "opted out"
— from hippie homesteaders to anti-government survivalists. Read the rest
Pesco's post earlier today
about a cleric who issued a fatwa against one-way trips to Mars got me wondering about how Muslim prayer works off-planet. After all, the timing and orientation of those daily prayers are based on Earth time and Earth geography. Fascinatingly, the Malaysian Space Agency actually convened a conference of 150 Islamic scientists and scholars
to answer those very questions back in 2006. In a video, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first Malaysian astronaut, explains how life on the ISS changed (and didn't change) his religious life. (Thank you, Ty!) Read the rest
recalls her adventures working with porn spambots in the 1990s, and the strange mixture of nostalgia and disappointment that remains.
Today, we are gluten sensitive. In the past, we might have had the vapors, or melancholy, or consumption. Throughout history, some diseases, even ones that are very real, have taken on social meaning and social cachet — becoming part of lifestyle identities as much as they are a part of biology. (And diseases might have a meaning in one social context that they don't have in others. Think about the difference between depression and depression when you are a teenager with a big poetry obsession.) The Fashionable Diseases research project is trying to bring these social meanings to the forefront. They've got a series of podcasts
now, and a conference coming up in July
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In Doylestown, Pennsylvania, there is a poured-in-place castle made of concrete and filled with archaic technology — a museum of tools that people no longer use because they've all been replaced by industrialization. You can visit
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