- AOTD on 10/20/20 - Scout: bill
This is exceptionally solid reading about the attention/information economy and how and why it debases us, assuming you're not too exhausted to keep reading about how the internet is wreaking havoc. If so, totally understandable!
I love non-fiction book reviews like this because then I don't need to read the actual books and can focus my "book time" on fiction, classics, and stuff that has stood the test of time.
I wonder what will happen first: Phelps-Roper joining Readup or Marantz writing about Readup. Probably the latter, but I hope that both happen sooner than later. Very interesting people with interesting perspectives.
- # 261336 pts - Scout: bill
This article far exceeded my expectations, just as Stouffer's mac and cheese always did when I was young.
Now sometimes I pretend like I'm fancy by pairing my frozen Amy's burritos with a blob of sour cream whipped with sriracha and slicing an avocado on top, if I have one and it's ripe. Life is better with a dash of intention, but more importantly, when we don't take ourselves too seriously. Seriously.
- # 53743 pts - Scout: billThe Hustle | 10/9/20 | 9 min2 reads1 comment-The Hustle10/9/20|9 min2 reads-
- # 81429 pts - Scout: billMen's Health | Joe Keohane | 10/8/20 | 20 min1 read0 comments-Men's HealthJoe Keohane|10/8/20|20 min1 read-
- AOTD on 10/21/20 - Scout: jbuchanaAll That's Interesting | Katie Serena | 10/9/20 | 14 min22 reads8 comments9.6All That's InterestingKatie Serena|10/9/20|14 min22 reads9.6
- # 211479 pts - Scout: billbill3 days ago
Anybody wanna talk about the 1619 Project? I'd rather talk about the actual thing than all the drama that surrounds it, but alas, here we are. I managed to avoid the headlines that surrounded this kerfuffle for quite some time, but I am glad that I read this piece. It's a case study in everything thats wrong with the media today and lays everything out in a pretty clear, fair way. I really wish this whole thing wasn't thing at all. And there's precisely one reason that it is a thing: Twitter.
Hannah-Jones is undeniably a rabble-rouser on Twitter. That's her game and that's what works on Twitter. Still, I don't think she deserves even a tiny fraction of the flack she's getting.
I thought the 1619 project was wonderful. I read it in print when it came out. The error (around the Revolutionary War) is indeed, a blemish. The Times (and Hannah-Jones) should have made a faster, bolder correction. But to expect news outlets to be flawless is absurd. That's an impossible standard.
The really bad actors here are the fools who started this bogus "1620 Project" (are you kidding!?) and obviously Tom Cotton, who I really wish would disappear.
Silver lining: I have a more nuanced understanding of this one particular aspect of American history.
I deeply believe that if we can save reading -- deep, thoughtful, critical reading -- we can really create a new and better media landscape, and a more sane world. In a brighter future, projects like the 1619 Project still exist, and they are the catalyst for meaningful, productive conversation. In that future, we all ignore the buffons at the ends of the spectrum who say "throw it all away!" and "don't you dare challenge this; it's perfect!" Our unfortunate reality is that those are the only people we hear from. Again, thanks for nothing Twitter.
- # 82925 pts - Scout: bill
I remember being very intrigued (and skeptical) that this poem is just called “Poem” and the way it made my heart sped up and up and up right until the finish and I thought “Ahh!! I'll never forget that!" and now, sure enough, almost a decade later I still very much remember that experience and I love to re-read it.
- # 161786 pts - Scout: bill
Ok, so I'm pretty sure I've said this before but I'll say it again: I need to read every single thing that Lauren Oyler writes. This is a spectacular gem of a review about a writer I had never heard of and who I now feel like I already know and love. You better believe I'll be posting some of Hazzard's short stories on Readup in the coming days. What a blast of fresh air.
- Update (10/15/2020):
One of the several dozen passages that stopped me:
But nowadays—was it because one travelled more easily, or because one acted with less finality?—people did not part. On the contrary, contemporary tragedy seemed to be bound up with their staying together.
- Update (10/15/2020):
- # 47810 pts - Scout: billLondon Review of Books | Carlos Dada | 10/8/20 | 14 min1 read1 comment9.0London Review of BooksCarlos Dada|10/8/20|14 min1 read9.0
- AOTD on 10/15/20 - Scout: chronotope
Wow. Some small part of me wanted to give Jonathan the benefit of the doubt. I don't know why. Maybe because I'm a guy. Maybe because I'm borderline obsessed with seeing "both sides." But this passage absolutely floored me:
(When the fact-checker I worked with on this story reached out to Jonathan about what happened that night after the shoot, he said my allegations were “too tawdry and childish to respond to.” He added: “You do know who we are talking about right? This is the girl that was naked in Treats! magazine, and bounced around naked in the Robin Thicke video at that time. You really want someone to believe she was a victim?”)
He must just be a full-on sociopath.
Also, Emily's a great writer.
Oh, and PS, thanks for nothing, Instagram. It's absolutely astounding just how many tragic stories of our day start and end with this one nightmare company.
