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Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto's Nouveau Riche
"On most ideological bandwagons, there is usually a distinction between grifters and true believers. The grifters are in it for the fame and the money and will say any old bollocks to get either. The true believers accept the money and fame as an inevitable proof of their genius. And then there is a rare subset of incredibly dangerous sociopaths soaked in Dark Enlightenment nightmare libertarianism for whom grifting is true belief"
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3 days ago by poploser
Alberta UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s Anti-Gay Speech Surfaces on World AIDS Day - VICE
"In a statement to VICE, Kenney’s spokesperson Christine Myatt said, “The event Mr. Kenney is referencing in the audio took place in San Francisco when Jason was a student there. He would have been roughly 20 years old at the time. Mr. Kenney’s views on these issues have evolved since then, as have society’s.”"
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5 days ago by poploser
The Mystery Font That Took Over New York - The New York Times
"Choc is far from the most popular typeface on the storefronts of New York, but it can still be found everywhere and in every borough. It’s strewn on fabric awnings and etched in frosted glass. It gleams in bright magenta or platinum lighting. It’s used for beauty salons, Mexican restaurants, laundromats, bagel shops, numerous sushi bars. It may be distorted, stacked vertically, or shoehorned into a cluster of other typefaces. But even here Choc remains clear and articulate, its voice deep and friendly, its accent foreign, perhaps, yet endearing. You’ve already seen it, probably repeatedly, like a stranger you recognize from your morning commute."
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5 days ago by poploser
Rookie Brought the Inclusive Spirit of Zines to the Internet Era | The New Yorker
Rookie Brought the Inclusive Spirit of Zines to the Internet Era

Tavi Gevinson, who founded Rookie, in 2011, announced on Friday that the online magazine was closing down. Photograph by Emily Berl / Redux On Friday, Tavi…
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6 days ago by poploser
What Amazon Reviews Reveal About Humanity
Why I'm So Obsessed With Other People's Amazon Reviews

The real reason to read Amazon reviews — specifically that trail of reviews left by one person, product after product — is to get a glimpse into a life utterly…
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16 days ago by poploser
Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’ - The Ringer
Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’

The best television episode of the 1990s starred a short, blond man and his band. On November 18, 1993, at Sony Music Studios in New York City, Nirvana took on…
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18 days ago by poploser
A Glimpse Into the Ideological Monoculture of Literary New York - Quillette
"When I cut to the chase and asked why no one at the table seemed to feel aggrieved for women suffering under Islamic oppression, voices were raised and, well, I may or may not have been asked to leave. There were other experiences like this, and I learned to hold my tongue. This was socially irritating."
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23 days ago by poploser
HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed its company to the brink - Recode
HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed its company to the brink

HQ could use another win. The company behind HQ Trivia, the once-viral game-show app created by the same guys who invented Vine, is facing a pivotal moment. HQ…
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26 days ago by poploser
Where Do Our Sex Dolls Go After We Die? – The New New – Medium
Where Do Our Sex Dolls Go After We Die?

“ D avecat,” a 46-year-old data entry specialist, lives alone in his 600-square-foot apartment outside Detroit, Michigan, but he’s by no means lonely. He has…
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26 days ago by poploser
Sci-Fi Writer Greg Egan and Anonymous Math Whiz Advance Permutation Problem | Quanta Magazine
How a 4chan Post Helped Solve a 25-Year-Old Math Puzzle

On September 16, 2011, an anime fan posted a math question to the online bulletin board 4chan about the cult classic television series The Melancholy of Haruhi…
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26 days ago by poploser
Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science - The New York Times
Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science

Bruno Latour at his home in Paris. Credit Christopher Anderson/Magnum, for The New York Times Skip to contentSkip to site index He spent decades deconstructing…
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4 weeks ago by poploser
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Pity Jordan Peterson. Can a giant lobster analogy ever replace a sense of humour?

