The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 15-21, 2014
Marissa Mayer’s great failure, troll hunting and how outrage became the default state online. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
From righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.
By Nicholas Carlson, New York Times Magazine
Mayer’s goal was nothing less than to return Yahoo! to the level of the Big Four. She didn’t do it.
By Aaron Sankin
Most people know the Universal Life Church as a quick and easy place to get ordained without leaving your couch. But the history of the church, which emerged in the late '60s, is far more complicated—and fascinating.
By Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair
When a crusading but conflict-averse billionaire bankrolls several of journalism’s most prominent mavericks to create a hard-nosed investigative news organization, it’s a recipe for turmoil. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s differences with First Look Media staff have been all over the press. Two top hires are out the door. Sarah Ellison asks whether First Look Media can make headlines that aren’t about itself.
By Adrian Chen, MIT Technology Review
A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites. Have they gone too far?
By Evan Osnos, New Yorker
Samantha Power has the President’s ear. To what end?