Editor's note

The special election to fill Montana’s sole seat in the U.S. House took an ugly turn this week when the Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with assaulting a newspaper reporter who asked him about Trumpcare. Still, Gianforte won. Lee Banville of the University of Montana offers a primer on Big Sky politics and explains why Gianforte’s win wasn’t a referendum on the media.

It was 80 years ago that San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic. It set plenty of records in its day and is still admired for its art deco lines and “international orange” paint job. West Virginia University’s Hota GangaRao and Maria Martinez de Lahidalga de Lorenzo consider its success – and what advances in technology mean for whether today’s engineers would make the same choices.

When Google Maps launched its Street View platform 10 years ago, they probably didn’t think it would inspire artists around the world. Communication professors Allison Rowland and Chris Ingraham look at the ways artists have culled images from the millions snapped by Google’s Street View cars to create works that comment on issues ranging from surveillance to sex work.

And there’s more coverage of the Manchester attack from Conversation authors around the world here.

Emily Costello

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

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U.S. Rep-elect Greg Gianforte in Bozeman, Montana on May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Colter Peterson

Why Montana just elected Greg Gianforte, a man charged with assault, to Congress

Lee Banville, The University of Montana

The race pitted a singing cowboy against a millionaire software entrepreneur – and it got ugly at the end.

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  • How Google Street View became fertile ground for artists

    Allison L. Rowland, St. Lawrence University; Chris Ingraham, North Carolina State University

    In the 10 years since Google Street View launched, the platform has provided ample fodder for artists, who have used it to comment on surveillance, poverty and gentrification.

  • How data is transforming the music industry

    Brian Moon, University of Arizona

    Does musical taste even matter anymore? Or does a data-driven feedback loop – where what you enjoy in the past shapes what you hear today – influence what you'll like in the future?


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