What ‘Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel’ Teaches Us about Technology (The Atlantic)

The Atlantic explores Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, an early twentiethcentury children’s book and ostensible parable for technological change.

The book, and other Burton classics, deal with automation and its effect on jobs and industry. Burton’s texts display an ambivalence to technology and ask the pertinent question: Is progress a good thing? Read more.

The Politics of 2017 Super Bowl Ads (The Atlantic)

The current political divide over President Trump has made it harder for brands to take a bipartisan approach to Super Bowl advertising.

The early release of Budweiser’s “The Hard Way” displays the importance of immigrants in shaping American culture and economy. Though Budweiser denies any political alignment, many brands have responded to Trump with pronounced messages of social justice. Read more.

True Story? The Accuracy of Hollywood’s Recent Historical Films (Information is Beautiful)

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The website Information is Beautiful has turned its attention to 14 recent biopics and other “historically accurate” Hollywood films to judge them for their truthfulness.

By breaking down each scene,  the site can tally an overall grade for the movie. Selma scores 100 percent, while Imitation Game really fails, scoring just 41.4 percent. Check out “Based on a True True Story? Scene-by-Scene Breakdown of Hollywood Films.”

Need to Waste Time? Try These Mensa Puzzles (Scientific American)

puzzleHave a long trip ahead of you? Try solving these games, which Scientific American calls “Mensa puzzlers.”