Long Reads Of The Week - 14 December

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | In 'Isis: The Inside Story', an Islamic State senior commander reveals the group’s origins. A report by the Guardian's Martin Chulov.

2 | Is Livestreaming the future of the media? New York Times Magazine's Adrian Chen looks at how the technology was used during recent New York protests, and what it might mean for the future.

3 | The New Yorker's Tad Friend meets the stars of YouTube and Vine, and explores how the entertainment industry is being reshaped by viral videos.

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4 | "Men are testosterone-pickled dick monsters. We just are." Playboy's interview with controversial sex columnist Dan Savage is a thought-provoking (and somewhat jaw-dropping) read about sex in 2014.

5 | From the Verge, Ben Popper on the untold story of Jelani Henry and how the NYPD is using social media to put Harlem teenagers behind bars.