It's been really hard to find good content this week about anything other than the North Korea/Sony hack. I have strong opinions on how we ought to respond, but they've been better summed up by Mitt Romney and George R.R. Martin (strange bedfellows!) than I ever could. So my only take on the issue will be an article from Grantland this week:
Black Christmas: the spectacle of the Sony hack
The Grantland piece was put together prior to Sony completely folding and canceling The Interview altogether (I may Torrent it this weekend out of sheer curiosity). The perspective here is my favorite of anything I've read on the hack so far, and suggest reading it over some of the more (especially recently) outraged and aggressive pieces.
Is Charles Johnson a Digital Darth Vader?
Up until the cancellation of The Interview, Charles C. Johnson was making a compelling case for being the most hated entity on the Internet this month. I'm sure he's upset that his doxxing and trolling have been overshadowed by Amy Pascal's catty e-mails, but this piece gives some insight as to why we'll probably be hearing from him again sooner rather than later. Charles Johnson represents the faux brand of conservatism, and we'd be better off if more people ignored him and allowed his site to whither away.
Marissa Mayer's continues to fail at turning around Yahoo!
I've never been a Yahoo! guy. Even when it was one of the most popular pages on the web, I was turned off by its terrible, dated design. The NY Times had a great longform this week about her failed efforts to turn around Yahoo! and how time may be running out now that Alibaba has gone public. There's a lot of insight here into why Yahoo! may continue to struggle, but the one I found most interesting and personally relevant is her refusal to hire anyone without a college degree. When you consider the degrees earned by Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates and many others cleaning up in the tech space against Yahoo!, you have to question how she arrived at that being a key determiner of success.
Is Jeb Bush too liberal to win the GOP primary?
I hope not! I'm all-in on a Jeb candidacy, both due to my affinity for his family and his strong stances (which I agree with) on education and immigration. Jeb would be a great president; FiveThirtyEight looks at where he stands on the ideological spectrum and concludes that while he's no more liberal than other recent GOP nominees, the party has continued to veer right which may present a concern.
America's police on trial
Looking at our country through the view of The Economist is always a great exercise. It's detached from our own viewpoint, but typically balanced and considered enough to avoid the base anti-America view in many foreign publications. I have commented ad nauseam about the injustices related to race and policing in America, and The Economist is paying attention, too.