Journal 121 — Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop empire, state sponsored trolling, Shakespeare on tyranny, the global hegemony of the English language and The New Yorker on Theresa May

Theresa May at the G7 Summit, 2018

This week - Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop empire, state sponsored trolling, Shakespeare on tyranny, and the global hegemony of the English language.

If you only read one thing - The New Yorker on Theresa May is worth the time.


Theresa May’s Impossible Choice | The New Yorker | Politics

A look at Theresa May's background and experience, and the perilous waters she now has to navigate.

The Big Business of Being Gwyneth Paltrow | The New York Times | Life

An often surreal peek inside the highly successful world of Goop. Gwyneth Paltrow started the business in her kitchen as an aspirational newsletter focusing on fashion and food, but it has now become a 'wellness' behemoth, offering a dizzying array of products and services.

A global guide to state sponsored trolling | Bloomberg | Politics

A sobering examination of the extraordinary array of online trolling techniques conceived, promoted and deployed by states around the world to silence dissent.

The Tyrant and His Enablers | Longreads | Society

Stephen Greenblatt, Professor of the Humanities at Harvard and Shakespeare scholar, examines the author's preoccupation with politics, and more specifically with tyranny and how it comes about.

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet | The Guardian | Society

Far from being under threat as is sometimes claimed, the English language's global dominance appears to be stronger than ever. Not only is it on a user acquisition spree that would make any tech startup jealous, but it has also turned into a "net exporter" of words, infiltrating other languages with Anglicisms. This piece examines these and other ways in which it is asserting its position as the first "hypercentral" language.


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