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    • Epicurious | Tara O'Brady | 7/15/20 | 5 min
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      skrt3 weeks ago
    • The New York Times Company | Annie Correal | 2/28/18 | 7 min
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      skrt1 month ago

      Sad to see this happening.

    • Anti-Imperialism.org | 7/6/15 | 40 min
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      skrt1 month ago

      Oh my god. This is probably the most influential article I’ve read in a long, long time. It’s really long but worth it, in my opinion. Don’t know if I agree with everything the author posited but it helped me re-evaluate some of my preconceptions. Would love to hear other’s thoughts for sure.

    • Vulture | Lauren Michele Jackson | 6/4/20 | 6 min
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      skrt2 months ago

      food for thought. i don't think i agree with everything that was said but i'd be very curious to hear others' opinions.

    • The Stanford Sphere | 10/30/18 | 5 min
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      skrt3 months ago

      so many good lines to chew on here. two years old, but still very resonant

    • Image Journal | 17 min
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      skrt3 months ago

      Loved it. Small thought, but I don’t think I can agree that the widely embraced goal of virality is necessarily rooted in a desire to share the gift, so to speak. Nowadays, virality is often sought after in order to gain long term social capital (followers, etc) to ensure the creator’s longevity on that platform. Not super idealistic I think.

    • The Atlantic | Jeremy Raff | 2/14/20 | 20 min
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      skrt4 months ago
    • nationalgeographic.com | Craig Welch, David Guttenfelder | 3/25/20 | 25 min
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      skrt4 months ago

      impressed and hopeful. rare to see a vaguely optimistic take on climate change, and i'm here for it.

    • Catapult | larissapham | 10/19/16 | 11 min
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      skrt4 months ago
    • The New Yorker | Rachel Aviv | 3/30/20 | 45 min
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      skrt4 months ago

      Absolutely engrossing and tragic. I don’t know what to think, but am intrigued by the idea of cross cultural practices operating as an overwhelming force.

    • The New York Times Company | Jennifer Finney Boylan | 3/31/20 | 6 min
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      skrt4 months ago

      it's pretty! i love vignette type articles like this, it helps me make more sense of such a fractured world.

    • The New York Times Company | Casey Gerald | 12/8/18 | 6 min
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      skrt4 months ago

      I've been thinking about this quote since this article came out a year and a half ago: "'You know, we did a lot of things we wouldn’t advise anybody we loved to do.' I knew what he meant. If you catch it from the right angle, a kid picking himself up by his bootstraps can look like a suicide."

    • The New Yorker | Emily Nussbaum | 3/16/20 | 55 min
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      skrt4 months ago
    • The Atlantic | Ian Bogost | 1/16/20 | 12 min
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      skrt4 months ago

      This article is amazing and has given me so much food for thought. Love the invocation of Auge; I'm definitely going to look into more of his theory on non-places. However, I'm not certain I buy into the author's superspatial theory completely. By describing someone doing work on their phone at the dinner table as "transporting to the office" or buying plane tickets off an app as "transporting to the ticket counter" feels a lot like the early promoters of the Internet trying to attract users by comparing it to the real world. In reality, using Slack on your bed feels nothing like being in the office, and I agree that this is definitely a problem.

      I would almost argue the opposite of this statement from the author: "These changes hollow out the spaces where specific activities once took place. The unique vibe and spiritual energy of the record shop or the clothing boutique evaporate away once Spotify or Amazon takes over for them." Instead, although home has become a prison of convenience, does that not make physical experiences all the more special? The aesthetic and constancy of the Internet is something I personally easily tire of. And while I agree that the Internet has infiltrated into our lives inescapably, I wonder if spending most of our time in superspaces gives us a better appreciation of spaces that are simply single-purpose, just like the old days.

    • The Atlantic | Mickey Edwards | 6/7/11 | 16 min
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      skrt9 months ago
    • Stanford Daily | 10/21/19 | 4 min
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      skrt9 months ago

      my first stab at writing down my fear, anger, and discomfort of the world. it's not perfect, but i'd love to dialogue on these issues because they are very much on my mind!!

    • The Atlantic | Ta-Nehisi Coates | 7/4/15 | 46 min
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      skrt10 months ago

      Speaks for itself.

