A glance at U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service will tell you only two important things happened: President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro and also took a selfie with the prime ministers of Denmark and the U.K. Neither of these nonevents should have received the attention they did, but the fact that they did tells us a lot about our media’s priorities.
Linguists are recognizing that, thanks to the Internet, “because” has jumped from being a conjunction to a preposition; probiotics may help cure depression; meanwhile, if Europe’s austerity is an indicator of America’s future, neo-facism is on its way. These discoveries and more after the jump.
The forward-facing camera on smartphones led to an upheaval in the photographic world. Pictures taken of people by themselves are everywhere, and the implications regarding individual vanity, insecurity and interest in the world outside of ourselves are great.