Illustration: Nick Oliver T he nights have drawn in, the rains have come, and it is time to start unveiling some of the lines in the Lost in Showbiz Winter…
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5 weeks ago by poploser
Three Months Inside Alt-Right New York • Commune
Three Months Inside Alt-Right New York • Commune

An undercover antifascist descends through all nine circles of the alt-right inferno. During my three months inside New York’s alt-right, The Daily Stormer Book…
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5 weeks ago by poploser
This Is How We Radicalized The World
"The way the world is using their phones is almost completely dominated by a few Silicon Valley companies. The abuse that is happening is due to their inability to manage that responsibility. All of this has become so normalized in the three years since it first began to manifest that we just assume now that platforms like Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Twitter will exacerbate political and social instability. We expect they will be abused by ultra-nationalist trolls. We know they will be exploited by data firms. We wait for them to help launch the careers of populist leaders."
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The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected - The New York Times
"It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband internet service. But now, as Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction."
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5 weeks ago by poploser
How to Read “Infinite Jest” | The New Yorker
"Go out for drinks with friends. Talk endlessly about book. Reiterate “yoga for the mind” thing. Accept new role as group sophisticate. Warn friends about dangers of bar limes."
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5 weeks ago by poploser
The American Economy Is Rigged - Scientific American
The American Economy Is Rigged

Credit: Andrea Ucini Americans are used to thinking that their nation is special. In many ways, it is: the U.S. has by far the most Nobel Prize winners, the…
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5 weeks ago by poploser
Mr. Rogers's "Look for the Helpers” Is Bad for Adults - The Atlantic
"Once a television comfort for preschoolers, “Look for the helpers” has become a consolation meme for tragedy. That’s disturbing enough; it feels as though we are one step shy of a rack of drug-store mass-murder sympathy cards. Worse, Fred Rogers’s original message has been contorted and inflated into something it was never meant to be, for an audience it was never meant to serve, in a political era very different from where it began. Fred Rogers is a national treasure, but it’s time to stop offering this particular advice."
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5 weeks ago by poploser
WrestleMania III - Wikipedia
"“When the immortal Hulk Hogan become the first man ever to bodyslam the 7-foot-4, 520-pound Andre the Giant before 93,173 fans to hand the big man the first loss of his career, it set the all-time record for the most lies in a single sentence.”"
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The television canon is based on what we bothered to preserve | The Outline
"Though the internet is considered a boundless repository of pop culture, many of the programs that may give us insight on our cultural history are unavailable to the public. Some are stored in archives; others are left forgotten in studio space storage; still more are simply lost because no one decided to preserve them. Television has only recently been viewed as a valid means of cultural production similar to books, plays, and films. Everything we know and perceive about television today is inherently limited by what’s been made available to us in the digital age."
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6 weeks ago by poploser
How employers have gamified work for maximum profit | Aeon Essays
"But gamification’s trapping of total fun masks that we have very little control over the games we are made to play – and hides the fact that these games are not games at all. Gamified systems are tools, not toys. They can teach complex topics, engage us with otherwise difficult problems. Or they can function as subtle systems of social control."
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6 weeks ago by poploser
Does WWE Really Want a Revolution? - The Ringer
"That Lee’s point — and Lee herself, a fan favorite and three-time champion — has been ignored by the narrative heading into Evolution isn’t surprising, given the company’s constant scrubbing of its own historical record."
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6 weeks ago by poploser
An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption | WIRED
An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption

