The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Sept 8-14
From crowdsourcing war reporting to the death of the grown-up in pop culture, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
By Ian Steadman, New Statesman
The internet brings war and conflict into homes around the world more immediately than ever before, but with the torrent of data, images and videos comes confusion and propaganda. It demands a new kind of war reporting – one which can make sense of digital evidence, and use the decentralised web as a tool for undermining the enforced narratives of the powerful.
By Gary Baum, Hollywood Reporter
Vaccination rates are plummeting at top Hollywood schools, from Malibu to Beverly Hills, from John Thomas Dye to Turning Point, where affluent, educated parents are opting out in shocking numbers (leaving some schools’ immunization rates on par with South Sudan) as an outbreak of potentially fatal whooping cough threatens L.A. like “wildfire”
By Rex Sorgatz, Medium
Thirteen years after 9/11, the World Trade Center is undergoing a massive transformation. What has life been like above the site?
By Jenny Nordberg, The Atlantic
In a society that demands sons at almost any cost, some families are cutting their daughters’ hair short and giving them male names.
By Nathaniel Penn, GQ
Sexual assault is alarmingly common in the U.S. military, and more than half of the victims are men. According to the Pentagon, thirty-eight military men are sexually assaulted every single day. These are the stories you never hear—because the culprits almost always go free, the survivors rarely speak, and no one in the military or Congress has done enough to stop it
By A. O. Scott
A society that was exclusive and repressive is now freer and more open. But there may be other less unequivocally happy consequences. It seems that, in doing away with patriarchal authority, we have also, perhaps unwittingly, killed off all the grown-ups.