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This week, 17,410,742 Brits favored the Leave. There was a strawberry moon and a summer solstice. Senators blocked gun-control. Chris Brown was sued for assault. Justin passed physician assisted death. Crying Lebron was victorious, but never cavalier. Trump delighted in yelling “you’re fired.” Zits hit Milan Men’s Fashion Week. And a basking Russian bottom became the icon for good summers everywhere.

David Freedman's "War on Stupid People" throws a Molotov cocktail at one of America's most cherished values. Could it be possible that we've overrated intelligence in society? Is this even thinkable? 

When Michael Young, a British sociologist, coined the term meritocracy in 1958, it was in a dystopian satire. At the time, the world he imagined, in which intelligence fully determined who thrived and who languished, was understood to be predatory, pathological, far-fetched. Today, however, we’ve almost finished installing such a system, and we have embraced the idea of a meritocracy with few reservations, even treating it as virtuous. That can’t be right. Smart people should feel entitled to make the most of their gift. But they should not be permitted to reshape society so as to instate giftedness as a universal yardstick of human worth.

Mother Jones have given an entire issue over to Shane Bauer’s four months undercover as a private prison guard. Lighthearted Netflix this is not. This is an investigative piece that will be remembered for years.

The Pew Centre’s State of the News Media 2016 report is out. Spoiler: the state of the news media is not good. 

Why is everybody in America suddenly drinking a sparkling water that’s been quietly and dorkily kicking around the Midwest for decades? Vox has some ideas. 

So short and so sweet, Frank Ocean posted to his Tumblr on Tuesday—about the first time he heard the word “transgender,” about the last time he saw his dad, about god, about being well in mind and in body, and really, about Orlando.

For The New Republic, Jessica Nordell takes aim at the popular practice of giving AI assistants female voices—the latest of which was Siri’s sister platform, Viv—reinforcing the unconscious bias that executive assistants are better as women too. Like, did you know that Siri is Norse for “beautiful woman who leads you to victory”? Annoying.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is in Playboy talking disdain for Hillary, Toni Morrison and designs to be a quieter man.

Sarah Koenig’s dissection of her reporting methods on an episode of Serial, diving forensically through contextless stacks of data to surface narratives nobody else is seeing, is fascinating even if you’re burned out on the show itself. 

Although fans of his writing, we had yet to listen to Paul Ford’s Track Changes podcast until this week. Here he is in conversation with Virginia Heffernan, who recently released her book Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art. The two are a perfect match, playfully exploring the phenomenological richness of digital life in a way that makes such lightheartedness seem essential.

The June issue of e-flux presents various dimensions of Silicon Valley’s relationship to art. Douglas Coupland jumps right in, claiming that the Valley has no outright contempt for the art world, but rather, the interaction is less deliberate; the culture of technology is so concentrated that it must also become the new vanguard of art. But is this rush to categorize a contemporary phenomenon  itself a symptom of our technologically-induced collective proclivity for systematization? Does that prove Coupland’s point?

It was already easy to laugh, with the rest of the internet, at Tribune Publishing’s bizarre mutation into “Tronc.” Now they’ve produced a video that helps us in this task. Apparently, their business plan involves feeding all challenges into a giant X and enjoying audience and success on the other side. Neat!
Bye for now, little ice cream sandwiches.

(Oh, also, no OP next Friday, we’re too Canadian for that.
Back in two weeks!)
The Overprint is a weekly newsletter from The Alpine Review. It's put together by Anna DuckworthEli Burnstein, John Di Palma, Patrick Pittman, and Chris Lange.
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