Journal 137 — an abandoned town, Vancouver’s influx of Chinese cash, the British Army’s information warfare, a sailing expedition, & Facebook’s defence
This week — restoring life to an abandoned town, Vancouver’s response to a huge influx of Chinese cash, the British Army’s information warfare brigade, and a sailing expedition that ended in tragedy.
If you only read one thing — The New York Times investigation into Facebook’s response to recent scandals is worth the time.
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis | The New York Times | Business
A revelatory piece alleging that while Mark Zuckerberg was on a meticulously publicised apology tour, other Facebook executives were busy working to discredit the company’s critics.
The pioneer of ruin | High Country News | Life
A fine story about a woman on a single-handed mission to occupy the quasi-abandoned town of Cisco, Utah. The story has echoes of post-apocalyptic fiction, evoking as it does the sense of life outside the reach of law enforcement and typical societal structures.
The City That Had Too Much Money | Bloomberg | Society
A piece examining the influx of Chinese cash into Vancouver, and how difficult it is to resist the tidal wave of capital.
Inside the British Army’s secret information warfare machine | Wired | Politics
A look at the British Army’s 77th Brigade and their forays into narrative digital campaigns designed to promote British interests and discredit foes — running the gamut from ‘white’ campaigns operating in plain sight to promote positive news stories, to ‘grey’ and even “black’ operations.
My Father’s SOS — From the Middle of the Sea | Outside | Life
The author writes movingly about her father, who had a lifetime ambition to sail the world in search of adventure. He achieved his dream as a 71 year old, only for tragedy to strike, first indicated by an SOS message indicating pirates had boarded his boat.
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