A few years after the Great Recession, you couldn’t scroll through Google Reader without seeing the word “disrupt.” TechCrunch named a conference after it, the…
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6 weeks ago by poploser
The 'Fortnite' Twitch Streamers Teaching Gen Z About Climate Change | WIRED
"That’s how science goes on ClimateFortnite, a channel full of climate scientists who discuss issues of global warming while playing Fortnite on Twitch, hoping the platform’s massive reach will get their message in front of more eyeballs."
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Can You Call It a Sport, If Nothing Happens?
"Renzo Gracie vs. Sanae Kikuta is the worst fight I’ve ever seen. From a competitive standpoint, though, there’s nothing strictly wrong with it. Both fighters were physically engaging and trying to gain an advantage. They were given unlimited time to work, and they weren’t shy to use it. Bas Rutten’s exasperated claim that there is “no point” was wrong. There were points being made emphatically: it’s just that one of them is a sport isn’t inherently worth watching."
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6 weeks ago by poploser
I’m the Kind of Guy Who Says What He Thinks Even If It’s “Politically Incorrect” and Who Also Happens to Agree With Adolf Hitler On a Few Things - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
"Oh boy, here we go. It looks like I’ve offended one of these “delicate flower” types with my so-called “racist tirade.” Well, don’t expect an apology from me! I’m the kind of guy who says what he thinks, even if it’s “politically incorrect.” Oh, and as you probably guessed, I also see eye-to-eye with Adolf Hitler on a few things. I guess that makes me a “bad guy,” huh?"
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7 weeks ago by poploser
Everything You Need to Know About Your Public Library’s New Murder Dome - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
"We want the Murder Dome to be a welcoming place for everyone in Darien. Whether you’re two Hinsdale South High School students on a first date, looking to watch one of our very own “Bloodshed Champions” take on an outsider, or, a father and son, hoping to catch some loose teeth that get knocked into the bleachers. Heck, maybe you’re just wondering how long it takes to bludgeon someone to death with a hardcover copy of Anna Karenina."
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7 weeks ago by poploser
Mad Magazine’s ABCs of a School Shooting Give It a Boost of Relevance - The New York Times
"For those who have long been associated with the magazine, the strip is something to celebrate. “It deserves attention,” said the illustrator Drew Friedman, who has contributed to Mad for more than two decades. “Finally they have a piece that people are talking about, and for me hearkens back to the dark humor of The National Lampoon and the best of Mad early on when it was at its sharpest.” He added: “I can’t see a young kid looking at this without getting upset. I know I would have. That’s what makes it provocative.”"
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7 weeks ago by poploser
Instagram Poetry Is A Huckster’s Paradise | HuffPost
Instagram Poetry Is A Huckster’s Paradise

One day in early November of last year, an Instagram heartthrob posted a photo . In crisp black and white, the picture shows a mop-topped young man, his…
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8 weeks ago by poploser
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Incredibly, Conor McGregor may profit from his farcical fight with Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor contemplated defeat after UFC 229 in Las Vegas.Photograph: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images I n the last six months, Conor…
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9 weeks ago by poploser
Conservatives Hate Postmodernism, and Liberals Don’t Understand Why
"These are supposedly serious public intellectuals in the age of global warming, trade wars, nuclear re-armament, and a global lack of Marxism in any major country saying in print remarkably absurd, histrionic, and hyperbolic things about an approach to criticizing art."
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9 weeks ago by poploser
Toronto raised my friend. Then it failed him - The Globe and Mail
"In the negotiations over Uber’s regulation two years ago, the city tried to placate cab companies worried about competition by levelling safety standards down, rather than up. That is, instead of imposing the same rules on Uber that the taxi firms faced, it eliminated most of the rules for everyone."
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9 weeks ago by poploser
‘Fortnite’ could only exist in a world that’s running out of resources | The Outline
"But that we have a legitimate cultural phenomenon based on a ritualized kill-or-be-killed game style, and no one seems overly concerned about the implications, is something that I think is worth noting. Maybe in 1999, the media would have been absolutely frothing at the battle royale’s renaissance, but the persistent terror and spectacle of 2018 casts a much larger shadow. This lack of attention, however, may ultimately be why Fortnite matters."
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9 weeks ago by poploser
The Movie Assassin – Popula
"Everyone talks about the country falling apart in November 2016, but maybe it fell apart in November 1996, when America went to see The English Patient. What if we had all turned to each other and said, “This garbage is our idea of rave-worthy cinema? Anyone else see a big problem here?”, and then there had been a massive riot?"
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9 weeks ago by poploser
The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles - Vox
"In the moral universe of Sixteen Candles, Jake is allowed to be callous to Caroline without losing his dream boy status because, Sixteen Candles briskly assures us, Caroline is not the right kind of girl. She has breasts, and she drinks. She’s potentially a little bit slutty. “She doesn’t know shit about love,” Jake explains. “The only thing she cares about is partying.” The fact that Jake casually despises his longtime girlfriend doesn’t reflect poorly on him, because it doesn’t affect the fantasy at the heart of Sixteen Candles. What Sixteen Candles is selling is the dream of the unattainable guy falling in love with the everygirl. So for the fantasy to work, Jake must prove his deep and abiding love for Sam. Ignoring and degrading Caroline is an easy shortcut to that goal, because in the moral universe of Sixteen Candles, the more you degrade one girl — the whore — the more you can exalt the virgin."
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9 weeks ago by poploser
“So Long, Gay Bowser”: A queer reading of Super Mario
“So Long, Gay Bowser”: A queer reading of Super Mario

