As 2013 comes to a close, we see best of lists everywhere and think we should create one of our own. As de facto head of this operation I put forth The First Annual FJP Absolutely Arbitrary Best of Everything List: 2013 Edition.
So while arbitrary, these are things we bandied about during the year.
We read/watch/listen a lot. We sit around and talk about how we consume a lot.
We talk about how to digest what we consume. We talk about healthful media diets.
Jihii leads this charge and keeps us honest and relatively sane. Meanwhile, we eat the news.
So here are things that didn’t make the Tumblr but occupies what we read, watched and talked about over the last 365 days. They’re the oddities and peculiarities that caught our interest. Obviously there’s much more but in the spirit of occupying attention for a few moments before passing it along, here’s our abbreviated – and arbitrary – hit list. – Michael
Most Important Presentations on the NSA, Surveillance, What it All Means, Why it Matters and Why You Should Order a Tinfoil Hat Now
Tie, Jacob Applebaum (video), Glenn Greenwald (video) and the Guardian (interactive).
Best Reflection on Women and the Internet
Quinn Nortan, Online and Offline Violence Towards Women.
Best Explainer for Why All Language is Metaphor
The Economist, The impossibility of being literal.
Best Comic Reflecting How Social Media Influences Our Reporting
xdcd: Social Media.
Best MacGyvering by Citizens when Their Government Shuts Down the Internet During Protests
Vice, Protesters Are Dodging Sudan’s Internet Shutdown with a Phone-Powered Crowdmap.
Best Five Percent of the American Public
The Verge, Study says five percent of Americans find the internet pointless.
Best Ad About Covering Up Poo Stink
PooPourri with this ad about covering up poo stink.
Best New Google Streetview Map
Google, Large Hadron Collider
Best Demonstration of Social Media in the 16th Century
The Economist, How Luther Went Viral.
Best Explainer on Whether You’re an Internet Addict
Pacific Standard, We Are All Internet Addicts Now—Just Don’t Call It That.
Best Example on the Highs and Lows of Covering the Marijuana Beat
Center for Investigative Reporting, High on the job.
Best Demonstration of Google’s Global Reach
Techspot, Five-minute Google outage reportedly caused 40% drop in global traffic.
Best Example of Moore’s Law Presented in One Image
Singularity Hub, Moore’s Law is No Joke – Pile of Electronics from 1993 Fits in your Palm Today.
Best Way to Incarcerate A Large Portion Your Population
The Register, Jail time promised for false tweets in China.
Best Waiver a University Makes Students Sign
TIME, Chinese University Asks Students to Sign ‘Suicide Waivers’.
Best Humblebrag about a Newsroom’s Excellent Multimedia Reporting
New York Times, The Year in Interactive Storytelling.
Best documentary about corporate spin, lawsuits and the media that we should have known about and finally just saw on Netflix.
Big Boys Gone Bananas.
Best representative segment of FOX News being FOX News
Spirited Debate, Reza Alslan interview.
Best Analysis of CNN Jumping the Shark
John Stewart, Good Thing Versus Bad Thing. See also, Jay Rosen on why he no longer bothers to criticize CNN.
Best Art Hack of How the Contemporary New Cycle Works
Jonathan Chomko, News Machine.
Best Best of Lists, Journalism and Storytelling Style
Various: Check Josh Stearns on online storytelling, Nieman Storyboard on best narrative, Electronic Frontier Foundation on how MENA activists are fighting governments, Slate on crime reporting, and, of course, Longform’s Best of 2013.