    • Woman's Day | 7/1/16 | 11 min
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      skrt11 months ago
    • BuzzFeed News | Katie J.M. Baker | 6/3/16 | 41 min
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      skrt11 months ago
    • The New Yorker | Ronan Farrow | 9/7/19 | 14 min
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      skrt11 months ago

      Maybe it's naive of me, but this was the article that has broken me the most over the past couple of days. I didn't know about Epstein's alleged involvement with Media Lab before this, and I've looked up to the lab as an institution since high school. With revelations such as this one, it's clear that the narrative of the objectivity and therefore uncorruptibility of tech is absolutely untrue. Abuse of power will never come as a surprise, even in the new tech age.

    • Vulture | Jonathan Van Meter | 9/3/19 | 38 min
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      skrt11 months ago
    • deadspin.com | Deadspin Staff | 8/23/19 | 46 min
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      skrt11 months ago

      Yeah, I read this behemoth in its entirety. Role model for sure, and a true inspiration for me and my future.

    • theconcourse.deadspin.com | Megan Greenwell | 8/23/19 | 13 min
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      skrt11 months ago

      Such a brave, passionate take. "The tragedy of digital media isn’t that it’s run by ruthless, profiteering guys in ill-fitting suits; it’s that the people posing as the experts know less about how to make money than their employees, to whom they won’t listen" hit hard.

    • The New Yorker | Cal Newport | 8/6/19 | 15 min
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      skrt11 months ago

      Interesting take on the management/tech divide when it comes to a single problem (synchrony vs asynchrony).

    • skrt11 months ago

      "college youtube" has been on my mind lately. honestly i think the title summarizes it best - are these youtubers commodifying the elite college experience, and if so, at whose expense? none of the students interviewed think this practice is wrong, but it feels so icky to me to capitalize off the fears and anxieties of college hopefuls

    • BuzzFeed News | Larissa Pham | 8/24/14 | 8 min
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      skrt1 year ago

      Hands down, one of my favorite personal essays I've ever read. First read when it was published, and I still return to it again and again.

    • Guernica | 4/1/14 | 18 min
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      skrt1 year ago

      Made me cry. Thanks for including it in the newsletter.

    • Stanford Daily | 3/13/19 | 11 min
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      skrt1 year ago

      really enjoyed this take on burnout from a student perspective--

    • Stanford Daily | 3/8/19 | 3 min
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      skrt1 year ago

      "Every time I feel useless I have to remember, as a reader, I am made by books that I’ve read … they formally constructed me.”

      So gorgeous. Love this lady.

    • BuzzFeed News | Anna Held | 2/16/19 | 9 min
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      skrt1 year ago

      Frankly, I found this article beautiful, but the huge polarization along gender lines to be found in the comments section is ... something to behold.

    • The Guardian | Rutger Bregman | 3/30/17 | 15 min
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      skrt1 year ago

      thought-provoking read.

    • BuzzFeed News | Anne Helen Petersen | 8/19/18 | 53 min
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      skrt1 year ago

      A hell of a long article, but a really good one.

    • The Adroit Journal | 11 min
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      skrt1 year ago

      highly recommend.

    • The Atlantic | Michael Godsey | 3/4/15 | 16 min
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      skrt2 years ago

      "Admitting that she’s "judgemental," Benedikt says one reason she "feels so strongly about public schools" is that, while some teens like to read Walt Whitman, "getting drunk before basketball games … did the same thing" for her. My girl deserves to be in a place where she won’t face diatribes from judgmental students who call her names just because she chooses to buy into her own educational aspirations. She should have the opportunity to read Whitman with sober, like-minded friends knowing that they, too, are getting what they bought in for."

      Is it just me or does this part reek of the author imposing his will on his daughter? Of course, I understand his underlying point: from their children's early years, parents must decide if they should prioritize "coolness" or education (depending on which education system); but saying that it's the daughter herself who is buying-in to an immersive education seems like a bit of a stretch, imo, esp the part at the end where he completely dismisses the basketball anecdote for his daughter... Sounds an awful lot like "My daughter isn't one of THOSE kids .."