Posts Tagged: Vox

"Calm Down," the Movie, Part II

The White House Briefing Room would have been empty if the remaining reporters had anywhere to go. It was the fourth scheduled press conference that had come and gone without so much as a knock on the barricaded door. Before the TVs went out, things seemed to be slowing down. But before the internet went out, there were rumors of infection in the West Wing. By the time the phones went out, there was no doubt.

Among the reporters and low-level aides stuck in this room was a young man. A writer. Others were worried and devastated. He seemed merely preoccupied, his brow furrowed as if he was [...]


Eleven Questions About Explainer Journalism

What is an “explainer”? There are a lot of things out there to read. Some of them are long. Many involve complex, nuanced ideas. That doesn’t have to be the case. When it is the case, it’s a failure of journalists to make news engaging and accessible. An explainer is an article that breaks down an important topic into just the things you care about and need to know. It's unlike all other kinds of articles in that way. If you still can’t understand it, that’s on us. That’s our bad.

How do I know what I care about and what I need to know? Explainers tell [...]


"Calm Down," the Movie

A group of young people return from a week in a remote and disconnected cabin only to find their home city in chaos. Ebola has arrived, and it has gone airborne. Panic and grief overtake these old friends, who don't know what to do. One suggests hiding in her apartment, a converted loft with steel doors, sealed windows, and some canned food. Another offers up his uncle's home in the countryside. One friend, who had been silent since that first abandoned toll booth, interrupts. "We must find him. He can't think we've forgotten."

"Who?" asks the woman with the loft. "We don't have time!" By now even the sirens [...]


The Crucial Context of the Ebola Epidemic

If the supercontinent Pangaea spontaneously reunited, the US would border the Ebola epidemic:

— Vox (@voxdotcom) August 5, 2014

Some other interesting conclusions I can draw from this map:

— Indian food in Antarctica — Easier to drive places — We would need new globes — Next weekend I could be like, "hey wanna take the train to the desert" and everyone would be like, "I don't think the C is running today" — There would probably be a news story that says, "If the supercontinent Pangaea spontaneously broke apart, the US would no longer border the Ebola epidemic"

Really makes you [...]