It’s been a hard year. Here’s some good reading.
2016 was pretty bad. We lost a number of great artists and writers; we dragged ourselves through an endless presidential election; there were terrorist attacks in the U.S. and across the world; numerous police shootings; and then there was Zika and Brexit.
But there was some good. The Olympics turned out pretty great (outside of that whole fake police report embarrassment), there’s this epic rock-paper-scissors battle video that should be mandatory viewing for anyone depressed, Beyoncé made the world “Lemonade,” and India planted 50 million trees in one day.
Another real winner of 2016 was tech journalism, which really shone across the industry. So as we head into the end of the year, we asked you to submit some of the best reads from 2016. We also sprinkled in recommendations from our own reporters and editors.
We hope you enjoy.
- The Wall Street Journal’s ongoing Theranos coverage, by John Carreyrou
The New York Times, by Mike Isaac and Nick Wingfield
- The Financial Times’ coverage of Apple
The Verge, by Casey Newton
Vulture, by Josef Adalian and Maria Elena Fernandez
The New York Times: Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger and Scott Shane
- Machine Bias: There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.
ProPublica, by Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu and Lauren Kirchner
Forbes, by Ryan Mac
Recode, by Kurt Wagner
Motherboard, by Sarah Jeong
Nature, by Kate Crawford and Ryan Calo
The New Yorker, by Tad Friend
Wired, by Cade Metz