The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, January 11, 2014

From the internet’s hostility to women to a politician’s lonely quest for the facts on GMOs, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the InternetAmanda Hess, Pacific Standard

“Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day.” That’s what women are told. But these relentless messages are an assault on women’s careers, their psychological bandwidth, and their freedom to live online. We have been thinking about Internet harassment all wrong.

Citizen AilesGabriel Sherman, New York

When the head of Fox News moved to Garrison, New York, he bought a little newspaper and tried to instill his own brand of American values. Guess what happened next? An excerpt from the book that has the Fox empire in a panic.

A Lonely Quest for the Facts on GMOsAmy Harmon, The New York Times

A Hawaii island council member wades through the science and the passions in the fight over genetically modified crops—and pays a heavy price for his commitment to the facts.

Dan Canton’s Machine Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect

New York’s Working Families Party has built the most effective political operation the American left has seen in decades. Can it duplicate its success in other states?

The Agony of Frank Luntz Molly Ball, The Atlantic

What does it mean when America's top political wordsmith loses faith in our ability to be persuaded?

Marx is Dead, Long Live Marx’s IdeasJohn B. Judis, Dissent

Something called socialism may still come about, but it won’t follow the path Marx laid out.

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