[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my delicious]
Relatively Interesting Levitating street performers explained – “If you’ve had the opportunity to travel around the world, then at some point you may have encountered “levitating” street performers. The “floating man illusion” is usually set up with one or two people. In both cases, it’s made to look like the performer is floating in mid-air, supporting his or her entire body weight with strength of their hand…”
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life – “When I first met her, she was desperate to tell the tens of thousands of people who tore her apart how they had wronged her and to repair what remained of her public persona. But perhaps she had now come to understand that her shaming wasn’t really about her at all. Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our desire for approval, and that is what led to her undoing. Her tormentors were instantly congratulated as they took Sacco down, bit by bit, and so they continued to do so. Their motivation was much the same as Sacco’s own — a bid for the attention of strangers — as she milled about Heathrow, hoping to amuse people she couldn’t see.”
Totally Mexico! How the Nathan Barley nightmare came true – “Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris’s 2005 TV series was a comedy about a ludicrous ‘self-facilitating media node’ in east London. But 10 years on, it looks more like a documentary about the future”
#DaftPunKonsole – Let’s you play Daft Punk on your keyboard.
Read. Get paid. And don’t give up. Laurie Penny’s advice for young journalists – “11. There is no such thing as ‘objective’ journalism. Strive instead for fairness and accuracy.”
Police from several UK forces seek details of Charlie Hebdo readers – “Newsagents in three counties questioned about sales of the French magazine’s special issue”