Weekend reading list – week of February 8, 2016

February 12, 2016

Each week, TP1 shares the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of February 8.

Super Sonic
Sonic the Hedgehog, fast, agile and hungry for more gold rings, is an icon in Sega’s company history. From 2D to 3D, from small screens to large, follow the colourful history—and many identify shifts—of video gaming’s most famous blue mammal.
Read it on Polygon Pocket

Find love with two easy payments of $25,000
Can money buy you love? If you’re a wealthy CEO living in California and have $50,000 lying around, Amy Anderson, founder of Linx, is ready to help. But be careful! In Silicon Valley, lying about the model of your private jet is just cause for a break-up.
Read it on The Guardian Pocket

Say it with a GIF
Did GIFs really arise from the early 20th-century philosophies of Wittgenstein? Yep. In this article, It’s Nice That Editor Emily Gosling interviews Giphy CEO Adam Leibsohm about the future of GIFs as a means of communication. Because when words fail, images can speak a thousand words…
Read it on It’s Nice That Pocket

Journalism vs. PR, the duel continues
Journalist Julien Brault has written an article about the irritating habits of public relations professionals, including ridiculous requests and useless quotes. In response, Pierre Gince, President of Direction Communications Stratégiques, has put his counter perspective down in words.
→ Read Julien Brault‘s article in Les Affaires Pocket
→ and Pierre Gince‘s response (French only) Pocket

Living at the speed of light
Efficiency. Productivity. Speed. Our era is known for packed schedules, elevator meetings and faster download times. If technology is helping us to save time, why do so many of us feel rushed all the time? Does sending an email really save you seconds? Is our accelerated culture really helping you to live better?
Read it on Aeon Pocket

The new FTA website brought to you by TP1
The good people at FTA (Festival TransAmériques), North America’s largest contemporary dance and theatre festival, asked TP1 to completely refresh their website.
Read it on Infopresse (French only) Pocket

This week’s favourite thing
Say goodbye to unrealistic DIY projects and salads in a Mason jar—follow Will Hall’s Pinterest account instead! This New York-based creative director at the Rain agency has created more whimsical themed boards featuring dinosaur erotica, alpaca beauty champions and ventriloquists, among others.

In your earbuds: The myths we need to survive
We tend to think of myths as something from the ancient past. Stories that our ancestors told to try and make sense of the unknown world. But what is our civilization was actually based on those myths? Professor Yuval Noah Harari makes a compelling argument about how these tales helped nations, from ancient Mesopotamia to our modern times, build political and social systems.