VOX DOT COM, Explained

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A couple weeks ago, Sonny Bunch observed that VOX DOT COM, the eight-figure juicebox upstart dedicated to “explaining the news,” can seem unbearably pointless at times, and is pretty terrible at explaining things.

Ezra Klein set out to “fix the news,” by adding “crucial context,” promising to deliver a “completely different product” utilizing a “mix of technological and workflow approaches.”  The mission of VOX DOT DOM, he said, was to “build stuff that would be useful for people,” or even to “build a new culture.”

And what does that “new culture” look like?

Feds Studying How to Use Twitter For ‘Depression Surveillance’

$82,800 study will examine social media to study depression
Young seeking mental health support / AP

The federal government is studying how to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people.

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) began a study financed by the National Institutes of Health last month that will provide “population level depression monitoring” through the social media site.

‘Keep Congress Kennedy-Free’

For Sean Bielat, congressional race a battle against old money, old media
Sean Bielat / AP

A Republican underdog looking to pull off an upset in a Massachusetts House race is hoping that a guerilla social media campaign can trump massive out-of-state donations, mainstream media bias, and dynastic power.