Long Reads Of The Week - 7 September

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | As broadsheet comment writers across the country wound themselves up into dizzy spells over this week’s leaked celebrity nudes, Esquire US offered one of the more balanced responses, with Luke O’Neil arguing that in the age of readily-available internet pornography, for better or worse, “we're always seeking that which is being withheld.

2 | Writing for The New Yorker, Jill Lepore muses on three shocking images from the past weeks: a sniper atop a tank in Ferguson, Missouri, a nine-year-old girl holding an Uzi seconds before she loses control and shoots the instructor dead, and American journalist James Foley kneeling in the sand seconds before his execution. In an essay titled “Watching The Killing” Lepore attempts to ground these images in the reality of her everyday life, while examining the affect of the onslaught of daily images brought to us by the likes of Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.

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3 | As Nightcrawler – Jake Gyllenhaal’s new film about an obsessive crime videographer operating in Los Angeles – is screened at the Toronto Film Festival, The New York Times’ Michael Cieply argues that it is exactly this sort of off-beat film that captures the spirit of the film festival and that the film itself perfectly embodies the dark nature of L.A at night, a time at which feral outsiders and serial killers embrace the shadows.

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4 | As the dust settles around Robin Williams’ tragic suicide, comedian Ruby Wax (writing for The Guardian) argues that the clichéd association between comic genius and depression has to end, disputing the claim that “you have to be nuts to perform – but especially if you’re funny” and comments that none of us (no matter how rude our health) must let a disease define our character. 

5 | An article two months in the making, collating interviews with a dozen journalists, bloggers and former Apple PRs, 9to5mac’s exploration of Apple’s “Mastery Of The Media” is a must-read for anyone interested in just how large a part marketing has in creating a tech monster and in dictating how we live our daily lives.