Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we’ve read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:
Gabe Bullard: I have a confession. I’ve been pretty zoned out around the office lately. Truth is, I’m working on West Coast time. You see, my blog post on a green wall being stolen was optioned for a movie, so I’ve been fielding a lot of calls hammering out the details of the screenplay. This is all a lie. But, it looks as if Hollywood is looking to journalism for inspiration for the next wave of blockbusters. Inspired by the story that inspired Argo, this could become a trend. Read all about it. Read Can Journalism Save Hollywood? (Or Vice Versa?)
Devin Katayama: What’s the last lie you told? Was it via text, on the phone or fibbing your OK Cupid profile? You’ve lied, don’t lie. In fact “according to a 2011 survey, people in the United States do so, on average, 1.65 times a day.” One in 10 text messages contains a lie. Even animals lie to each other—or at least are deceptive with one another.
Despite what you might think of social media, most lying happens in real-time conversations, according to The Atlantic. Of course, it also says lying and stretching the truth is hard to decipher. But because technology increases our opportunity to lie, via social media and technology, so to does it increase the ability to be caught, the article says. In spirit of the article I’ll share three things about me. One is a lie. I’ve gone skydiving in the Swiss Alps, I used to box in New York City, I used to be a stand up comedian. Read How to Catch a Liar on the Internet.
Joseph Lord: If you have any interest in sports, the odds are you’ve spent at least a few hours this weekend watching football—likely on ESPN. The New York Times has been looking into the sports network’s massive presence, including a recent story on how its relationship with the Louisville Cardinals has helped the school’s football program. In this more recent story, The Times looks at ESPN’s expansive efforts to keep itself at the top of the lucrative sports broadcasting game. Read To Protect Its Empire, ESPN Stays on Offense.