👍 When it comes to dream jobs, free snacks and good perks outweigh corporate scandal. At least according to a new survey of 2018’s best workplaces, which placed Facebook at the very top of the list, followed by Southwest Airlines, Salesforce, and Costco. Interestingly, Apple—a similarly cool tech giant—only came in at number 10. Clearly, Facebook employees love the benefits and company culture, despite the corp *also* making headlines for leaking user data, promoting fake news, and likely influencing the 2016 election. In other words, it’s complicated.
📚 America’s public schools are struggling, but in Detroit classrooms—with outdated textbooks, rat-infested classrooms, and some students who’ve never learned to read—things are even worse. Seven students from the worst-performing schools (which have 97% students of color) recently sued the government, arguing that education is a basic human right. If kids can’t learn how to read, how they can contribute to society?! Unfortunately, the court disagrees. Last week the judge dismissed the case, saying that access to literacy is “not a fundamental right.” Fail.
👖 Fashion sure is fickle, but Urban Outfitters’ willingness to invest in the latest and greatest has paid off big time (we’re talking millions of dollars). While other stores were still stocking their shelves with skinny jeans and tunics, which ruled the fashion market for an entire decade, UO was already looking ahead to high-rise trousers and crop tops. Since the retailer was ahead of the curve, analysts say it’ll benefit from this fashion cycle for the next 10 years. They agree that the so-called "style rut" is over...so maybe it's time to do some shopping?
✊ Social media is singlehandedly to blame for spreading fake news, but Americans still see *some* good in these sites. In a new survey, an overwhelming majority of people say social media helps bring attention to issues and create social change (like the #MeToo movement). Nearly half of Americans have *personally* been civically active on social media in the last year; minorities, in particular, find these sites important, because they provide a platform to express political opinions. Power to the people, indeed.