Greetings Webtaculators! Welcome to the first issue of Webtacular World. Enjoy.
STORY OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Nelson Mandela Dies
Why: Because the of the most recognized leaders of racial equality passed away at the age of 95. This particular piece of reporting is directly from a leading South African paper. There will be many more interesting pieces about this, but you don’t need me to point you at them.
ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (~30 min. watch/read)
What: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt
Why: Because this is an extremely interesting look into how our global economy works told through the journey of a “simple” cotton shirt.
LAW THING OF THE WEEK
What: FSU’S Jameis Winston Will Not Be Charged for Rape (5 min. read)
Why: The decision to not charge an individual for a crime is just as important as to why an individual is charged for a crime. The reasons why these decisions are made often appear to be due to who that individual is. This seems to be one of those cases.
TECHNOLOGY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: What Went Wrong with Healthcare.gov
Why: Because the Affordable Health Act (“Obamacare”) is one of the largest sweeping changes in recent legislative history, and its rollout has been anything but smooth. This explains why.
MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: 10 Best Movies You Didn’t See
Why: Because you should see these movies.
MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK(~1.25 hr. watch/listen)
What: Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013 Tour
Why: Because Trent Reznor, the main force behind Nine Inch Nails, produced and performed one of the best live shows of the year.
PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (∞ min. look/read)
What: Reuter’s Best Photos of the Year; Buzzfeed’s Best Photos of the Year; Time Best Photos of the Year; Agence France Presse Best Photos of the Year; Roosevelt’s Best Photos of the Year; Yahoo Español Best Photos of the Year
Why: Because photos are pretty, and tell amazing stories. You should look at them.
VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What:No Girls Allowed
Why: Because video games are the largest entertainment sector of the national economy. Until very recently, I thought that only guys played games. This explains why I thought that, and why I was wrong. The piece is also interesting for the broader implications on sex-based advertising.
THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Santa Skin Suit
Why: Because Brian deserves it.