by Susan Orlean
Spotify: Killing Music & Originality
To understand the danger Spotify poses to the music industry—and to music itself—you first have to dig beneath the “user experience” and examine its algorithmic schemes.
by Mark Manson
Living in the Age of Outrage.
"Today, 20-year-olds struggle to find “safe spaces” on campus, where they don’t have to listen to someone with an opposing viewpoint, or because somebody micro-trauma’d them by raising their hand and disagreed with them in class... Or protesting professors who dare to suggest that, you know, Halloween costumes aren’t actually offensive."
by Rachel Sugar
How Food Network Turned Big-City Culture Into Middle-America Pop Culture
In the early ’90s, a no-budget television network in midtown Manhattan transformed unknown cooks into full-blown celebrities. (This is just pre-Batali being outed as the "Red Menace.")
by Patrick Johnson
The Science of Star Wars Weaponry
Just how realistic are lightsabers, blasters, and ion canons? Nautilus takes a look at the physics.
by Pablo S. Torre
How (and Why) Pro Athletes Go Broke
From 2009: Recession or no recession, many NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball players have a penchant for losing most or all of their money. It doesn't matter how much they make. And the ways they blow it are strikingly similar
by Mara Hvistendahl
Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking
America invented the three-digit credit score. Now companies in China are taking the idea to the extreme, using big data to track and rank what you do—your purchases, your pastimes, your mistakes.
by Michael Hobbes
Millenials: Generation Screwed
A longform, interactive article about why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression.
by Susan Orlean
Inside Hidden Hills: Shangri-La to the Kanye Set
Once a pastoral retreat on the outskirts of L.A., Hidden Hills has of late been the neighborhood Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Drake, Miley Cyrus, and more call home. It’s even become millennial shorthand for a particular brand of fame in the process.