Posing, in true butch stance In the final boss scene of Nintendo’s 1996 hit classic game Super Mario 64 , the short moustachioed protagonist is tasked with…
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10 weeks ago by poploser
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"There was one thing Foster Wallace didn’t predict. That when entertainment and addiction met in the internet, rage and hate would be thrown into the mix. The entertainment addict of Foster’s future projections was a bit of a blob – a passive vessels for this entertainment to pour into. Even the most dystopian thinker couldn’t have predicted that addiction would have rage and hate as its lubricant."
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10 weeks ago by poploser
Mark Zuckerberg is going to ruin Instagram
"In hindsight, the idea that a company could amass users and then figure out a business model later seems woefully naïve, and indeed, it's just that approach that led to the dominance of the ad-supported model that has turned social media into an easily-gamed competition for attention. But there is another way you can look at it: Before the business models were in place, we caught a glimpse of what might be possible for our apps, even if it wasn't sustainable."
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10 weeks ago by poploser
What David Foster Wallace Ate
"In my meandering path toward a better adulthood, I kept reading books but stopped thinking the theories found therein were going to answer the question of how to live in the world. I’ve come instead to the inelegant belief that pretty much the most important thing you can do with your day is make dinner, for your family or friends if you have them or for yourself if you don’t. Do that, and the other stuff mostly falls into place."
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12 weeks ago by poploser
Let's bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’ | Aeon Ideas
Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’

Bryan Mills/Flickr As a boy in late-1940s Memphis, my dad got a nickel every Friday evening to come by the home of a Russian Jewish immigrant named Harry…
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12 weeks ago by poploser
Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea - The New York Times
"“As consumers, as users, we love these tech companies,” she said. “But as citizens, as workers, and as entrepreneurs, we recognize that their power is troubling. We need a new framework, a new vocabulary for how to assess and address their dominance.”"
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12 weeks ago by poploser
Access Denied
"Three decades after Calgary was thrust onto the world stage, does it now want to become world stagier?"
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Aquarius Rising | by Jackson Lears | The New York Review of Books
"King acknowledged the connection between managerialism and militarism at Arlington Cemetery in February 1968, when he said, “Somewhere along the way we have allowed the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.” A society of means without ends was a society without a soul."
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12 weeks ago by poploser
One is the loneliest number: the history of a Western problem | Aeon Ideas
One is the loneliest number: the history of a Western problem

