From the Newsroom

By The Dartmouth Web Staff | 1/18/13 2:30am

Editor's Note: Welcome to Dartbeat's newest feature — From the Newsroom, brought to you by the directorate of The Dartmouth. When we find incredibly well-written features, hilarious videos or interesting stories, we blitz them to each other — and now we're sharing them with you. Each Friday, we'll bring you the best of what we read this week. And if you see anything that you think merits inclusion, blitz it to us at or tweet us at @thedartmouth, @thedmirror, @thedarts, @thedsports and/or @dartbeatblog.

The Death of Aaron Swartz and the New Hacker Crackdown — Adrian Chen, Gawker
10 Weird and Wonderful Dear Abby Columns —
Ellie Hall, BuzzFeed
4. Can a boy be normal and knit in public?

Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend, the Most Heartbreaking and Inspirational Story of the College Football Season, is a Hoax — Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey, Deadspin
The photographs identified as Kekua—in online tributes and on TV news reports—are pictures from the social-media accounts of a 22-year-old California woman who is not named Lennay Kekua. She is not a Stanford graduate; she has not been in a severe car accident; and she does not have leukemia. And she has never met Manti Te'o.

-Leslie Ye, Dartbeat Editor (@lesliezye)

For Amusement Only: the life and death of the American arcade —Laura June, The Verge
Everyone seems to agree on one thing: the arcade is dead, and most people are okay with that. No one I’ve asked gives me a different answer. The economics aren’t there any more, the community support never was, and, of course, gaming companies make a killing in the home — almost none are even producing cabinets anymore. So it’s not surprising that everyone nods their head when I ask if the arcade isreallydead. "Can it come back?" "No," they shake their heads.

-Amelia Acosta, Mirror Editor (@atoasta)

One Nation Under Smog: the Rules for Beijing Living — Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
For Christmas last year, our families gave us air purifiers.

-Claire Groden, Evening Managing Editor (@ClaireGroden)

Internet Users Demand Less Interactivity — The Onion
In addition to demanding less interactivity, Internet users requested fewer links and clickable icons connected to social media outlets through which they could email, share, tweet, pin, blog, or re-blog content. Many said that when they did come across something they found interesting or amusing, nine times out of 10 they just wanted to keep it to themselves.

IAmAcolumnist and reporter on media and culture for the New York Times — David Carr, Reddit
I tend to be, um, a somewhat idiosyncratic communicator in person. One time Neil Drumming, who has an amazing first movie coming outThe End Is Near, and My Crew Is Sleepy - Neil Drumming - The Atlanticworked for me at the time and I brought him in for a chat. When he left my office, people asked what we had talked about, he said, "I either got fired or got a big raise, I couldn't tell which."

Twitter Storytelling: See Tweets Transformed Into Haunting Works of Art — Paula Bernstein, Fast Company
"Homeland Security had to do background checks on us," says Larson, who teaches photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art. "We got special authorization to take photos on the tarmac. Planes were taxiing right by us."

-Felicia Schwartz, Executive Editor (@fel_schwartz)

Babies Taste Lemons for the First Time

-Horacio Romero, Operations & Marketing Director (@horacioromero)

The Dartmouth Web Staff