We Love the Internet 2017/30: The Narrative patterns for data-driven storytelling edition

Simon Kendrick
3 min readJul 28, 2017


Part 1: For the day job

Things to think about:

· How BuzzFeed’s Tasty Conquered Online Food

· How “Game Of Thrones” Feeds Its Own Thinkpiece Industry

· I hacked my body for a future that never came

· How the L.A. Times used a serial narrative and smart design to bring in new subscribers

· Should America’s Tech Giants Be Broken Up?

· What Will Service Work Look Like Under Amazon?

· How Twitter Fuels Anxiety

· Instagram is pushing restaurants to be kitschy, colourful and irresistible to photographers

Reference points

· Narrative Patterns for Data-Driven Storytelling

· Top 20 slogans

· The Definitive Ranking of Email Greetings

· A Short History Of Classic Shows That Took Time To Get Good

· Taxonomy of Humans According to Twitter

· The future according to Elon Musk

Longer reads:

· The New Rules For Making It In Hollywood

· Take a trip to Los Angeles’ new internet celebrity summer camp

· The Future of College Is Facebook Meme Groups

Part 2: For the lunch-break

Things to play with/watch/listen to:

· 0–100 real quick!

· This Is The Strangest, Dumbest Minute Of Basketball We’ve Seen In A Long Time

· Perspective

· The Seinfeld theme but it’s made with a ruler but i don’t have a ruler.

Things to look at/read:

· One man’s two year quest to not finish Final Fantasy VII

· Louise Mensch’s Destructive Fantasies

· Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars Hotel where each guest gets a storyline

· On Repeat: Why People Watch Movies and Shows Over and Over

· In the ring with London’s feminist punk wrestlers

· The Mad Cheese Scientists Fighting to Save the Dairy Industry

· When athletes gotta go … where do they go?

· Baltimore Cop Doesn’t Realize His Body Camera Is Filming, Films Himself Planting Drugs At Crime Scene and The failure of police body cameras

Animal corner

· Hamster Has Epic Fail on Running Wheel

· Very disappointed with the results of his Schrodinger’s test


· Here’s A Bush Full Of Kittens Playing Peekaboo Because You Deserve To Feel Happiness

· Just A Delightful Video Of Two Sea Lions Celebrating Their Release Back Into The Wild

· Doggy Is Overwhelmed With Doggy Emotion Upon Being Reunited With An Old Friend

· Goat breaks into Argonics’ Colorado office

· She gotta start learning what comes after the fun

Tweets of the week:

· When your straight friend Jean makes a funny joke

· pls never let this meme die

· Think we’ve finally found the definitive Danny Dyer interview.


· Hulk Hogan riding a motorcycle while some guy just chucks a dog into the river.

· Fixed the Thor Ragnarok poster

· my fav colour is also hitler

· Why you never wear GREEN on TV

Part 3: For the weekend

Longer reads

· The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso

· How ‘Goal!’ Went from a Wild Idea to a Cult Movie Franchise for Football Fans

· The real cost of regeneration

· American culthoppers

· The Accent Whisperers of Hollywood

· The Rise and Fall of F. Lee Bailey, the Lawyer Who Set O.J. Simpson Free

· The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates




Simon Kendrick

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