The Best Stuff We Read This Week: 3/18
Above: Pool photos by Steve Nesius; Photo illustration by The New York Times
The future of online journalism is at stake in a case starring Hulk Hogan, a married woman, and something called "Bubba The Love Sponge."
"But what is actually at stake here, in what could become a landmark case, is a debate about the First Amendment—whether, as Gawker contends, publications have the right to publish anything deemed newsworthy or whether, as Mr. Hogan contends, even public figures should have an expectation of privacy."
The New York Times: Hulk Hogan v. Gawker: A guide to the trial for the perplexed, by Ravi Somaiya
As the title suggests, this is a more detailed breakdown for those who are unfamiliar.
The baseball world has flipped on its head over an insane parenting tactic, and not in the way you might think.
"But LaRoche isn't just saying he wants to spend time with his son. He's saying a baseball clubhouse is a better place for his son than school. And I'm sorry: That's one of the most absurd things I've ever heard."
"Chances are, if you follow even just one parody account, several more have shown up in your timeline. That’s because the world of Twitter parody accounts is a tangled, incestuous one, where fictional characters constantly retweet other fictional characters — even ones decidedly outside their own universe."
"'Jose Fernandez is a great example. Jose Fernandez will strike you out and stare you down into the dugout and pump his fist. And if you hit a homer and pimp it? He doesn't care. Because you got him. That's part of the game. It's not the old feeling—hoorah ... if you pimp a homer, I'm going to hit you right in the teeth. No. If a guy pimps a homer for a game-winning shot ... I mean—sorry.'"
"These limos had rosewood interiors and were equipped with a fax machine, TV and VCR, a paper shredder, writing desks, a pair of early NEC cell phones, and a cabinet with glasses and the delightfully-named Perm-a-Pub liquor dispensing system, for keeping everyone nice and liquored up while deals are getting done."
Sports Illustrated: The Island of Kawhi: Leonard gives second wind to Spurs' dynasty, by Lee Jenkins
Each Kawhi Leonard anecdote makes him seem like the Chuck Norris of humbleness.
"Leonard earned an invitation to the three-point contest at All-Star weekend, last month, though he turned it down. The only event he attended was Sunday's game, in which he started for the Western Conference. "We got the win," he declared afterward, perhaps the only person who cared—and certainly the only one who defended."
Some weirdos put computer chips in their hands and stuff. It's weird.
"'Unfortunately, Hollywood has told all these stories about The Matrix and Minority Report. So people have these visions that this is evil. But in the real world, it’s not.' Cannon calls for greater scientific literacy to facilitate a better dialogue."
Ooookay, buddy. |ES|