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Video explainer: How banks took a good simple idea and turned it evil

Kurz Gesagt’s latest video explainer points his easily understood animation gun towards the evilness of banks and how they’ve transformed over time from a simple idea (helping people trade goods) into what they are now (big behemoth bullies who make money for themselves). It’s not all bad though, Gesagt also shows how things have changed [...]

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2014 was the year of the explainer, for better or worse

Remember April? I know it was a long, long time ago — decades in “Internet time.” But if you think back, you might remember that journalists couldn’t stop talking about “explainers.” No fewer than three sites, from media-ordained “wunderkinds” like ex-New York Times data guy Nate Silver and ex-Washington Post politics reporter Ezra Klein, had launched in the [...]

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Most Popular Explainers of 2014

In between tips and how-tos, we also often do "explainers," where we break down complicated topics into simple language. Our goal is to help you understand how these difficult topics work, and show you what you can do with the knowledge. Here are our best from the past year. Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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Animation explains how tsunamis form and why they’re so scary

Waves come from the wind so tsunamis, which are basically bigger waves, must come from more wind, right? Not exactly. This cute animation explains that though normal waves are formed from above, tsunamis come from below from volcanic eruptions, landslides and earthquakes. They’re the real monsters of the sea. Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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“Everything you need to know about X.” Why explaining the news is harder than it looks

Have you had something “explained” to you yet today? Chances are, you have. The last few weeks have brought the launch of three new sites designed to be companions to, rather than sources of, breaking news. The sites seek to boil down big stories by analyzing the data behind them, in the case of Nate Silver’s 538, or simply [...]

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Ezra Klein’s Vox.com launches but it’s a bit undercooked

Vox.com, Ezra Klein’s general interest site that launched on Sunday night, looks a lot like the bastard child of BuzzFeed and Wikipedia. The site’s launch topics range from Obamacare to “Game of Thrones” and feature an eclectic mix of longer articles and listicles meant to help stories that normally appeal to insiders and experts find a wider audience. The site [...]

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