Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of April 30th 2018.
K-pop as a propaganda tool
Until recently, speakers stationed along the border between North and South Korea would broadcast anti-Pyongyang news and weather reports up to three times a day, along with an unusual propaganda tool: K-pop.
→ Read it on The Outline Pocket
How Bossip writes a headline
Bossip, the Atlanta-based gossip website boldly goes where some of its stodgier media siblings fear to tread. What lessons can we learn from their editorial style?
→ Read it on The New York Times Pocket
The wolves of Instagram
Their hero is Jordan Belfort and on Instagram, their feeds display super-rich and ultra-luxurious lifestyles. But what are these self-styled traders really selling?
→ Read it on The Guardian Pocket
Prop food in Hollywood
Whether it happens in a pivotal scene or just provides a delicious background, an eating scene in a movie or TV series is inevitable. Need 36 identical bar stools or a cotton candy machine, a fro-yo dispenser or even hundreds of fake fruits and vegetables? That’s where Prop Heaven comes in.
→ Read it on Eater Pocket
The woman who gave Macintosh a smile
If the Mac is revolutionary—a source of entertainment and not just for home computing, a spark for the imagination and not just a work tool—it’s thanks to the icons designed by Susan Kare.
→ Read it on The New Yorker Pocket
In your earbuds: The Butterfly Effect
This 7-part series about pornography will take you on a journey to unexpected places. In this podcast, write Jon Ronson examines the consequences of free pornography and its distribution online.
→ Listen to it on iTunes
This week’s favourite thing
This is your new favourite #inspirational Instagram account: @AccidentallyWesAnderson, featuring fabulous photos of places that are reminiscent of Wes Anderson landscapes.
Image from Better Than Sure