Sunday 8.4.2019 New York Times Digest

1. It’s the Anniversary of Everything!

“Just what is the point of marking them? Is doing so essential somehow for society’s psychological well-being, an attempt to collectivize experience increasingly diffused by the distractions of the internet? Or just more chances for corporations to sell us stuff?”

2. Across Farms, Illness Sleuths Hit Brick Wall

“The surge in drug-resistant infections is one of the world’s most ominous health threats, and public health authorities say one of the biggest causes is farmers who dose millions of pigs, cows and chickens with antibiotics to keep them healthy — sometimes in crowded conditions before slaughter.”

3. Japan’s Women Opt Out of Marriage

“Not surprisingly, the number of births in Japan — a country where few people have children out of wedlock — is also tumbling. Last year, the number of babies born in the country fell to the lowest level since at least 1899, when record-keeping began.”

4. Will the Millennials Save Playboy?

“In the office, members of the staff use terms like ‘intersectionality,’ ‘sex positivity,’ ‘privileging’ and ‘lived experience’ to describe their editorial vision — and tout their feminist credentials.”

5. How Phones Made the World Your Office, Like It or Not

“The telephone began to pervade our lives at the end of the 19th century, and then … it became our lives. Cellphones were a significant inflection point. They made it possible for us to be available at virtually any moment, which was so extraordinary that most of us tacitly accepted that we should be available at virtually any moment.”

6. The Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings

“Nearly all of the orders of Catholic sisters established by the late 1820s owned slaves.”

7. The Artificial Womb Revolution

“There are of course other ethical issues to consider.”

8. Abortion Pills Are Everywhere

“When something that is difficult to get offline becomes easy to get online, big changes are afoot.”

9. Tracy Flick Deserves Much Better

“When Election was first released, it was recognized as a clever satire of American life. Twenty years later, the satire, and the political allegory, seem much darker and deeper.”

10. When Rape Onscreen Is Directed by a Woman

“We shouldn’t turn away from these things.”

11. Facing a Hobby’s Brutal Side

“Mr. Wehrle described board games as ‘little sympathy engines’ because players directly embody a role. Designers should question whom they have players sympathize with, and why.”

12. Is It Time for a Sleep Divorce?

“Women are more likely to be disturbed by the man’s presence in bed than men by a woman.”

13. There’s a State Park Waiting for You

“You never know what you are going to find.”

14. What We’re Reading

Mystery Train is more than rock criticism. It explores the meaning of America through rock ‘n’ roll.”

15. Born Identity

“Social media moves personal milestones, like expecting a child, into the public realm, which pushes people to mark them with ever more elaborate announcements. Proposals and weddings, too, have snowballed into performative spectacles. Tellingly, the visual language of the gender reveal mimics the escalating drama of reality-television finales — as though there are two genders competing to be born, but only one will be revealed as America’s Next Top Baby.”

16. How to Thwart Facial Recognition

“The first is to disappear: go offline and off the grid.… the second option … to flood the system with weird, incongruous data. Wear someone else’s likeness or lend out your own.”

Comments are closed.