What we’re reading

unnamed4This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta–perhaps simultaneously one of the most cited and most often forgotten documents in legal history. The New Yorker‘s “The Rule of History” examines the document’s relevance throughout history and its lasting legacy in Western society, particularly the United States.

As China continues to urbanize and works towards its goal of having 60 percent of the country’s population living in urban centers by 2020, many citizens have been fighting to maintain their old way of life. The Atlantic‘s photo essay, “And Then There Was One,” documents several cases of “nail houses,” buildings whose owners have resisted selling their land to the government. The pictures show lone houses standing in the middle of construction sites, a phenomenon that can be seen all across the country.

Netflix has had one hell of a year so far, having just launched Daredevil, its 17th original series of 2015 (!). The company plans to air over 320 hours of original material in 2015–a threefold increase from last year. The New York Times explored the future of the company and the changing nature of television programming with Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive.

With the recent leak of the first four episodes of the latest season of Game of Thrones, many fans are wondering what the show would be like if it were released all at once a la Netflix. Though this doesn’t seem likely anytime soon, we can read about one phe’s quest to watch seasons one through four in one sitting. Vice News’ Allie Conti goes through all of the ups and downs, one episode at a time. 

The future of internet services is much more contentious, however, than just the changing nature of TV shows. The Atlantic tackles a greater issue of the internet age: how to make public services more accessible to those with disabilities. While physical spaces have implemented changes to make locations more accessible, such as wheelchair ramps, the debate still rages on about the accessibility of the internet.

On a lighter note, in recent decades, marijuana has changed drastically. Long gone are the days of smoking some low-THC reefer. With the legalization of the plant in several areas of the United States and the world, growing marijuana has become increasingly scientific. Vice News The Quest to Grow the World’s Most Powerful Pot” delves into the business of genetically modifying marijuana to produce some of the most potent strains known to man.

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