Rest of World executive editor Anup Kaphle has an interview on Numlock, a daily newsletter that showcases below-the-radar news and stories, on the idea behind the creation of the publication, what’s unique about our editorial mission, and some of our favorite stories so far. Here’s a sample:
Numlock: One story that I enjoyed was about South Korea and the folks there who are out of employment, out of education, out of that. You had a story this past week about internet arranged marriages and what not. You really are kind of covering the gamut.
Anup Kaphle: When you think about how people use technology, it’s really weird the kind of things you’re going to find. I mean, honjok is one example, of course. There was a lot that went into bringing the technology out of that story. There’s this sub culture of honjok in South Korea, but what we didn’t know was that there’s this whole economy behind the whole thing. The way we thought it’d be interesting to tell the story is in the last six months everybody had to sort of figure out this life of being by yourself, and ordering everything through an app, like, “Oh my God, how am I going to do this?” And here you have this community that has been doing it for years and doing it well. And it’s worked. There’s things like that.
My other favorite story we’ve done is the story about Okash, which basically they send text messages to everybody on your contact list when you fall behind on the loan payments. This is micro-lending now. It’s wild when you think about it. When you think about the culture, where social shaming is such a huge thing. You tweet at someone here, it’s sort of like, “Hey, you’re trolling me,” or something. Somewhere else, it takes a completely different meaning when you’re trying to do things like that. And I think trying to show to readers that when the app was built, you considered the ramifications of how it was built, who was going to use it, all the things that went into building that app.
You can read the full interview here.