The ultimate literary bucket list: ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die’ (Irish Times)

Irish Times: The ultimate literary bucket list: ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die’. “[James] Mustich is keenly aware that the compendium is bound to be intensely subjective, the product of his own taste, at a particular moment in time. He acknowledges that even when people agree with him about the inclusion of a certain book, they might not like it for the same reasons. This is why 1,000 Books has an accompanying website… where readers can nominate their own favourites.”

PopSugar: The Top 10 YouTube Videos of 2017

PopSugar: The Top 10 YouTube Videos of 2017. “Every year, YouTube releases a list of the top trending videos from across the platform. The reason why I love it so much? It doesn’t just capture the obvious moments of the year that was; instead, it shows the things that people around the world loved so much that they couldn’t help but watch again, things we may have never known about, things that transcend the current events and popular culture that we know oh so well. In 2017, the list was no exception.”

It’s official: “Shitpost” is the word that best describes the internet in 2017 (Quartz)

Quartz: It’s official: “Shitpost” is the word that best describes the internet in 2017. “Each January, the American Dialect Society selects a single word or phrase that best represents the mood and interests of online discussions in the previous year. From a nominee list that included ‘blockchain,’ ‘rogue,’ and ‘digital blackface,’ the society has selected ‘shitpost’ as the “Digital Word of the Year” for 2017.”

BuzzFeed: These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2017

BuzzFeed: These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2017. “Facebook’s major effort to stop the spread of false articles on its platform did not result in less engagement for the most viral hoaxes in 2017, according to an analysis by BuzzFeed News. In fact, the analysis found that the 50 most viral fake news stories of 2017 generated more total shares, reactions, and comments than the top 50 hoaxes of 2016.”

The best Twitter threads of 2017: from MeToo to “Star Wars” and restaurant design (Quartz)

Quartz: The best Twitter threads of 2017: from MeToo to “Star Wars” and restaurant design. “If done well, Twitter threads make for irresistible reading. The long strings of connected Tweets on one topic—whether political analysis, an explanation of the origins of the word ‘dotard,’ or live-tweeting a surreal experience—are an invitation to shake off Twitter’s rapid-fire rhythm and focus. Journalist Virginia Heffner, writing a tribute to the thread form in Politico, described it as ‘a call to something that Twitter culture, in its far-off playful days, used to condemn implicitly: earnest commitment to a train of thought.'”