Weekend Read: July 20, 2018


Here are a few standout articles from the week:

Photo by Michelle Groskopf

The Most Important Video Game on the Planet: How ‘Fortnite’ Became the Instagram of Gaming – written by Brian Feldman for New York Magazine (with photographs by Michelle Goroskopf, whose image is on this post).

“If you’re good enough at Instagram, you can find a modeling career. If you’re popular enough on Twitter, you can find a job writing professionally. If you excel at Fortnite, you can find yourself chilling online with A-listers like Drake. All you need is a mouse and keyboard, and enough determination”.

Writing Prescriptions to Play Outdoors – written by Perry Klass, MD for The New York Times.

“The idea of prescribing parks is “probably more common sense than rocket science,” Dr. Zarr said, but it is also based in the expanding scientific literature that shows that spending time outdoors is good for physical and mental health”.

More Screentime for Teens Linked to ADHD Symptoms – written by Rhitu Chatterjee for NPR (with audio).

“The study followed 2,587 10th graders in schools in Los Angeles county over two years. The teens showed no symptoms of ADHD at the beginning of the study. By the end, teens with more frequent digital media use were more likely to have symptoms of ADHD”.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Recode Decode – Interview Kara Swisher (also a podcast).

“I think we have a lot of responsibility. The community, more than two billion people use our products, and we get that with that, a lot of people are using that for a lot of good, but we also have a responsibility to mitigate the darker things that people are gonna try to do”.