The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Sept 7, 2014
From giving up on war reporting to world-saving reality shows, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
A Child Called TragedyBy Ayman Oghanna, Al Jazeera
As Islamic State fighters spread terror, Iraq's once diverse society faces extinction
Why I Decided War Reporting Was No Longer Worth the RiskBy Tom A. Peter, New Republic
A war reporter takes a break from Syria, and back among family, someone asks, “So, is your reporting truthful?” She inserted the question the way someone might confront a WWE wrestler about whether what happens in the ring is real. We all know it’s made up. Just admit it.
The Masked AvengersBy David Kushner, The New Yorker
How Anonymous incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson
The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious FamiliesBy Alex Morris, Rolling Stone
While life gets better for millions of gays, the number of homeless LGBT teens - many cast out by their religious families - quietly keeps growing.
The Reality Show That Wants to Save the World (But Probably Won’t)By Kyle Chayka, Medium
“People are unhappy, in the middle of a crisis, uncertain about their future, war everywhere,” Utopia creator John de Mol, the Dutch reality TV auteur who also created Big Brother and The Voice, rattled off to me over the phone before I visited his American set. “Can 15 people who start all over again create a society that is better than the one we live in right now?” I went to find out just how reality TV planned to save the world.
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