This Week’s Reads: Trying not to overdo the journalism news and the best story yet about #thedress

This Weeks Read ImageI am very sorry to have missed my Wednesday tutorial. I was busy preparing some things for Thursday and I just didn’t get to a tutorial. Perhaps next week I will produce the best Awkward Girl’s Guide you’ve ever seen. It seems unlikely but it could happen.  Nonetheless, here I am with my reading list as always. I also recently realized I haven’t read a whole book yet this year, so stay tuned for some long form reading showing up on the list in the future.

This week’s reads originally were very majorly about journalism. I curated those articles down a little and put some other things in because I realize that very few people want to read all about journalism and even if they do, that’s what Media Monday is for. So here is my list. Forgive any extraordinary typos; I’m working with an evil headache and I am SURE my proofreading skills are lower than usual.

Journalists flock together on Twitter, study finds– Aside from the “birds of a feather” Twitter reference, this study is very interesting. As journalism changes and evolves in the online environment, it’s interesting to see how traditional and non-traditional companies interact with each other. They are sticking with similar organizations, which doesn’t surprise me that much, but it is interesting to consider.

At Museo del Prado, Blind Visitors Can Touch Masterpieces– This was a last minute addition to my list, but I found it so beautiful that I had to find a place for it. Art is a beautiful part of life that those with impaired vision have just had to imagine, but with a dash of science and new techniques, hopefully accessible art will become more and more common. I’d be interested to try viewing art this way and seeing what it is like.

Buzzfeed’s Record-Breaking Obama Video Due to Earned Media Not Social– When I think of Buzzfeed I think social, but this was an interesting analysis of how more traditional media relationships played a part in the numbers of views Obama’s most recent collaboration video got. Shares and virality is important, but sometimes the old-fashioned style of media sharing can have just as big of an impact. This is less helpful for people/companies who have more trouble garnering media coverages (unlike the President of the United States).

Gate-keepers– Just a short little piece about the origins of the “gate” suffix and it’s overuse. This is a personal pet peeve of mine, so I felt a little vindicated by this article. The best part was the chart though. For me it helped show how ineffective “gate” is if it is used all the time.

10 Years Later, A Pair Of Strangers Revisit What Might Have Been Lost– What can I say, this was just a beautiful story about finding friends among strangers, being reached out to when you are on the brink and finding reasons to live. Empathy goes a long way, my friends.

Salvation Army puts #thedress in new light with powerful domestic violence ad– This is the best way I could possibly imagine #thedress being used. When ridiculous internet trends get put to good use, my heart sings. I am not exaggerating, this was such a powerful use of social media I want to cry a little.

The slow death of the home cooked meal– One of the biggest joys of my day is cooking homemade dinner, even if it’s just for me. I am not very domestic as a rule, but I like to cook. At the end of a long day, pulling out the pots and pans and slicing and dicing on my cutting board is calming and peaceful. Are there days that I go for something easier because of time restraints, yes. And I definitely get the angle of this article that puts it to time. I use a lot of time when I decide to cook myself (from buying the proper ingredients to clean up). I think, it’s time well spent for me because it is relaxing and helps me slow down and calm my thinking. Obviously this probably doesn’t work for everyone, but I think bringing back the home cooked meal is worth a try.

The seven racist e-mails that the Justice Department highlighted in its report on the Ferguson police– Maybe it’s because I don’t have a TV, but I feel like I haven’t heard much about this story yet and I think it’s very important. For the naysayers who were spouting that Ferguson police were completely unbiased by race, I think these emails point out that this wasn’t exactly the case and that’s pretty noteworthy. Racist jokes on company time combined with stats that just  don’t line up should make us think even more about white privilege and how it is real and pervasive.


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