The internet is weird. Highlights from this week: Louis CK was accused of sexual misconduct and admitted to it, Ta-Nehisi Coates explained why white people can’t use the n-word, designers are branding countries and taking over the world,  child YouTube is a messed up place, we realize there is (and has been for a long time) a problem with our obsession with artistic genius, and Taylor Swift released Reputation. 

Here are 10 must-read articles from this week.

 

1.VOX: Ta-Nehisi Coates has an incredibly clear explanation for why white people shouldn’t use the n-word

In case you still don’t understand, or need some language to help explain why white people shouldn’t use the n-word.

 

2. The Atlantic: Republican Is Not a Synonym for Racist

…but, if your policies enforce systems of racial oppression then supporting that is a form of racism. See?

 

3. The Guardian: How to sell a country: the booming business of nation branding

Cities and countries all over the world are looking to designers to help them find, or redefine, their identities. Design is taking over the world.

 

4. Medium: Something is wrong on the internet

This is one of the scariest pieces I have read in a long time… and it is about children’s videos on the internet.

5. W Magazine: How the Family-Run Underground Museum Became One of L.A.’s Most Vital Cultural Forces

These days, guided by Karon, Kahlil, and other family members, the Underground Museum is an anomaly in this era of starchitect-designed private museums and foundations: a modest, black-family-run art collective whose convening power is likely the envy of every cultural institution in the country

 

6. New York Times: Louis C.K. Is Accused by 5 Women of Sexual Misconduct

Honestly, people have been waiting for this to happen for a long time. The follow up, C-K’s response to the NY Times is revelatory. Even better: Quartz edited CK’s statement to make it an actual apology.

 

7. New York Times: How the Myth of the Artistic Genius Excuses the Abuse of Women

In the arts, and MANY other industries, our sexual abuse problem is directly related to the way we view geniuses. We can now do away with the idea of “separating the art from the artist.”

 

8. BuzzFeed: Taylor Swift’s Persona Is Not Built For 2017

Taylor Swift released Reputation, but she still isn’t quite sure how her reputation fits into 2017. 

 

9. Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened and we question global worker’s rights (or lack thereof) in conjunction with it.

 

10. The New Yorker: Lessons from the Worst Food Hack of 2017

Do we really need more food hacks? What does the culture of food hacks say about our cultural obsession with aesthetics?

 

Honorable Mention:

Very Smart Brothas: Hey, Y’all, I Met Oprah. Here’s What Happened

I WANT TO MEET OPRAH!!!

 

The Onion: Area Man Afraid Some Woman Might Come Out Of The Woodwork To Hold Him Accountable For Something

Probably.

 

 

*All images taken from reference articles*

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