Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we’ve read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:
Gabe Bullard: Are you in the mood for an engaging, analytical article? Might I suggest this piece from The Atlantic on how Netflix has identified (or invented) tens of thousands of movie genres? Through some clever coding, the piece reveals how Netflix ends up suggesting you watch four different mind-bending, 1980s romantic comedies. Read How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood.
Devin Katayama: I almost became a teacher. I was close. So this week’s read might be the most comprehensive look I get (also check out some of the heated comments) at why it’s cool and not so cool being a teacher. Part of the problem, the article points out, is that teachers don’t call the shots; or not enough of them. Many educators are surprised by the amount of work that goes into teaching and many don’t see teaching as a sustainable job. Instead its a stepping stone into administration, where pay is higher. Check it out. But those born to teach, please don’t be discouraged. Read Why Do Teachers Quit.
Joseph Lord: NPR’s Code Switch blog took a long, hard look at the role race plays in comic books—specifically, the X-Men. As X-Men fans know, the comics’ narratives generally revolve around the concept that these “mutant” superheroes are marginalized in society—feared, misunderstood, generally not accepted. Yet few characters are racial minorities. Code Switch’s Gene Denby considers what that means. Read Who Gets to be a Superhero? Race and Identify in Comics.
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