Welcome to the Bank Holiday. For your reading delight I present:
• modern dystopias
• some historical perspectives
• the good, the bad and the trashy of social media
And some sex and rafting to finish it all off. But not at the same time. Probably.
And you've got three days to enjoy all this!
This starts off entertaining and informative. And then takes a twist towards the dark side, and becomes distinctly unsettling. Great reporting.
Read this to the end - the power of it accumulates along the way.
I love these little glimpses into fogotten corners of history. This is the tale of the 1920s motor tycoon trying to build his ideal city in South America. It does not go well.
Stuff like this keeps cropping up - and it never fails to amaze me how much difference colour makes to our view of the past.
Social media dynamics
Once in a while, as I'm despairing of Twitter, something like this comes along to remind me how great it can be.
From YouTube celeb to cog in the North Korean propaganda machine. Fame does not necessarily come with discernment or political nous attached.
Kiss and tell used to take time. And now it can happen wile the kissing is still in progress. Who'd be a celebrity?
This is a great, automated solution to trolling. Sure, the trolls will find ways around it - but it'll teach a few a lesson.
Shared as a public service. You can spank me… I mean "thank me" later.
As the summer draws to an end and work beckons, put those full screen, crank up the volume and dream of travelling for a week on a log raft. Dreamy.
See you next week - when I'll be in Asia…