Girl sitting alone in the Sea Grill, a bar and restaurant in Washington, DC, 1943. Photo by Esther Bubley/Library of Congress ‘God, but life is loneliness,’…
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The Debut Novelist's Guide to Battling Imposter Syndrome | Literary Hub
"There is no magical, automatic end date for anxiety if you’re a fundamentally anxious and insecure person. My imposter syndrome flares up, this old fluky cluster of neuroses and inadequacies. It is bully and spoilt child, wolf and sheep, constantly trying to both push me and pull me away from the cusp of failure."
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september 2018 by poploser
The Tragic Death of Mac Miller, a Musician Who Never Stopped Evolving | The New Yorker
"It’s not a force as neat or as definitive as hope that is propelling Miller upward; it was not inevitable that he would resurrect. As he evolved—and he never stopped evolving—he became a bard of post-adolescent rootlessness, comfortable in a tense, liminal space between fear and awe."
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september 2018 by poploser
Rules for Trump Chess | The New Yorker
"Trump Chess comes with a countdown timer, whose ticking speeds up over the course of the game. This may cause players to feel uncomfortable and anxious, but trying to tamper with the timer only makes it worse."
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september 2018 by poploser
What are our ethical obligations to future AI simulations? | Aeon Essays
"What sorts of responsibilities would we owe to these simulated humans? However else we might feel about violent computer games, no one seriously thinks it’s homicide when you blast a virtual assailant to oblivion. Yet it’s no longer absurd to imagine that simulated people might one day exist, and be possessed of some measure of autonomy and consciousness."
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september 2018 by poploser
Ode to Gray
"The color gray is no one’s color. It is the color of cubicles and winter camouflage, of sullage, of inscrutable complexity, of compromise. It is the perfect intermediate, an emissary for both black and white. It lingers, incognito, in this saturated world."
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september 2018 by poploser
What Your New Roommate's Favorite Book Says About Them | Literary Hub
"Be careful with this person. They have a high tolerance for pain. Could be dangerous—or just fun at parties."
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september 2018 by poploser
The Decline and Fall of Diet Coke and the Power Generation That Loved It | The New Yorker
"As an office drink and a leisure drink, a daylight beverage and an acceptable cocktail order, Diet Coke was suited to porous work-life boundaries and the leaders who learned to thrive in, and in some cases insidiously exploit, the gray areas of that new world."
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september 2018 by poploser
Lady boss: Women empowerment rhetoric doesn’t equate to actual power.
"The archetypal woman who identifies herself as a lady boss/boss lady is promoting some kind of consulting practice or home-run business. She uses the words “hustle” and “grind” and “creative” as nouns. She enjoys coffee and goal-setting and early-morning workouts. She “crushes” and “disrupts” the things she loves. She fetishizes competency and productivity and bold lip color. She frequently deploys the term “badass” and other expressions of genial profanity—“get shit done,” “fuck negativity”—with relish."
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september 2018 by poploser
The New Reading Environment | Issue 32 | n+1
"Readers lose patience, and the careful quoting, like snipping coupons with precision, becomes tearing — into lines, phrases, and points. The space grows for misinterpretation, co-optation, and misunderstanding. All it takes is one podcast host with a grudge and a modest following, like an Evangelical pastor of yore, for a small hell to break loose in your mentions. Your authorial control disintegrates. What you wrote is eclipsed by another person’s idea of what you wrote. It’s the reader’s text now — and so are you, an authorial construction, another text to be bandied about. Does anyone enjoy watching themselves get eaten and digested by other people?"
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september 2018 by poploser
Let’s all go back to Tumblr | The Outline
"This is all true to a degree, but lately I’ve been thinking about Twitter’s badness less in the context of the website itself, and more in the context of another website I used to frequent all the time and no longer do: Tumblr. Do you remember Tumblr?"
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september 2018 by poploser
Big tech's narrowing focus
"Up until this point, the excess of choice in digital media has had only one solution: the algorithm. But we've seen the trouble with algorithms like those on YouTube or Netflix. They feed you only what you've already said you like, not things you may not yet know you're into. Worse, they have a tendency to serve up disturbing content. The way forward can't simply be more or better algorithms."
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september 2018 by poploser
How Two Thieves Stole Thousands of Prints From University Libraries - Atlas Obscura
How Two Thieves Stole Thousands of Prints From University Libraries

Quick! Deyan Georgiev/Alamy In the summer of 1980, Robert Kindred was a 35-year-old high school dropout with no plans of going to college. Despite that,…
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september 2018 by poploser
John Rawls, Socialist?
"The basic liberties protected by the first principle included the right to vote and hold public office; freedom of speech, assembly, and conscience; protection from arbitrary arrest and seizure; and “the right to hold (personal) property.” The second regulated distribution once these rights were guaranteed, and since no citizen can be said to benefit from an arrangement that leaves their basic needs unsatisfied, many argue that it implies a guaranteed social minimum."
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september 2018 by poploser
Louis C.K. doesn’t deserve a second chance as a comedian | The Outline
"But does Louis C.K. deserve a meaningful redemption as a comedian? Bluntly, no. C.K.’s entire comedy was predicated on the idea that he was a biased asshole, but an honest one — a person who saw through the bullshit routines governing most human behavior, and could cut to a point by way of honesty. But last year’s revelations showed us that he is not an honest person — beyond being a liar, he is an aggressor and an abuser, and thinks he functions above recrimination. The notion that he could so easily return to doing “typical Louis C.K. stuff” — and that this could even be normal, or fine — is so myopic that only a comedian could’ve come up with it."
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september 2018 by poploser
the economist
"Instead researchers define loneliness as perceived social isolation, a feeling of not having the social contacts one would like. Of course, the objectively isolated are much more likely than the average person to feel lonely. But loneliness can also strike those with seemingly ample friends and family. Nor is loneliness always a bad thing. John Cacioppo, an American psychologist who died in March, called it a reflex honed by natural selection. Early humans would have been at a disadvantage if isolated from a group, he noted, so it makes sense for loneliness to stir a desire for company. Transient loneliness still serves that purpose today. The problem comes when it is prolonged."
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september 2018 by poploser
Who’s Afraid of Tom Arnold? – Rolling Stone
Who’s Afraid of Tom Arnold?

