Every day, we pick three media-related stories we think you should read. These are generally not long reads, but instead lesser-covered topics that deserve some extra love.
1) Why Do So Many Idiots Live In Florida?
It's a staple joke on radio morning shows and late night TV talk shows. "Hey, it's another weird crime story from Florida!"
Whether it's the Florida Man arrested for punching a swan, the man in jail for soliciting sex with a dog on Craigslist or the guy who accidentally shot himself while on the way to an interview at an elementary school, the state seems to be an endless fountain of stupidity.
But this piece on Medium argues that the reason so many stories originate in Florida is that the state has one of the country's most enlightened "sunshine" laws, which means that it's much easier for the press to find these stories than it is nearly anywhere else in the country:
In short, Florida Man is the side product/icing on the cake of a monumental step in our first amendment right to an open and free press. One day, we can only hope these investigative powers will extend throughout the nation, rooting out corruption and exposing the hypocrisy and abuse of the wealthy and powerful. To keep those charged with our highest office to their promise to protect and serve their constituents. This is the cornerstone of good journalism, and with it, a great democracy.
Of course this hasn’t stopped Florida from being ranked as the fourth most corrupt state in the US.
2) You Can Remove Pokemon Go From The Internet
Are you already tired of reading endless rehashed stories about Nintendo's new augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go?" This Chrome browser extension will remove every mention of the game from the internet. At least on your Chrome browser:
Sick and tired of hearing about Pokemon? PokeGone will take care of that! This extension will stop your eyes from seeing grown adults raving on about Pokemon.
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3) How Technology Disrupted The Truth
While it's not quite as obscure as most of the pieces that make on "Pick 3," this long-read in the Guardian about how technology has impacted journalism and news coverage is something everyone should read. Especially in a year when so much of what passes for journalism is clickbait or reworked political talking points:
When a fact begins to resemble whatever you feel is true, it becomes very difficult for anyone to tell the difference between facts that are true and “facts” that are not. The leave campaign was well aware of this – and took full advantage, safe in the knowledge that the Advertising Standards Authority has no power to police political claims. A few days after the vote, Arron Banks, Ukip’s largest donor and the main funder of the Leave.EU campaign, told the Guardian that his side knew all along that facts would not win the day. “It was taking an American-style media approach,” said Banks. “What they said early on was ‘Facts don’t work’, and that’s it. The remain campaign featured fact, fact, fact, fact, fact. It just doesn’t work. You have got to connect with people emotionally. It’s the Trump success.”