What journalists should know about the atomic bombings

Americans in particular use the atomic bombings as a short-hand for thinking about vitally important present-day issues like the ends justifying the means, who the appropriate targets of war are, and the use of force in general. Unfortunately, quite a lot of what Americans think they know about the atomic bombs is dramatically out of alignment with how historians understand them, and this shapes their takes on these present-day issues as well.

One of the reasons I enjoy reading history is learning about all the different ways my classic K-12 education was skewed, biased, simplified, or even dead wrong. It’s better to know the truth than be comforted.

In that vein, I highly recommend reading What journalists should know about the atomic bombings. It’s straightforward, does not contain appeals to emotion, and takes a historical perspective on what actually happened and why.

Tuesday links

Some interesting links for your Tuesday:

  1. Mortal combat actors vs. characters
  2. Internet traffic is up 20% due to the pandemic – and it is performing just fine
  3. A spot-on satire of why $FAMOUS COMPANY switched to $HYPED_TECH
  4. Six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months in 1965
  5. A collection of 2020 Big Picture Competition winners
  6. The cast of Back to the Future reunites for charity
  7. Not all startups fit the pattern of Silicon Valley success – Zoom, for example
  8. What are the consequences of oil’s collapse?
  9. A video featuring people who were alive during the Bolshevik revolution (highly recommended)
  10. Solar’s future is insanely cheap
  11. NASA releases basic principles for Moon exploration
  12. Spotify vs. Fitbit (org structure, processes, etc)

Have a great day!