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It’s the End of News as We Know It (and Facebook Is Feeling Fine) Looking for news you can trust?

It’s the End of News as We Know It (and Facebook Is Feeling Fine)

Subscribe to our free newsletters. You probably saw the commercial, ubiquitous across television earlier this year: “We came here for the friends.” The narrator, sounding just a little like a younger Mark Zuckerberg, skipped us through pictures of kids in braces, awkward bands, birthdays. Facebook was telling us its creation myth, and it almost felt true. Wasn’t it that way when we first made our accounts? “But then something happened,” the voice in the commercial intoned, and the screen filled up with “CLICKBAIT” and “FAKE NEWS.” It was a classic crisis campaign. We found ourselves coming back to this commercial as we sat down to write our annual December column about the state of media and Mother Jones’ plans for the year ahead.

On November 6, 2014, Mark Zuckerberg stepped in front of a microphone to announce that Facebook was going all in on news. This was a big deal. It certainly was for Mother Jones. They were sharing, too. Culture - The great writers forgotten by history. What do Agatha Christie’s favourite mystery novelist, the winner of the 1973 Booker Prize, and a writer who reputedly bashed out 100 million words, creating an archetypal schoolboy antihero along the way, have in common?

Culture - The great writers forgotten by history

The answer will cause even the most successful author’s ego to wilt a little. Despite enjoying ample sales and plentiful esteem in their lifetimes, the names of this formerly starry trio – Elizabeth Daly, JG Farrell, and Billy-Bunter-creator Charles Hamilton (pen name Frank Richards) – are today largely unknown, their works under-read or out of print altogether. My Seditious Heart: An Unfinished Diary of Nowadays - The Caravan. ON A BALMY FEBRUARY NIGHT, aware that things were not going well, I did what I rarely do.

My Seditious Heart: An Unfinished Diary of Nowadays - The Caravan

I put in earplugs and switched on the television. Even though I had said nothing about the spate of recent events—murders and lynchings, police raids on university campuses, student arrests, and enforced flag-waving—I knew that my name was still on the A-list of “anti-nationals.” Government Museum Chennai, Museum in Chennai - Categories. What ISIS Really Wants. What is the Islamic State?

What ISIS Really Wants

Paul Ibbotson and Michael Tomasello. The natural world is full of wondrous adaptations such as camouflage, migration and echolocation.

Paul Ibbotson and Michael Tomasello

In one sense, the quintessentially human ability to use language is no more remarkable than these other talents. However, unlike these other adaptations, language seems to have evolved just once, in one out of 8.7 million species on earth today. The hunt is on to explain the foundations of this ability and what makes us different from other animals. Grammar 1.0 The intellectual most closely associated with trying to pin down that capacity is Noam Chomsky. It was a bold claim: despite the surface variations we hear between Swahili, Japanese and Latin, they are all run on the same piece of underlying software. First, it turned out that it is really difficult to state what is “in” universal grammar in a way that does justice to the sheer diversity of human languages. Universal cognition If not universal grammar, then what? Putting our heads together. Faith and Suspicion: On Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Lila’ “Gilead was the kind of town where dogs slept in the road for the sun and the warmth that lingered after the sun was gone, and the few cars that there were had to stop and honk until the dogs decided to get up and let them pass by.

Faith and Suspicion: On Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Lila’

They’d go limping off to the side, lamed by the comfort they’d had to give up, and then they’d settle down again right where they were before. It really wasn’t much of a town.” This is the setting for Robinson’s Iowa trilogy, three novels that span a century of our history. Gilead (2004), Home (2008) and Lila, Robinson’s new book, center on the lives of two ministers—John Ames and Robert Boughton—and their families. The Drone Papers. Street-art-17. On The Blower: London's Lost Pneumatic Messaging Tubes. Pneumatic messaging blows cylindrical carriers in tubes, carrying messages and small items in closed systems, which were pioneered and developed in London in the 1850’s, ironically to support a new electric communications technology, the telegraph.

On The Blower: London's Lost Pneumatic Messaging Tubes

Britain’s first telegraph line went from Paddington to Slough and made headlines in 1844 when it transmitted the news of the birth at Windsor of Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, to London. But it was several years before this technology would catch on outside the railways (which used them to pass train running information along the line). After being exhibited in the Great Exhibition of 1851, telegraph use took off in Britain, providing London with near-instant communication with other cities.

Once the first telegraph submarine cable linked England and France and other parts of Europe in 1852, London was connected near-instantly with its neighbouring countries. Telegraph Bandwidth Limitations Non-Electric but Pneumatic Solution.