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News Users on Facebook: Interaction Strategies on the Pages of El Paìs, la Repubblica, Le Monde, and The Guardian: Journalism Studies: Vol 0, No 0
The aim of this paper is to study journalistic production and how news users interact with it. More specifically, the approach adopted is an attempt to bridge the gap between the analysis of how news outlets disseminate their news on social media platforms, and that relating to the use of such news within social contexts. To achieve this twofold objective, the content published on Facebook, as well as the interactions of users of four newspapers published in Spain (El Paìs), Italy (la Repubblica), France (Le Monde), and the UK (The Guardian), were analyzed during a period of six months (1 November 2016 – 30 April 2017). The newspapers were selected as quality daily newspapers, in view of their liberal or center-left political orientation, and their common editorial experience, resulting from the production of special issues. The analysis highlights a widespread trend towards light engagement. These readings are supported not only by the data on various interaction practices (likes, sharing, and commenting), but also by those that describe the use of Reactions – or rather, the chance to go beyond the simple Like.
Research  fb  sm  spain  Guardian 
yesterday by paulbradshaw
Helpless by riventhorn
“If you hadn’t insisted on sitting on that damned bench for an hour,” Zhao Yunlan muttered, tugging at the buttons of Shen Wei’s jacket. “Where are you hurt? How did he hurt you?”

“We didn’t linger at the bench that long,” Shen Wei protested, exhaustion slurring the words. “I like… I like the sunlight. It’s always so dark there. Can you blame them, for wanting the sun and the air?”

“You know I don’t. Now answer my damn question.” He got the jacket off one arm, leaving only the shirt with all its tiny buttons, undershirt, belt, trousers, socks, shoes—hell, he’d always loved Professor Shen’s prim appearance, so refined and proper, but he’d burn the entire fucking closet if he couldn’t get down to Shen Wei’s skin in the next few seconds and find him unmarked and unbloodied.

“I’m fine,” Shen Wei said. His head drooped, forehead coming to rest on Zhao Yunlan’s shoulder. “Yunlan.” And then, “Zhao Yunlan.”
guardian  zhao/shen  epfiller 
yesterday by sarashina_nikki
naye: "To have and hold and heal" (Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, 5378 words)
An interesting way to get around SW's biology haha: Shen Wei tries to cure Yunlan's flu with magic and in the process contracts the flu. It's sweet and it's cute, and it's care and comfort for both parties.
fic  guardian  sickfic  established-relationship  shen-wei/zhao-yunlan 
2 days ago by hush
Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature' | Environment | The Guardian
The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a ce...
guardian  english  climate  insects  animals  extinction  research  science 
3 days ago by harcesz
At arm’s length: are tattoos finally becoming uncool? | Fashion | The Guardian
From Adam Levine at the Super Bowl to Justin Bieber’s Vogue shoot, tattoos are having a fashion moment. But that may not make them more sought-after
tatoo  trends  fashion  review  critique  JustinBieber  AdamLevine  Guardian  2019 
3 days ago by inspiral
Our destiny is in the hands of Rees-Mogg’s unfinished robot sidekick | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian
"And yet, the Tories continue to poll ahead of Labour. It’s always encouraging to hear Corbyn boosters honk about how much they’d expect him to put on in a campaign situation. The slightly incredulous response has to be: um, yes?! I should hope so?! I mean, you would hope that anyone might improve on losing to a party that is essentially a gif of someone lighting their own fart and then being consumed by the fireball. Against that sort of competition, you would expect to be able to run one of the more divisive Sesame Street Muppets – ie Elmo – and put on a few points. It’s hardly a kitemark.

As for how the rest of the week was spent, there’s a point at which politicians’ preoccupations cease to be curiosities and tip over into the realm of horrifying psychiatric diagnoses. Kurt Vonnegut wrote his satirical novel Cat’s Cradle after becoming troubled by what he saw as the indifference of pure scientists contributing their theoretical work towards the development of practical horrors such as the atomic bomb. The title referred to the childish game he imagined one of these rarefied individuals playing right at the moment the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. If we crash out of the EU without a deal, I hope someone publishes a coffee-table book detailing each of the irrelevant arguments we had on each day as the Brexit doomsday clock ticked down. T-minus 42 days: was Churchill a shit or not? T-minus 41 days: where do you stand on the Boer war?

