Summary of “The Story Behind Shareece Wright’s 540-Mile-Plus Uber Ride - and the Man Who Drove Him to Buffalo”

In. the eight months he’s been an Uber driver, Hadi Abdollahian has spent plenty of evenings waiting in the ridesharing lot near O’Hare International Airport.
Abdollahian originally thought the request was for a local Buffalo Wild Wings or Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a suburb about 20 miles north of the airport.
Abdollahian says he ran into a Persian man outside the agency after filling out his registration form to seek safe refuge.
While the U.N. has a policy against commenting on any individual case, a representative made clear that the details of Abdollahian’s story align with the organization’s process for granting refuge.
The pair swapped stories for about three hours, with Wright telling Abdollahian about the extended family he’d just left in Los Angeles and how he couldn’t imagine navigating the world alone in the way Abdollahian has.
After getting a $300 tip from Wright and saying goodbye, Abdollahian turned around and headed straight back to Chicago, again stopping once for gas.
Wright called to say that he’d posted a screenshot of the ride receipt on Twitter, and that a host of news outlets had asked for Abdollahian’s phone number.
Looking back, Wright says that hearing Abdollahian’s story left him at a loss for words.

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Summary of “How to Use Psychology to Make Persuasive Video”

A private study exploring customer behaviors on electrical goods website ao.com, found that those who watched a product video were 100 per cent more likely to convert, spending an average of 9.1 per cent more than those who didn’t.
Before we can see any more, the video cuts short as an image fills the screen displaying the message, ‘Geico.
Because video includes so many of the real-life cues we rely on to communicate with and understand one another it is one of the most effective content types for transmitting emotional contagion.
While we tend to enjoy and share content that has a positive emotional valence, videos that move us towards sadness and anger can also be persuasive and powerful.
Not only is music influential in grabbing people’s attention, if you’re narrating an advert or piece of video content, research has found that lowering the pitch of your voice can signal status, which can be perceived by others as dominant, prestigious and admirable, traits positively correlated with behavioral influence.
YouTube – Despite its reputation as the primary video hosting platform, YouTube’s most popular content has historically been music.
Video hosting for business – If you’re designing videos specifically for use on your website, there are several platforms you can use that have been developed specifically for this use-case.
Offering more detailed analytics, tools and functionality for personalisation than social video platforms, these services can provide a great way to manage your content and gather vital data that can help you optimize your approach.

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Former FBI director James Comey’s testimony was released yesterday in written form ahead of his hearing today.
Ever need to tell a story? Use these tips to tell it like James Comey.
Comey could have spent hundreds of words describing why he’s testifying and how he prepared his statement.
Comey does have background to deliver-when and why he started keeping records of the conversations, for example-but he drops it into relevant points of the story as he’s telling it.
Comey describes five conversations, and for each, he sets the scene.
Real life is messier, but I get the sense from reading Comey’s document that he is laying the groundwork for future scenes that may or may not surface.
The events Comey describes span several months, and they include what must have been lengthy meetings, briefings, and dinners.
Comey skips over the yawn-inducing and/or classified parts, but slows down for a careful play-by-play of the important stuff.

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Summary of “So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists”

Don’t write what you know, write towards what you want to know.
In the end your first-grade teacher was correct: we can only write what we know.
If we write towards what we don’t supposedly know, we will find out what we knew but weren’t yet entirely aware of.
A writer is not someone who thinks obsessively about writing, or talks about it, or plans it, or dissects it, or even reveres it: a writer is the one who puts his arse in the chair when the last thing he wants to do is have his arse in the chair.
“Then the writing became so fluid that I sometimes felt as if I were writing for the sheer pleasure of telling a story, which may be the human condition that most resembles levitation.”Gabriel García Márquez.
Writing a character into being is like meeting someone you want to fall in love with.
Often we will want to write out of gender, race, time.
Something in you knows – it just knows – that everything you have written so far has just been preparation for what you are now about to write.

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Summary of “How one unknown professor wrote two international bestsellers that changed our understanding of”

The first question that comes to mind when considering Yuval Noah Harari’s success is: “How in the world did he do it?”.
How do you write a book that gets recommended by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, and President Obama? How is it that, in 2017, people regard his work as a new and unique view on the human race? A new view on the human race in 2017!Do you know how many historians have tried that? One thing is for sure, Yuval Noah Harari is the only one I know by name.
So how did he do it, and what can we learn from him? We’ll start our journey where he started his, as an unknown historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
First is focus, when you train the mind to focus only on your breath you gain the discipline to know what is important, and what to focus on.
“You need to constantly remind yourself what is the most important thing that is happening in the world - what is the most important thing that is happening in history. The discipline to have this focus is something I gained from meditation.”Secondly, Vipassana meditation helps you learn the difference between what is real and what are just stories that we invent in our own mind.
“Most people, they get overwhelmed by the religious stories, the nationalist stories, by the economic stories of the day, and take these stories to be the reality. My main ambition as a historian is to figure out what’s really happening in the world, instead of the fictions that humans have been creating for thousands of years in order to explain or control what’s happening in the world.”As a historian, all you have are stories.
Even a quick read of Yuval Noah Harari’s work reveals how focus and a relentless pursuit of the truth create instant classics.
What you can learn from Yuval Noah Harari:A focus on the real is what allowed Harari to see new avenues in the same old stories.

