Journal 100

Political advertising for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

This week — fears of an impending “infocalypse”, a profile of Thomas Heatherwick, a retired couple that beat the lottery, and a return to a thirty-year-old story in Papua New Guinea. 
If you only read one thing — The New York Times on the Venezuelan political dissident Leopoldo López is worth the time.

Bonus — a post containing ten of the best pieces from the first 100 editions of Journal.


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Journal First 100 Editions — 10 of the best // Journal // Bonus

Ten of my favourite stories from the first 100 editions of Journal.

Can Venezuela Be Saved? // The New York Times // Politics

A profile of the Venezuelan political dissident Leopoldo López, looking at his response to the Chávez and Maduro governments, and his evolving political and personal narrative.

Thomas Heatherwick, Architecture’s Showman // The New Yorker // Culture

This profile of Thomas Heatherwick looks at his career, and recent work on the Vessel, a huge installation in one of New York’s largest and costliest new developments. The piece is waspish enough to keep things interesting, whilst also providing an insight into the rarefied world of star designers and architects.

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse. // Buzzfeed // Technology

A piece about warnings of an impending “infocalypse”, as tools to falsify video footage, images and the writing of real people become ever more sophisticated, and our ability to control their proliferation remains essentially non-existent.

The Lottery Hackers: Jerry and Marge Go Large // Huffington Post Highline // Life

The story of a retiree couple that succeeding in cracking the lottery, through a mixture of maths and the hard graft required to buy thousands upon thousands of tickets. It was almost plain sailing — until they ran into some competition.

The Reckoning // Smithsonian Magazine // History

A piece revisiting a celebrated series of documentaries about the Ganiga tribe in Papua New Guinea and their fractured interactions with Australian prospectors. The author looks at how the story has progressed in the thirty years since The New York Times said of the first instalment — “watching it feels like taking an inspired crash course in economics and cultural anthropology.”