Digital Digest: 10/01/2011

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Photography

www.newsweek.com

In 1935, Kodak came out with Kodachrome film – not the first colour film but one of the most evocative. The heyday of photojournalism was, as Newsweek observes, marked by the use of Kodachrome film. Magazines such as Life and Look were dominated by it. In this gallery, Newsweek takes a look at some of the most iconic Kodachrome pictures.

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Music

www.rollingstone.com

What are the most anticipated albums of the year? Will the Rolling Stones tour? And how will Glee continue its domination of pop culture? These are just some of the need-to-know (well, if you're a pop music buff) questions posed by Rolling Stone for its feature, Big Questions for 2011. Lets check back at the end of the year, shall we?

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Africa

www.awesome.good.is

Africa is the second-most populated continent on the planet, yet most of the billion people living there survive with little or no access to electricity. With civil strife, poverty and corruption endemic, the situation has improved little over the past decade. Column Five Media has designed a funky infographic showing the extent of the problem.

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Alcohol

www.alcowebizer.com

How do you describe the feeling of drunkenness? Dry mouth? Wooziness? A desperate need to urinate every 20 minutes? Alcowebizer shows the effect booze has on our ability to conceive the world around us by taking a favourite website and distorting it in the way alcohol distorts our comprehension.

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Design

www.anielamurphy.co.uk

When artists stray into the commercial advertising world, the result is often disappointing. Not with Aniela Murphy, a young London-based artist, however. With influences as diverse as geometric patterns and 1970s disco, her warm playful images are beginning to make a stir around the country.

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Media

www.slate.com

Where did our modern taboos against depictions of the dead, the dying and the potentially doomed come from? Fine art is filled with such images, some of them documentary in nature. Yet controversy greets every publication or broadcast of these pictures and videos. Why? Slate investigates:

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Film

www.youtube.com

Of all the books that came out last year, which one would best protect you in the event of a shooting? A couple of guys with, quite frankly, too much time on their hands, decided to shoot thick novels to see if any could stop a bullet. Here's a hint, don't get shot carrying Jonathan Franzen's Freedom.

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