Andre Spicer, Quartz
If you've recently been wondering, like I have, why people insist on holding onto dumb, disproven notions, then you should read this. It's the real, depressing science of cognitive dissonance.
Also this week in terrible ideas: Why Bad Ideas Refuse To Die, from The Guardian.
Maurice Chamma, Vice and The Marshall Project
Renea Royster is giving prisoners access to the digital world — she's paid to make and post to social media accounts for inmates, and her son Phillip is in charge of online dating. This is how they do it.
FADER staffers Anupa Mistry, Amos Barshad, and Rawiya Kameir — plus writer Yvonne Wilkins and musician Jeff Donna — share their initial memories of arriving in the States. Come for the personal stories, stay for the (adorable) pictures.
Melissa Vincent, The FADER
Do-it-yourself culture is rooted in idealized inclusion. Melissa Vincent explores what happens when young people on the margins — like those involved in Toronto's underground scene — try to break the mold.
Matt Stopera, BuzzFeed
From 2005 to present, a full history of cell phone trends as told via Getty and Shutterstock images of aughts socialite Paris Hilton.
Brian Phillips, MTV News
There's nothing more American than alien conspiracy theories, so here's a story about how Brian Phillips went to Area 51, and what he learned there. Happy Fourth!