Ritholtz's Reads: Buzzy Media and Hired Guns

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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Hope your holidays are going well. I'm taking a brief respite from traveling to bring you these delightful, longer-form weekend reads:

  • Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention (Wired) see also When to quit your journalism job (Pressthink)
  • What’s the Matter with Economics?: An Exchange  (NYRB)
  • If You Missed The Rally, Then You Just Made The Most Classic Mistake In Investing (Business Insider)
  • The Story Behind AOL’s Iconic Yellow Running Man: The little guy who got to the top of the Buddy List was inspired by postwar American imagery. (The Atlantic)
  • Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 Trillion (Bloomberg) see also RAND Corporation report says the Iraq War was George Bush’s biggest blunder (Raw Story)
  • Special Report: At Stanford, venture capital reaches into the dorm (Reuters)
  • Lower Education: How A Disgraced College Chain Trapped Its Students In Poverty (BuzzFeed)
  • Hired Guns: America’s armed security guard industry suffers from poor oversight and a lack of proper training, with violent consequences. (CIR)
  • Stepping off the Golden Gate Bridge (Priceonomics)
  • It’s The Apocalypse, Stupid: Understanding Christian Opposition to Obamacare, Civil Rights, New Deal and More (Religion Dispatches)

Whats up for the weekend?

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