This week — a garlanded journalist speaks on technology and democracy, the Uber CEO’s turnaround plan, the NYPD Special Victims Division, and a profile of US Defence Secretary James Mattis.
If you only read one thing — The Atavist on the troubled life of a crusading investigative journalist is worth the time.
Porambo | The Atavist | Life
The remarkable life story of Ron Porambo, a crusading investigative journalist, whose achievements in reporting riots in 1960s Newark were eventually obscured by his own criminal exploits.
Hugh Cudlipp Lecture 2018: James Harding | The Guardian | Society
The former Director of BBC News and Editor of The Times asserts in this lecture that technology is damaging democracy. The piece is elevated from the multitude of others with a similar theme by its superior writing, wry humour, and effective deployment of numerous case studies from this time of “democratic recession”.
Can Jim Mattis Hold the Line in Trump’s ‘War Cabinet’? | The New York Times | Politics
A profile of James Mattis, the US Defence Secretary, and the last remaining core member of the so-called “committee to save America”, after the recent dismissals of H.R McMaster and Rex Tillerson.
To Catch a Predator | New York | Society
A look at the work of the NYPD’s Special Victims Division and their attempts to bring offenders to justice, as seen through the prism of the Harvey Weinstein case.
At Uber, a New C.E.O. Shifts Gears | The New Yorker | Business
This profile of Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi asks if he can detoxify the brand without removing the company’s competitive advantage.