When Tom Arnold opens the big wooden door of his house in Beverly Hills on a Tuesday in late spring, he’s wearing a blue T-shirt with a Superman “S” logo on it.…
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august 2018 by poploser
Uber and the False Hopes of the Sharing Economy - The New York Times
"The cap does absolutely nothing to address the crisis at the heart of professional driving in the city — the devolution into poverty of so many conventional yellow-cab drivers whose livelihoods have been devastated by ride-sharing. Some who owned medallions and were paying them off saw an enormous devaluation of those medallions. Six professional drivers killed themselves during the past several months, most recently, Abdul Saleh, a Yemeni immigrant who was found dead in a rented room in a Brooklyn apartment in June. He had been struggling for months to make payments on a leased cab."
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august 2018 by poploser
It's not just you, everything looks the same on Instagram — Quartzy
"Everyone on Instagram is living the same life. If it seems when you scroll through your feed that everything looks similar, that’s probably because it is. That artfully constructed shot of your latté and avocado toast brunch? The shot of your feet dangling over the edge of a waterfall? You in the back of a canoe? It’s been done before. To death."
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august 2018 by poploser
The Anosognosic's Dilemma: Something's Wrong but You'll Never Know What It Is (Part 1) - The New York Times
"If I were given carte blanche to write about any topic I could, it would be about how much our ignorance, in general, shapes our lives in ways we do not know about. Put simply, people tend to do what they know and fail to do that which they have no conception of. In that way, ignorance profoundly channels the course we take in life. And unknown unknowns constitute a grand swath of everybody’s field of ignorance."
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august 2018 by poploser
Paul Heyman Has Been Giving One of 2018's Best Performances on WWE – /Film
"Wrestling fans are keenly aware of the capitalist nature of the product they’re watching. Promos are contorted to inorganically plug the WWE Network (“For only $9.99 a month!”) and given that shows often feature logos for the next big event and wrestlers strut to the ring wearing the merchandise that most recently went up for sale on the WWE website, the nakedness of what goes in to creating a wrestling show becomes part and parcel of the experience. As of this moment, though, WWE is selling a champion who does not care about the fans or the product while fans are fully aware he’s being paid boat-loads of money to talk about how he doesn’t care. The reason, presumably, is to get fans behind a wrestler who does show up, Lesnar’s opponent at this month’s SummerSlam event, Roman Reigns, though he’s had a bit of trouble being accepted by the crowd. In steps Heyman, to further sell the crowd on the idea that they should, under no circumstances, support the company’s most lucrative and most physically capable champion. That’s a complicated task (one Heyman likely had a hand in writing), because fans are wise to the construction of the artifice. They cheer the bad guys they like. They boo the good guys who haven’t earned their favour. They like Brock Lesnar because he actually is what most wrestlers claim to be: a fighter."
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august 2018 by poploser
The Bullshit Web — Pixel Envy
"The average internet connection in the United States is about six times as fast as it was just ten years ago, but instead of making it faster to browse the same types of websites, we’re simply occupying that extra bandwidth with more stuff. Some of this stuff is amazing: in 2006, Apple added movies to the iTunes Store that were 640 × 480 pixels, but you can now stream movies in HD resolution and (pretend) 4K. These much higher speeds also allow us to see more detailed photos, and that’s very nice. But a lot of the stuff we’re seeing is a pile-up of garbage on seemingly every major website that does nothing to make visitors happier — if anything, much of this stuff is deeply irritating and morally indefensible."
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august 2018 by poploser
The death of Don Draper
The death of Don Draper

T he advertising industry is currently enthralled by a prophet of its imminent demise. Scott Galloway is a professor at New York University’s Stern School of…
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august 2018 by poploser
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