The Internet Is Exploding: 10 Must-Read Articles This Week

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The internet is a crazy place. Highlights from this week: 2017 MacArthur Awards were announced, the rest of the country gets to see just how badass Amy Sherald is (something that we, in Baltimore, have known for a while), Northern California is ravaged by fires, Blade Runner 2049 came out, and Eminem rapped about Trump.

Here are 10 must-read articles from this week.

1.  The Independent: Adam Greenfield on emerging technology: ‘God forbid that anyone stopped to ask what harm this might do us’

People are starting to hardcore call bullshit on technology. Adam Greenfield, author of Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life, discusses the implicit ideology of smartphones and other technological devices in contemporary culture.

2. NPR: Poet Rupi Kaur: ‘Art Should Be Accessible To The Masses’

At 24 years old, poet Rupi Kaur is taking the poetry and literary worlds by storm. Her newest book, The Sun and Her Flower, just debuted at number 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. If you have not checked out her work you should, and a lot of it is posted on Instagram!!! Follow her @rupikaur_.

3. MacArthur Foundation: 2017 MacArthur Fellows

The 2017 MacArthur Fellows were announced! Newly minted “genius” Njideka Akunyili Crosby has a show opening at the Baltimore Museum of Art later this month, and will be in Baltimore October 25th for an artist talk!!

4. BmoreArt: Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley are the First Black Artists to Paint Official NPG Presidential Portraits

Amy Sherald is a total BADASS (I can’t stop saying it #sorrynotsorry)! Go Amy!!!

5. Washington Post: U.S. withdraws from UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural organization, citing anti-Israel bias

6. SFGate: It’s now the deadliest wildfire disaster in California history

Northern California is being devastated by the worst wildfires in the state’s history. Oh, and to make things worse a (small) earthquake struck the area on Friday. Follow the SFGate here for live updates.

7. Vox: Why we really, really, really like repetition in music

Pop music is OBSESSED with repetition… but that does not mean it is not complex.

8. 4Columns: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 happened.

9. BETNetwork: Eminem Rips Donald Trump In BET Hip Hop Awards Freestyle Cypher

Eminem attacked Donald Trump in a freestyle rap. It was a lot. People had a lot of mixed feelings, especially considering Eminem’s past treatment of women.

10. Twitter: @channingtatum and @rgay

Channing Tatum and Roxane Gay are apparently “cooking up something.” 

Honorable Mention:

NPR: Trump Pushes Obamacare To Detonation, Forges Path Away From GOP, Democrats
Donald Trump is also still trying to change Obamacare? Ugh.

*All images taken from reference articles*

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