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

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This week, the internet upset me and made me sad. Highlights: Black women saved the country from Ray Moore, Emmanuel Macron continues to take on climate change, Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter’s murder case got more complex, 41 million people in the US live in poverty, men don’t understand how they are creepy, YouTube is art, and the internet as we know it is dead.  

1. The Washington Post: Exit poll results: How different groups voted in Alabama

Doug Jones beat Roy Moore in the special election held in Alabama for Jeff Sessions’ old senate seat. A lot of weird things happened in Alabama on election day, like Roy Moore riding away on horseback after casting his vote, and his spokesperson, Ted Crockett, clearly not understanding the law. Jones’ win was HUGE for the democratic party and he owes his victory, in large part, to the 98% of black women that voted for him.

2. The Root: Y’all Don’t Deserve Black Women

After Jones’ win in Alabama, many thought pieces were published on why black women are awesome, and white women are the worst. Here are just a few more pieces about black women from The Root, The Cut, and The Atlantic

3. The Guardian: World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas extraction

The World Bank announced its plan to stop supporting oil and gas extraction at the One Planet Summit in Paris this week. The Summit, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, addressed climate change, and other ecological threats to our planet.

4. Baltimore Beat: Grave Concerns: Will Detective Suiter’s death bring Commissioner Davis down?

In another new twist in Detective Sean Suiter’s murder case, his body was not buried after his funeral on November 29th. Suiter’s murder remains unsolved, the longest of any member of BPD that died in the line of duty, and is highlighting many structural and political problems within the city. The FBI has taken over the case.

5. The New York Times: What’s Next After the Repeal of Net Neutrality

On Thursday the FCC voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality guidelines put in place during the Obama administration. Experts say this most likely means that we will be charged more to access certain websites, and the diversity of websites consumers view will decrease. This is very sad… I love the internet and its ability to democratize information is priceless.

6. The Nation: What’s Going to Save Journalism?

The repeal of net neutrality was a large attack on journalism, and specifically independent journalists and news sources. For the 28th consecutive year, subscription to digital and print publications declined. In the bizarre, fake- and anti-news time we live in, what can save journalism? For many years publications have relied on ad revenue, but this source is in decline,   and some say their success lies in the readers.

7. The Washington Post: CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Ummmm….what?!?! The Trump Administration has forbidden the CDC from using seven words: vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based and science-based. According to the post “in some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of ‘science-based’ or ­’evidence-based,’ the suggested phrase is ‘CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.’” This is so fucked up!

8. The Guardian: A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

The UN just finished a tour of the US investigating its high population of people living in poverty. Currently 41 million Americans live in poverty, a startling number for the wealthiest country in the world. What do these high numbers say about the American dream vs. the reality?

9. Elle: Enjoy Seeing Men Spectacularly Miss the Point of That Viral ‘Cat Person’ Story

Okay, so last week the New Yorker published “Cat Person,” a short story about women having to deal with creepy men. The story has quickly taken over the internet and is now the New Yorker’s most read piece of fiction of 2017. A lot of men are complaining and missing the whole point of the story. Someone created a Twitter account à la “not all men” that publishes men’s responses to the story. 

10. Independent: Can YouTube pranks ever be art?

Yes. YouTube pranks can be art. And personally, I have been advocating for art museums to start buying photos, videos, memes and tweets posted on social media, and social media accounts themselves. Although I don’t agree with the dismissive tone of this article (maybe its because it’s British???) it does make interesting points about how we consume culture… something I am obviously obsessed with. 

Honorable Mentions:

Nobody is Above the Law—A Rapid Response in the case of Robert Mueller’s Firing

Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Department of Justice investigation of possible illegal actions by Donald Trump and members of his presidential campaign, and the efforts to conceal those activities.

TwitLonger: I am Part of the Problem

Morgan Spurlock, the guy from Supersize Me, wrote a piece stating that he perpetuates rape culture. Spurlock is the first Hollywood man to step forward and say this in the wake of Harvey Weinstein. With this act Spurlock is seemingly taking responsibility for his actions, but with the essay begging by stating  “I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next? I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’” it is hard to know if it is a genuine apology, or if he is just trying to get ahead of his own demise.

Buzzfeed: Taylor Swift “Couldn’t Have Asked For A Better Year” And Now People Are Mad

Not that I was not convinced before, but I am not TOTALLY CONVINCED Taylor Swift is totally tone deaf, both literally and metaphorically. After a concert in London, Taylor posted a photo to instagram with the caption “I couldn’t have asked for a better year, all thanks to you. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Can’t wait to see what 28 will be like. See you on tour.” Twitter was not having it and quickly reminded her of the shitstrom that is 2017. Hopefully it will end soon.

*All images taken from reference articles*

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