The entire article is definitely worth a read. I find it incredibly analogous to tech startups at the peak of bubbles. All arrogant "bro-culture" playing around. If this really is what journalism looks like from behind the scenes, it's not pretty. I'm glad I don't consume much "news" anymore.
There's nothing important enough to be serious about. Only things that are seriously boring.
I've always loved buttons and dials. When I was a kid, the flashing consoles of Star Trek and Star Wars were the height of sci fi cool. Stereos and electrical panels were exciting, I kept wondering "what do these do?"
Last year I read a book that seemingly everyone was raving about. I made it about 60% through it when the author took a sudden turn from logically progressing an argument to stating a badly formed rhetoric idea as truth. I put the book down and in a sigh resigned myself to reevaluate everything I had just read.
A few weeks ago, I was inspired to give the book a second chance. And I'm glad I did.
It turns our the rhetoric idea was a several pages long example of fuzzy logic, that the author deconstructed, without judging the idea. Just logically laid out. If it hadn't been for my automatic revulsion to the idea itself, I would've noticed that a year ago.
Skeptically questioning everything is essential to progress. But cynicism has a tendency to creep in. I'm glad I let go of this cynicism and explored more.
I loved when Snapchat introduced the Stories format. It suited the platform perfectly and became a sort of passive social channel that I used to enjoy when social media was new. But I haven't given much thought to what the rise of Stories means, both as a platform, and as a media format.
Stories is not a technology, nor is it a feature. It is a media format, or even a genre, in the way that a magazine or a murder mystery or a 30-minute television program is.
I came across this quote via Farnam Street's newsletter, and it both resonates with me trying to improve myself, and shows just how long people have struggled with learning:
"Intelligent individuals learn from every thing and every one; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers."
If you’ve read my posts before you’ve probably heard me complain about Twitter before, and I’ve thought about it some more:
I loved Twitter when it was in its infancy, the distributed social asynchronous communication let me learn from and get into contact with people who shared my interests from all over the world. It was empowering.
But Twitter is changing. It's no longer designed as a platform for discussion, but as one for publication.
This new Twitter feels way-to familiar. It looks like Twitter have reinvented the web comment. Same format, same bad tone, same bad social grace. Good job Twitter.
The only real difference between a blog, twitter, and a news site is interface. That's how powerful design is in informing behaviour.
We’ve come full circle. The 2000 era internet is back! Newsletters are now The way people publish content online. They’ve replaced blogs almost perfectly after the short blip of social media became a garbage pile of algorithmic ads.
Just like blogs they’re trending each other’s content, intermittently updated, and completely distributed. There no one newsletter service.
Because the Pull Behavior (go out and find information, spread it by creating more information, making it easier for others to find when they search) we so loved about the web is over. It’s been replaced through lazy social media with Push Behavior (I want something now, just keep gushing everything to me and I will “curate” what I want.
It’s a brave new world.
I’ve witnessed and anguished over the decline of my favorite social media, Twitter, for years. Now it seems everyone is talking about the implosion of Facebook and all the algorithmic feed platforms like Instagram.
Today I realized just how much people crave chronological feeds of what people wish to say. I’m sure you’ve seen stories like this:
It turns out that while social media is dying. The reason it exists in the first place is still just as valid:
“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation...” — Oscar Wilde
Whatever made these companies think it was ever about anything else?
Sometimes you just need a swift kick in the ass. Sometimes, you need some brutal truth:
So how to we do this? This is how:
Stop avoiding failure. Stop focusing on the outcomes, but instead focus on the work itself. If you're interested, this is the research referenced.
You have dreams right? Things you want to do, stuff you want to create or complete? We all do. But then life gets in the way. Maybe we're finding it hard to find the time? Maybe we keep getting interrupted? Maybe we're just to afraid to act.
The truth is that's all bullshit. The reason you haven't achieved what you're dreaming about is that is requires growth, and growth hurts. Specifically it hurts your ego. In this fantastic article, Amy Hoy pokes you right in the ego and tells it like it is.
...So what's your dream again?
Cultivating a selective focus is the only way to make real progress towards your goals in life. This is an excellent article by James Clear based around investment advice by Warren Buffet. Advice doesn't get much better than this.
I noticed this trend for the first time while visiting Berlin a few years ago. Hipsters love print, and are growing bored with short form "journalism" and blogs. So magazines are coming back.
I love Monocle for their magazine, but I'll keep spending time in Soda Books and Under The Cover to find new things to read. Truthfully though, even in these sublimely designed magazines, most of the articles are just filler. Just like in "journalism" in general.
I've had a love for notebooks since I was a kid. I've always doodled, sketched and written on paper with relish. But since collage the habit has waned because it's just not efficient enough.
Now I just need to figure out if writing on paper is worth the lack of search and tags and get journaling, or if I'll just build a digital tool for the same.
I'm currently reading Hitch22, the amazing writer Christopher Hitchens self biography. And when such a great write refers to W.H Auden as the best writer of his generation, I had to read him. Well Auden touched my like little poetry ever has. Simply amazing prose.
I had never read Bastiats Candlemakers Petition before today. I had heard it described, but reading the original I'm struck by how insane protection politics really are. Take three minutes and read it yourself.
Perfect home by Claesson Koivisto Rune This is just a dream home. Imagine sitting there reading or planning out a new project.
I'm a tall white 34 year old man from Sweden. I've never been able to purchase clothes that really fit. I've bought custom tailored shirts for years.
Is it too early to just go old school, and wear suits the entire time? I've always been comfortable in classic outfits. It fits my personality quite well. And I've basically been using a personal uniform for ten years (blue jeans, white shirt, leather jacket).
I'd like to pair down. My wardrobe as much as the time I spend on outfits. Are suits a smart way to go, or will I be spending too much and drearily wearing the same thing every day?