- AOTD on 10/16/20 - Scout: skrtThe Cut | Cody Delistraty | 5/11/17 | 4 min24 reads7 comments9.7The CutCody Delistraty|5/11/17|4 min24 reads9.7
- # 61656 pts - Scout: billThe California Sunday Magazine | 3/28/18 | 37 min2 reads1 comment9.0The California Sunday Magazine3/28/18|37 min2 reads9.0
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- AOTD on 10/13/20 - Scout: Ruchita_Ganurkar
- # 102377 pts - Scout: bill
A good, human story about one North Korean's struggle to adapt to capitalism and consumerism. Also, a wild reminder that so much can change so fast; it only took a couple of decades for North Korea to turn into full-on dystopia:
From 1945 — when the Korean Peninsula was split by the U.S. and the Soviet Union following the Japanese occupation — until the 1970s, North Korea was the richer of the two nations. The communist North enjoyed a better infrastructure and a stronger economy than the democratic South; some Koreans living abroad who had the choice of either country, including So Won’s grandfather who’d moved to Japan, opted to claim citizenship in the North.
Wrong choice, man.
- # 115309 pts - Scout: KapteinB
I love big ideas, so this was fun to read. My opinion here is solidly split though - I'm strong positive on ramped up (common sense) immigration, and strong negative on government-sponsored incentives to increase the size of families. Regardless, it's a coherent, interesting argument.
I was raised in the Clinton years, so I cant even remotely imagine hearing a US president speak the way that JFK spoke.
These easy things feel hard only because we've become accustomed to a political culture that can barely do anything at all.
- AOTD on 10/12/20 - Scout: normanbae
This is a refreshing thing to read in an era where it seems like lots of journalistic writing is trying hard to be "winning" or even "right" (emphasis mine):
What follows are three second-order predictions—for our economy, our workforce, and our politics. Because predicting the future is, like dart throwing, easily done and often misdirected, each prediction ends with the best argument I can think of for why it won’t actually come true.
My own situation directly relates to the third prediction, although I take some silly pride in the fact that I fled the city several years ago. Still though, I just registered to vote in rural New Mexico (where I now live) and it feels way more meaningful than voting in NY or SF as I did in my 20s. I'm not a Democrat, but I I am young(ish?) and progressive/radical, and I work in tech. People like me are usually in cities, but now we'll be voting "out in the country" this time around.
- AOTD on 10/5/20 - Scout: bill
- # 112321 pts - Scout: bill
youtube plays the most horrifying role in this story, fanning the all of the worst flames: mobilizing knuckleheads, literally spreading the virus, and polarizing millions of people far beyond this one quirky town.
The Private Equity San Franciscan mom turned rural cult (?) leader (lol) is one of my favorite characters in this zany story, which includes many crazies and funnies. i want to know that grim reaper.
lets not shame people for talking openly about the Bible and their faith in public forums. thats a beautiful thing to do.
- AOTD on 10/8/20 - Scout: Ruchita_GanurkarMedium | Momo Estrella | 5/15/14 | 7 min24 reads12 comments9.7MediumMomo Estrella|5/15/14|7 min24 reads9.7
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- # 26646 pts - Scout: billHuffPost Highline | Abby Lee Hood | 10/3/20 | 11 min3 reads1 comment-HuffPost HighlineAbby Lee Hood|10/3/20|11 min3 reads-
- AOTD on 10/3/20 - Scout: deephdave
With Karp, as with Palantir, it’s often hard to know what is real and what is mythmaking. It’s often repeated in articles, for example, that Karp studied in Germany under Jürgen Habermas, perhaps the most influential living philosopher. “The most important thing I learned from him is I couldn’t be him, and I didn’t want to be him,” Karp confided on a recent podcast with a sort of knowing intimacy. In fact, as Moira Weigel, a historian of media technologies, has pointed out, Karp not only didn’t do his dissertation under Habermas, he didn’t even study in the same department.
- # 22860 pts - Scout: billLithub | 9/4/20 | 16 min2 reads3 comments-Lithub9/4/20|16 min2 reads-
- AOTD on 10/11/20 - Scout: billAttention Activist | 5 min49 reads19 comments9.6Attention Activist5 min49 reads9.6
Yes!! Watching The Social Dilemma was a powerful experience for me. Overall definitely positive, but also conflicted. This is the article I've been hoping to read. Jay and I see eye to eye on almost all of this stuff.
Everyone needs to look within and the work is hard and deep and personal. Theres no pill we can take and no law thats going to save us. WE need to save us.
- AOTD on 9/26/20 - Scout: deephdaveThe Guardian | Elliot Dallen | 9/7/20 | 10 min38 reads11 comments10The GuardianElliot Dallen|9/7/20|10 min38 reads10
- # 19686 pts - Scout: billOm Weekly by Kelly Barrett | 6 min5 reads1 comment10Om Weekly by Kelly Barrett6 min5 reads10bill4 weeks ago
Has everybody seen The Social Dilemma? It's still trending on Netflix which is super good news for Readup. The movement is growing!
PS Free is Evil on track to AOTD. Gogogo!
- AOTD on 9/22/20 - Scout: Tarunikaforbes.com | Steven Bertoni | 9/15/20 | 7 min15 reads11 comments9.4forbes.comSteven Bertoni|9/15/20|7 min15 reads9.4
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- -0 pts - Scout: billlatimes.com | Kevin Crust | 9/9/20 | 5 min7 reads5 comments8.3latimes.comKevin Crust|9/9/20|5 min7 reads8.3
- AOTD on 9/19/20 - Scout: Pegeen
- AOTD on 9/16/20 - Scout: Ruchita_GanurkarSlate | Joe Morgan | 12/6/18 | 6 min42 reads18 comments8.0SlateJoe Morgan|12/6/18|6 min42 reads8.0
Love this article, love the comments.
In the US, the entire education system is in disrepair. Alt titles for this article include:
- Robots Are Coming For Your Children
- Don't Let Screens Destroy Your Soul
- Creativity Itself Is Under Attack
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