That level of work ethic and focus is rare, particularly with my generation of programmers who were raised with the vile “work smart, not hard” mantra, coupled with the sense that we were somehow significantly brighter than most of our peers. Combine those two notions and add the Scotty Principle and you get….me.
The problem is, you can look at the internet as a collection of random odds and ends that it is your job to curate—some of these things may be “truer” than others, but what’s really important is whether you love or hate them enough to post them to the social website of your choice.
These people, usually young white men, are the ones “given a shot,” often ahead of the young journos of color and even great reporters who aren’t on anyone’s radar, because they project a competence and confidence that the white guys doing the hiring saw in themselves when they first got started. And because these candidates are young, unlike mid-career journalists, they’re not afraid to take a startup news gig that might disappear in a year. They’re also cheap.
Hopefully it’s obvious that an email culture is vastly superior to a meeting culture. A group of people can make progress on dozens of issues simultaneously by email in the time it would take to organize their schedules for a single meeting. Also, the quality of decisions made by email is frequently better because there’s no arbitrary need to make a decision by the end of the meeting; people can respond when they are ready, and easily pull in additional participants and information as needed.
In 2025, the Internet will enhance our awareness of the world and ourselves while diminishing privacy and allowing abusers to “make life miserable for others,” according to a new report by the Pew Research Center and Elon University.
The problem for media organizations is where, if anywhere, to draw the line between amusing content and the mission of reporting the news. Many digital publications have relied on addictively shared content of dubious news value — like quizzes to determine which character of the Downton Abbey television series the user most resembles.
And whether they like it or not, in these tough times news organizations are prepared to take advantage of a strategy that allows them to charge more for advertising — rates are based on monthly visitors to the site — and to potentially attract new readers who might become loyal followers.
I will say I have been more emotional since the study ended, and I don’t mean always cheerful,” he said. “But I think it’s better to feel things strongly — better to be alive than to merely function.
Reading Tip #1
It’s tempting to judge what you read: “I agree with these statements, and I disagree with those.”
However, a great thinker who has spent decades on an unusual line of thought cannot induce their context into your head in a few pages. It’s almost certainly the case that you don’t fully understand their statements.
Instead, you can say: “I have now learned that there exists a worldview in which all of these statements are consistent.”
And if it feels worthwhile, you can make a genuine effort to understand that entire worldview. You don’t have to adopt it. Just make it available to yourself, so you can make connections to it when it’s needed.
We’ve taken an opportunity for connection and distorted it to commodify attention.