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Summary of “Leaving Social Media Taught Me How Broken The News Cycle Is”

It wasn’t news to me that I used social media for procrastination purposes, but without it, I found myself lacking an easy source for distractions.
I still consumed the news – in old-fashioned print and a few news apps – but I was taking it in without being told how to feel, and I was reading more stories that weren’t the emotion-provoking ones that most often seem to get shared in my feeds.
Social media is opinion-oriented, and people are quick to comment without verifying and judge and share without reading.
The leggings incident is the kind of fast-moving story that quickly takes over social media, and after opting out of this news-of-now cycle, I’ve come to believe that distractions like these leave me less informed.
Without social media focusing me on the news of the instant, I consumed news in a slower, less frantic fashion.
I never made a public announcement about my social media break, and so I missed announcements and news from people outside my inner circle.
For me, social media is a passive way of connecting with people, and I liked how my friends and family called and texted me more often when they knew they couldn’t reach me on Facebook.
Following people on social media often feels like voyeuristically looking in on their lives, and I’d much prefer to actively participate.

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Summary of “3 tricks I used to turn my terrible résumé around”

So I’m going to do you a favor and tell you something you probably need to hear because no one will tell you: You have a bad résumé.
Really the only thing you need to know is that a résumé is a list of your achievements, not a list of your responsibilities.
Rewrite your résumé so it’s a list of your achievements.
Your résumé might be pages of stuff like, “Responsible for blah blah blah.” Okay, no one really cares about what you were responsible for because everyone knows you had day-to-day responsibilities.
Before someone tells me I’m telling you to lie on your résumé you’re not lying here, you’re making a logical guess.
My résumé went from three pages to one page, and that was with 15 years of experience.
If you’re still thinking a longer résumé makes you look more impressive you should know that recruiters don’t care because studies show they spend about six seconds on it.
If you rewrite your résumé this way you can spend 80% of the interview telling your stories and 20% improvising.

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Summary of “Wonder Woman: Revisiting the Comics Story That Redefined Her”

“For almost four decades, there really had been almost no memorable Wonder Woman stories,” recalls Paul Levitz, comics historian and longtime executive at the character’s publisher, DC Comics.
If you stick around for the end of the credits at this weekend’s Wonder Woman, you’ll see a list of comics creators the producers wish to thank for cooking up ideas that influenced the film.
Thirty years ago, Pérez – a writer and artist of astounding talent – became the man who reinvented Wonder Woman and told what is arguably still her greatest story.
Marston’s story and that of his Wonder Woman tales have been told at length, thanks in large part to the efforts of writer Jill Lepore in her acclaimed 2014 book The Secret History of Wonder Woman.
“The character was an important part of DC history and legacy,” recalls Wonder Woman editor Karen Berger, “But it wasn’t the one that writers and artists flocked towards.” Lucky for Wonder Woman, DC was looking to wipe the slate clean across their entire publishing line.
A light bulb went off in Pérez’s head. Prior to that story, he’d seen creators depict Wonder Woman as a “Female Superman,” but all of a sudden, he saw what made her stand apart: She’s not an alien or a god; she’s a myth.
They released a poster with Diana flying across text that declared “FIRST THE DARK KNIGHT. THEN, THE MAN OF STEEL. NOW, DC DOES IT AGAIN. GEORGE PEREZ, GREG POTTER, AND BRUCE PATTERSON” – the inker – “INTRODUCE THE NEW WONDER WOMAN. COMING NOVEMBER 6TH.” When that day rolled around, the first issue hit stands, bearing one of the all-time great comics covers: Diana’s frame taking up much of the page in a modified version of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, wrists crossed above her voluminous black locks.
If Wonder Woman, the movie, succeeds, the time might be ripe for a Wonder Woman revival.

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Summary of “How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation”

The biggest problem with Twitter’s place in the news is its role in the production and dissemination of propaganda and misinformation.
The Fox News host Sean Hannity pushed the theory the loudest, but it was groups on Twitter – or, more specifically, bots on Twitter – that were first to the story and helped make it huge.
In many of the biggest misinformation campaigns of the past year, Twitter played a key role.
Specifically, Twitter often acts as the small bowel of digital news.
This makes Twitter a prime target for manipulators: If you can get something big on Twitter, you’re almost guaranteed coverage everywhere.
As a result, numerous cheap and easy-to-use online tools let people quickly create thousands of Twitter bots – accounts that look real, but that are controlled by a puppet master.
Because a single Twitter user can create lots of accounts and run them all in a coordinated way, Twitter lets relatively small groups masquerade as far larger ones.
“Bots allow groups to speak much more loudly than they would be able to on any other social media platforms – it lets them use Twitter as a megaphone,” said Samuel Woolley, the director for research at Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project.
The story later fell apart, but that night, Twitter bots went with it.
A Twitter spokesman said the company took bots seriously; it has a dedicated spam-detection team that looks out for bot-based manipulation, and it is constantly improving its tools to spot and shut down bots.

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