There is something truly grotesque about all this playing out as children around the country and the world strike from school to protest against climate emergency. In Westminster, a generation who will never be forgiven don’t even have the thing they won’t be forgiven for on their radar. It is left, shamefully, to actual kids to point it out. With absolute ironicidal inevitability, then, May made the time to criticise the nation’s young for their actions. Apparently, the climate strike “wastes lesson time”. Just to be clear, Prime Minister, on Thursday a party colleague requested an emergency parliamentary debate on Winston Churchill, who literally DIED IN 1965. Can you grown-ups give the kids another lecture on time-wasting, please? And if there’s any time before Brexit left after that, how about a game of cat’s cradle?"
brexit  humour  uk  opinion  guardian 
3 days ago by np
How smart are Gmail’s ‘smart replies’? | Technology | The Guardian
When Seamas O’Reilly responded to all his emails for a week using only Smart Reply, our columnist’s messages suddenly became spookily jaunty. Did his friends spot the difference?
Google  Gmail  SmartReplies  personalaccount  review  Guardian  2019 
3 days ago by inspiral
Trump's emergency declaration is unconstitutional – ask his lawyers | Lloyd Green | Opinion | The Guardian
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US immigration

Trump's emergency declaration is unconstitutional – ask his lawyers
Lloyd Green

When Obama wielded executive power, Jay Sekulow and Noel Francisco cried tyranny

Sat 16 Feb 2019 12.38 GMT First published on Sat 16 Feb 2019 06.00 GMT
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Jay Sekulow speaks in 2015. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

A shutdown averted, a constitutional crisis born. On Friday, Donald Trump declared a national emergency to gain additional funds for his much promised border wall, bypassing Congress and raiding the Pentagon for $3.6bn, already a legally dubious proposition in the eyes of the justice department. So much for Mexico paying.

National emergency: Trump's 'clear abuse of power' faces torrent of lawsuits

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Once upon a time, Trump and his legal minions brayed against unilateral executive actions, calling them tyrannical. Not any more. Barack Obama is out of the White House. Hail Caesar, hello his praetorian.

Take Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal lawyer. In April 2016, in a brief to the supreme court attacking Obama’s unilateral expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program, Sekulow painted Obama as a despot.

Echoing James Madison, founding father and fourth president, Sekulow thundered that the “accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny”. He also compared Obama and his executive order to Harry Truman’s unconstitutional seizure of America’s steel mills during the Korean war.

Earlier this month, Mitch McConnell voiced his opposition to Trump invoking emergency powers. Time flies
According to Sekulow, Truman “violated controlling precedent and abdicated [his] constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law”.

In other words, by expanding Daca without a congressional green light, Obama had committed an impeachable offense.
guardian  usa  politics 
4 days ago by ndf
How the US has hidden its empire | News | The Guardian
The long read

How the US has hidden its empire

The Greater United States as it was in 1941

The United States likes to think of itself as a republic, but it holds territories all over the world – the map you always see doesn’t tell the whole story.

By Daniel Immerwahr

Fri 15 Feb 2019 06.00 GMT Last modified on Fri 15 Feb 2019 13.28 GMT
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There aren’t many historical episodes more firmly lodged in the United States’s national memory than the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is one of only a few events that many people in the country can put a date to: 7 December 1941, the “date which will live in infamy,” as Franklin D Roosevelt put it. Hundreds of books have been written about it – the Library of Congress holds more than 350. And Hollywood has made movies, from the critically acclaimed From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, to the critically derided Pearl Harbor, starring Ben Affleck.


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But what those films don’t show is what happened next. Nine hours after Japan attacked the territory of Hawaii, another set of Japanese planes came into view over another US territory, the Philippines. As at Pearl Harbor, they dropped their bombs, hitting several air bases, to devastating effect.


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america  usa  history  guardian  long-form 
4 days ago by ndf
The early work of groundbreaking photojournalist Gordon Parks – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian
In the 1940s, Parks went from being a self-taught photographer to an in-demand figure in the industry, shooting for Ebony, Vogue, Fortune and Life. For the first time, his formative decade is being celebrated in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington
guardian  photo  gordonparks  americana  history 
5 days ago by AKA
What's the best Windows all-in-one or iMac for illustrators? | Technology | The Guardian
feb 2019, an 'Ask Jack' article titled:
What's the best Windows all-in-one or iMac for illustrators?
Interesting tips and advice and specs
guardian  ask  jack  mac  pc  imac  macbook  advice  tips  work  computer 
6 days ago by piperh
How a Slovakian neo-Nazi got elected | Shaun Walker
In 2013, the far-right politician Marian Kotleba won a shock victory in regional elections. Four years later, he was voted out in a landslide. But now he’s running for president.
shaun  walker  guardian  14th  february  2019  politics  solvakia 
6 days ago by pnjman
qikiqtarjuaq: "How to Lose a Black-Cloaked Envoy in 10 Days" (Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, 6343 words)
Zhao Yunlan has no idea how to handle the Black-Cloaked Envoy’s declaration of love when he’s already got a perfect boyfriend in Shen Wei.

This fic is set in an alternate universe where something goes wrong at the end of the Mountain-River Awl case in Episode 11 and Zhao Yunlan doesn’t get his lightbulb moment about Shen Wei’s identity.
fic  guardian  shen-wei/zhao-yunlan  humor 
6 days ago by hush
china_shop: "When I Was Older" (Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, 4285 words)
Zhao Yunlan stops in his tracks. “Hey, you’re that undergrad Li Qian’s tutoring.” He snaps his fingers. “Shen Wei, right?”
Canon divergent AU where Shen Wei is a Dragon University ""student"" when he officially meets Zhao Yunlan!
fic  canon-divergent  shen-wei/zhao-yunlan  guardian 
6 days ago by hush

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