In this week’s round-up, we’ve been reading about the empty promises of utopian architecture, and we’ve been busy browsing the Roads & Kingdoms online magazine that combines food, travel, and politics. We hear how Youtube streaming is the new pirate radio, and about the 1970s techies who foresaw the dangers of computer data—if only we had listened. The last item is a record of just how badly things can go when the right data is in the wrong hands.
- 1 Kunlé Adeyemi was received with international acclaim from the architectural community for his waterborne school in a Lagos slum—a beautiful solution to a real-world problem. But slowly and surely, Things Fall Apart.
- 2 Reporting on food, travel, politics, and everything in between, Roads and Kingdoms is a treasure trove of international reportage. American TV chef Anthony Bourdain curates his own selection of politically-inclined long-form dispatches for them: give A Death in the Winelands a taste.
- 3 “There should be no transfer of data from one agency to another and no sale of information under any circumstance,” states the 1972 Computer People for Peace manifesto. A little late hearing it now—but worth a read all the same.
- 4 No longer just a space for teen vloggers and cat videos, Youtube has started to see a new breed of users testing the waters. Pirate radio stations have sprung up on its live-streaming service, providing an alternative to the giants of the streaming world.
- 5 The ridiculous pouf of hair, the pout, the orange skin and white, squinty eyes; it can only be one man. And every magazine have offered their own take on his truly unique appearance—have a look at some of the best, in this Visual History.
Hopefully you enjoyed the reads from this week’s Link List, but if you’ve still got an internet itch to scratch, you can find more here.
Photography: Max Wanger