LOI: Instapaper Reads – Osama bin Laden Edition

True to form with my two posts from earlier this week, today’s Links of Interest are related to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. The following are best suited for your favorite longform reading app:

And finally, if you’re tired of reading about Osama bin Laden, here are a couple of other good reads I’ve found this week:

  • Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Guernica – “Each year at Disney World, thousands of interns earn academic credit for flipping burgers or parking cars. Ross Perlin learns about vague assignments, long hours, and the meaning of the phrase ‘protein spill.’”
  • What Happened to Air France Flight 447 – NY Times – Nearly two years after Air France Flight 447 went down over the Atlantic, many questions remain as to what brought the plane down and why the investigation seemed to have lagged.

Thinking Through Conspiracy Theories

The announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death earlier this week has brought about a fair amount of conspiracy theory speculation. Some have claimed or speculated that bin Laden has been dead since December 2001, and the announcement was merely a re-election ploy for President Obama. In many cases, persons making these claims are also persons who claim that 9/11 was a plot by the United States government. [Read more...]

Bin Laden’s Death: News Spreads Fast via Facebook and Twitter

With the announcement late last night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, today reminds me of one aspect of how I felt immediately after 9/11. Much as it was in the days following 9/11, just about all of us have a shared consciousness of a global news event. All of us at least know the topic that we’ve all thought about sometime during the past twelve or so hours. The news is so big that it’s like we can read a small part of each other’s minds.

I imagine this will be one of those “Where were you?” moments with each of us remembering where we were and how we heard about the news. In addition, much has been made of the role that Facebook and Twitter have had in spreading the news of Bin Laden’s death. Here’s a roundup of some posts I’ve seen so far today:

In the meantime, I’ve been compiling a list of big news events each month this year. The Middle East revolutions, the earthquake in Japan and last week’s storms in the American South are just a few of the stories that have stood out. This story will obviously be added to my list. I look forward to publishing it at the end of this year.