NYPL’s Most Popular Check Outs of 2016 | The New York Public Library

Over 25 million items are circulated through our network of libraries each year, and among those items there are both expected front-runners and a few interesting surprises every year. For your perusal, we’ve compiled lists of the top books checked out systemwide and in The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island in 2016.

Source: NYPL’s Most Popular Check Outs of 2016 | The New York Public Library

Indiana University tech tool ‘Hoaxy’ shows how fake news spreads – CSMonitor.com

You can see Hoaxy here or direct at
http://hoaxy.iuni.iu.edu/

Try a search on “Obama” and pick recent to see some “fake news” listings.. my check just now showed no one was fact-checking a reported post on Obama increasing the national debt… just one example…


Richard Drew/AP/File | Caption

Richard Drew/AP/File | Caption

A free tool known as ‘Hoaxy,’ developed by Indiana University’s Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, aims to provide a better understanding of how fake news makes its way across the internet.

Source: Indiana University tech tool ‘Hoaxy’ shows how fake news spreads – CSMonitor.com

Chris Matthews is America’s greatest champion of ‘Love Actually.’ So we watched it with him. – The Washington Post

See also, Love Actually… Is All Around ( Love Actually Intro)


The “Hardball” host can’t stop talking about the cheesy holiday rom-com. But let him explain why.

Source: Chris Matthews is America’s greatest champion of ‘Love Actually.’ So we watched it with him. – The Washington Post

Christmas | holiday | Britannica.com

Mythical? Santa Claus is *not* real???


Nativity image

Nativity: fresco by Giotto The Nativity, fresco by Giotto, c. 1305–06, depicting the birth of Jesus; in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy. SuperStock

“Christmas has also been a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians alike, devoid of Christian elements, and marked by an increasingly elaborate exchange of gifts. In this secular Christmas celebration, a mythical figure named Santa Claus plays the pivotal role.”

Source: Christmas | holiday | Britannica.com

Comedies dominated the box office 30 years ago. Where are they now when we need them? – The Washington Post

Chevy Chase, left, Steve Martin and Martin Short in “Three Amigos!” (John Shannon/Orion Pictures Corp.)

Chevy Chase, left, Steve Martin and Martin Short in “Three Amigos!” (John Shannon/Orion Pictures Corp.)

“We’re in the midst of a comedy drought, at least on the big screen, and it’s partly the result of a Catch-22. The first issue is comedies aren’t as important to studios as they once were, because they don’t do as well overseas as an action or superhero movie might. Because a comedy is already a risk, it’s only likely to get made if it’s a known entity. Hence we get a bunch of sequels — lame retreads that aren’t very good but coast along on name recognition. Audiences don’t go to see the movies because they’re bad, which indicates to studios that audiences don’t want comedy. But the genre isn’t the problem. Lazy movies are.”

Source: Comedies dominated the box office 30 years ago. Where are they now when we need them? – The Washington Post