What is Diagram?

The final game of six between Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Diagram is a blog that reorganizes the news and gives you the chance to explore, catch yourself up and understand what's going on.

News apps and social platforms prioritize breaking news and updates, not background and context. It's like walking into the middle of a movie -- the news cycle is full of characters and histories we don't know. Sometimes Wikipedia helps. Other times, it doesn't feel worth the trouble.

Enter Diagram. Diagram doesn’t have articles-- it has short bios, event descriptions, and historical facts. Behind the scenes, I write definitions and profiles. On each page, Diagram filters and sorts those cards into something meaningful and relevant.

Because everything is itemized, topics are infinitely explorable. Below each news piece, the reader can open pages dedicated to related people, businesses, events and places. You can go in any direction you want.

Don’t remember who that person is? Open her bio.

Not sure how a major trend began? Go back to the beginning.

Fascinated by an idea? Explore it.

Diagram, like its name suggests, takes big topics and breaks them out into their underlying issues, key players, and recent developments. You decide what to focus on.

For the time being, I'm going to focus on a single subject: artificial intelligence. I can't think of another news topic that is as hyped and under explained as AI. If it's going to have the effect experts say it will, we should all know more about it.

If you're a topic newcomer, go to the overview. If you want to just look around, go to news.

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