NextDraft: The Day’s Most Fascinating News

Try to read all of the news and interesting content which comes across the internet everyday and you’ll probably give yourself an aneurism before you get past lunch.

But Dave Pell does just that every day. The self-proclaimed “Managing Editor, Internet” travels the internet each and every (well, most anyway) business day, collecting all of the 1s and 0s that are fit to print. Then towards sundown, he collects, summarizes and e-blasts all of it straight to your inbox.

Here’s some samples:

The Secret Family Recipe
Leo Tolstoy probably wasn’t thinking of an American Thanksgiving when he opened Anna Kareninia with this line: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” These days, all families — happy or not — are less alike than ever. In the NYT, Natalie Angier takes a look at the changing definition of family: “Families are more ethnically, racially, religiously and stylistically diverse than half a generation ago — than even half a year ago. In increasing numbers, blacks marry whites, atheists marry Baptists, men marry men and women women, Democrats marry Republicans and start talk shows.” And they’re all coming over to your house for Thanksgiving, which brings us to another quote — this one from Oscar Wilde: “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

Tangled Up in Blue
He decided to install video cameras in his store. Not to protect himself from criminals, because he says he has never been robbed. He installed the cameras — 15 of them — he said, to protect him and his customers from police.” From the Miami Herald, store video catches cops in the act.

Me, Myself, and My Selfie
Of all the inventions marking the rise of the digital era, perhaps none was as inevitable as the front-facing camera. It’s not surprising that modern humans quickly took to the dual role of being both the shooter and the shot, the sharer and shared, the self and the selfie. It has, after all, never been so easy to find yourself. You just have to look at your own Facebook status updates, your own Twitter feed, your own cell phone camera lens. So it makes perfect sense that the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 is Selfie. Selfie is not merely the word of the year. It is the idea of an era.

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