Long Reads Of The Week: Inside Amazon, Wikipedia's War And China's Art Attack

Five great reads you may have missed from around the web

The New York Times looks inside the cuthroat and competitive white collar working world of online retail behemoth Amazon. It's not only enlightening as a glimpse into what it might be like to work for a company like this, but more worryingly for its suggestion that this is the shape of things to come for the rest of us.

Another of the world's most influential websites, Wikipedia, is the focus of an Atlantic feature examining the struggle to keep certain pages away from the clutches of big business and financial influence. It's a technical read at times, but a reminder just how much we all rely on the good and often unheralded work of Wiki's volunteer editors.

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As the Straight Outta Compton film picks up unexpectedly good reviews, Gawker looks at the darker side of the NWA story through the eyes of journalist Dee Barnes, victim of an attack from Dr Dre back in 1991. A scene that didn't find its way into the film itself, funnily enough.

It's hard for us who have never been there to fully comprehend the scale of the disaster unfolding in Syria, which is why this piece by a returning Syrian writer who attened college in Aleppo provides such a powerful contrast of life before and after.

Ahead of his Royal Academy show this autumn, China's highest profile artist Ai Weiwei is the subject of a well-timed profile piece in Prospect, which serves as a good grounding on both his work and his politics. A good bluffer's guide if your next dinner party gets high-brow.