I had a black dog, his name was depression
At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don’t know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.
In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.
A new, dedicated home for VICE News, coming 2014.
Journalists killed, bloggers imprisoned, censorship… The overall level of freedom of information violations continues to be very high and the situation is still worrying in 2013 as proved by the annual round-up published on December 13th, 2013 by Reporters Without Borders.
Reporters Without Borders and its agency BETC denounce this alarming observation with their new campaign : Great People. By staging the propaganda by the enemies of press freedom, they remind with irony that without independent journalists, you would have to content yourself with this kind of “information”.
Made in collaboration with Rita Films and Green United Music, the campaign will be broadcasted on the major French TV channels and on the Internet from December 21st.
The History and Future of Everything
Time makes sense in small pieces. But when you look at huge stretches of time, it’s almost impossible to wrap your head around things.
The Winners And Losers Of The 21st Century So Far
Germany and the U.K. top the list of G7 economies that have seen the largest increases in GDP per capita since the turn of the new millennium, while Italy is the only G7 economy where annual output per person is less than it was in 2000.
I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile–some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket, which I would now like to trace in reply to your question
Are Emoticons the Future of Language?
In the digital age, we increasingly use written language in place of face to face chat or phone calls. But the advantages email, chat, and text give us in speed come with limitations in communicating emotional tone. Enter emoticons and emojis. Not just a playful supplement to language, these new tools allow for complexity in tone and emotion never before possible in written language, as well as provide new opportunities for creative expression. Rapidly spreading throughout culture, emoticons and emojis fill a void in written language that few realized we so desperately needed.
Nikki, born a biological boy named Niko, began at the age of 10 the complicated transition to becoming girl. Gillian Laub’s video captures how through the loving support of family and friends, two years later, Nikki is living happily as the person she always knew herself to be.
The Power of Empathy
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.
No quiero usar la palabra austeridad porque está prostituida en Europa. Abogo por una manera personal de vivir con sobriedad. Porque para vivir hay que tener libertad y para tener libertad hay que tener tiempo. Si me preocupo mucho de los cacharros, no tengo tiempo. Y si tengo mucha plata para tener eso me tengo que preocupar de que no me roben (…) Y si despilfarro estoy viviendo a costillas del trabajo de otro. Prefiero tener el mayor margen de tiempo para hacer lo que me gusta y eso es para mí la libertad. Soy sobrio para tener tiempo. Cuando tú compras con plata, compras con el tiempo de tu vida que tuviste que gastar para tener esa plata. Hay que ser avaro en la forma de gastarla y veo a la humanidad enloquecida perdiendo tiempo. Cuando te querés acordar, sos un viejo reumático que te pasaste pagando tarjetas. Nadie me va a dar mucha bolilla pero algunos viejos me van a entender
The History of Typography
A paper-letter animation about the history of fonts and typography. 291 Paper Letters. 2454 Photographs. 140 hours of work.
Created by Ben Barrett-Forrest
Mohamed Abdullah of Reuters took this fascinating picture of Free Syrian Army rebels using an iPad to guide mortar fire outside of Damascus. These rebels appear to be using an app to level the tube because they don’t have sights on the mortars to help level it out and aim at a target.