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This Week in Culture: August 22, 2015

Colbert gets ready for his new roll, the Ashley Madison hack becomes adulterers worst nightmare, Banksy’s new amusement park opens and The New York Times releases a damning report on Amazonian work conditions.


The Recap

A Quick Look Back at the Week

A New Colbert, A New Throne


The Stephen Colbert that hosted The Colbert Report for nearly a decade is no more. That Colbert has retired and the new, network-TV-ready version will premiere on September 8th as host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the second iteration of the show after David Letterman, its creator, retired. Colbert has been given essentially full control of the show, and it’s been a busy and emotional transition for the 51-year-old as he starts all over again, this time on the biggest throne of late night television. Read the GQ cover story on Colbert here.

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The Ashley Madison Hack


Late Tuesday night, hackers dumped 9.7GB worth of names, email addresses, login information and payment data from the site Ashley Madison, the world’s largest site dedicated to helping individuals cheat. The leak encompassed about 32 million users from the site. Then, on Wednesday, a second dump, this one almost twice the size as Tuesday’s, was uploaded online. The stolen data is viewable online and is exposing adulterers, especially with the help of search functions set up by third-party sites. It’s a good time to be a divorce lawyer.

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Banksy’s Park


“The UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction!” reads the tagline for Dismaland Bemusement Park, an art installation/amusement park opening today in Weston-super-Mare, England. The dystopian park is the brainchild of Banksy, the infamous street artist known for biting social commentary. (Watch Banksy’s documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop if you haven’t seen it.) The park features such attractions as Cinderella’s Castle, where visitors can “see how it feels to be a real princess”; a central creek that boasts “an armour-plated riot-control vehicle built to serve on the streets of Northern Ireland, equipped with sniper posts, grenade launchers and now — a children’s slide”; and three large art galleries. The park is open to all for the next five weeks, except “legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation.”

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The New York Times v. Jeff Bezos


Last Saturday, The New York Times released a damning report on the working expectations set down at Amazon, gathered from a mixture of off-the-record interviews and representatives from the company. The report caused quite a stir, especially for its indications of how the company treats illness, work-life balance and women in the workplace. But some in Silicon Valley find the report either over-exaggerated or unsurprising, stating that if you want to run a company like Amazon, this type of workload is expected. On Monday, just as his workers were starting off the week, Bezos himself sent a message to all of his employees about the article.

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Noteworthy Reads

Stories from Around the Web

The New Yorker wrote a beautiful piece on the radicalization of Joan Didion, one of the most iconic journalists living today. The piece profiles her reportage leading up to Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of essays describing California in the ’60s that should be on everyone’s bookshelf. Also, are you smarter than the average reader of The New York Times?

Grantland reported on the relationship between the Miami Heat NBA franchise and the con men of South Florida. SB Nation published a visually stunning longform look inside the Spanish bullring. Also from Grantland, a profile of the retired wrestler New Jack, a notoriously violent and entirely unapologetic remnant from wrestling’s most violent days.

And finally, Rolling Stone published an oral history of Six Feet Under, the HBO show that came just before TV’s golden era dawned. Although it is the less popular cousin of its onscreen contemporaries The Sopranos and The Wire, it arguably laid as much of the groundwork for the current of television.

Editor’s Picks

Advice from the Crew

20 American Movie Theaters Still Projecting Film


We found the movie theaters, universities and museums that use 35mm film projectors to show movies the way the filmmakers intended. Read the guide here.

Film Is Not Dead


Why do some filmmakers still shoot on film? We followed the film from Kodak’s headquarters to the big screen to find out. Here’s what we found.


Something that Caught our Eye

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