A list of good reads
- Angana Chakrabarti from The Reporter’s Collective writes an important piece on the use of social media to manufacture narratives during the conflict in Manipur—by both the Kuki and Meitei communities.
- Wired takes a fascinating look at how talent agencies invent social media stars for TikTok and Instagram in today’s creator economy.
- Washington Post (splainer gift link) has a fun piece on the surprising number of celebs who have led double lives as secret agents—from chef Julia Child to magician Houdini.
- Quartz reports on new travel apps that are facilitating ‘home-swapping’ for remote and hybrid workers.
- Marian Bull in Slate offers a thought-provoking meditation on the least-favourite chore in the kitchen—doing dishes.
- New York Times (splainer gift link) offers a deep dive investigation into Adidas’ partnership with Kanye West. They knew he was toxic for over a decade.
- Economics Times has a very good reported read on why so many single Indians are swearing off dating apps.
- Speaking of dating, The News Minute has everything you need to know about the latest version of the hook up: ‘situationships’ .
- Three good reads on the Israel-Palestine War: Economist has a first-person account by photographer Ali Jadallah from Gaza who lost four relatives in the Israeli attacks and yet continues with his work. Boston Review has a thoughtful essay on the polarisation of war narratives—by Professor Oded Na’aman at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Vaibhav Vats in The Atlantic (splainer gift link) reports on a surprising source of the disinformation on social media: Hindutva trolls.