Here is a new issue of meshedsociety weekly, loaded with interesting analyses and essays, significant information bits, thoughtful opinion pieces from the digital and technology world, and a bit serendipity.
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- I Tried Emailing Like a CEO and Quite Frankly, It Made My Life Better (buzzfeed.com, 7 minutes)
Being slightly impolite (because extremely brief) but quick worked very well for Katie Notopoulos.
- Fake News Is an Oracle (locusmag.com, 9 minutes)
Cory Doctorow explores the topic of fake news and conspiracy theories from a different angle than what is usually being done: He likens these phenomena to the trauma of living in a world where there is ample evidence that our truth-seeking exercises can’t be trusted.
- What content dominates on YouTube? (blog.pex.com, 5 minutes)
Music. And when it comes to the distribution of views in general: 0.64% of all videos ever reach more than 100,000 views, and these videos represent 81.6% of all views on the platform.
- How I made money podcasting and why you probably don’t want to (blog.usejournal.com, 13 minutes)
Fascinating account from “ how he becameJapan’s first professional podcaster”, built a little media business, worked 80-hour-weeks with good revenue for one person but not enough to hire staff, gave up on the business by taking a full time job, and also about how podcasting changed him as a person.
- The Threat Of Automation Is A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy (palladiummag.com, 15 minutes)
The last sentence of this article is a good tl;dr: “Automation is a threat only because we believe it to be a threat, but it would stop being one if we acknowledged just how underrated humans are.“
- How the Smartphone Helped Save the Planet (wired.com, 6 minutes)
Some might find the headline hyperbolic (and I actually modified it and replaced “iPhone” with “Smartphone”), but the point made is important to take into account: Billions of people buying smartphones isn’t automatically damaging the environment more than if these people wouldn’t have bought smartphones – because the smartphone replaced so many tools and gadgets that people now don’t buy anymore. As the author puts it, the smartphone let us dematerialize our consumption.
- Jony Ive’s Fragmented Legacy: Unreliable, Unrepairable, Beautiful Gadgets (ifixit.com, 4 minutes)
Seen from the perspective presented in the previous piece, maybe this “unrepairable” legacy must be considered the price we paid for having gotten the ability to dematerialize our consumption elsewhere…?
- Eskilstuna: how a Swedish town became the world capital of recycling (theguardian.com, 12 minutes)
The city of Eskilstuna is home to a small shopping mall named “ReTuna“, where everything on sale is secondhand or recycled.
- In Japan, a growing number of car-sharing users don’t rent cars for driving (asahi.com, 4 minutes)
This makes sense: In crowded (Japanese) cities, paying a few bucks for short-term access to a car in order to get a break from all the people to nap, relax or think, can be totally worth it.
- The Families Who Use Slack and Asana at Home (theatlantic.com, 7 minutes)
Makes me wonder if there is a market opportunity/need for a particular communication and management app targeting families.
- Hidden VPN owners unveiled: 97 VPN products run by just 23 companies (vpnpro.com, 10 minutes)
The VPN industry is characterized by lack of transparency and convoluted ownership structures – and a few of the companies involved are based in China.
- Hong Kong’s protesters use AirDrop to breach China’s Firewall (qz.com, 3 minutes)
Smart use case for AirDrop. Who knows where else this will come handy in the future.
- Social Media and Thought Leadership for Founders (thisisgoingtobebig.com, 10 minutes)
How to combine being an entrepreneur/startup founder and a thought leader, and why that can be a good move.
- Response Rate is a Quality Signal (acrowdedspace.com, 3 minutes)
Some insightful remarks on the information that emails which ask how happy a customer was with a specific service/product, provide to the sender.
- Diversify Your Friendship Portfolio (lesswrong.com, 2 minutes)
An intriguing analogy: As it is widely suggested to diversify one’s financial investments, one could apply the same concept to friendships.
- Hey, grownups, it’s time to lose the backpack (inquirer.com, 3 minutes)
Turns out, the backpack has become a thing in day-to-day (business) life among grown-ups (in the moment I read this I realized how true this is, at least in the countries in which I spend my time), but the simple backpack etiquette (“Take it off in crowded spaces”) isn’t always followed. It’s meant as a serious read (I guess) but it’s also hilarious.
- Why LinkedIn is the only social network that survives breakups (cnbc.com, 4 minutes)
Apropos hilarious (as a topic someone felt worth covering). But at least for myself, it’s definitely true.
- For 40 Years, Crashing Trains Was One of America’s Favorite Pastimes (atlasobscura.com, 6 minutes)
Incredible. I can see why people found this fascinating. Let’s see whether in 100 years there’ll be an equivalent for today’s new technology.
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