Surat Lozowick on The Internet

The problem with decentralized social networks

Most distributed social networks ultimately fail (in the sense of mainstream popularity and adoption, which is how success is measured for social networks) because the majority of people don’t want a decentralized, self-hosted network. The entire internet is a decentralized … Continue reading

Important tech writing

Dave Lee: Good technology journalism, important technology journalism, is about the cultural impact; the political ramifications; the state of an industry that we’re essentially relying on to provide much of the West’s economic clout in the future. Many technology writers … Continue reading

An interview with Notational Velocity developer Zachary Schneirov

For those who use it, Notational Velocity needs no introduction (and for those who don’t, trying it out is the best way to really understand why it has such an ardent following). It’s a simple application for taking, storing and … Continue reading

Meaning

Sharing is fundamental to our relationships. It’s wonderful, it’s powerful, and it’s deeply meaningful. But not all sharing is created equal. Showing a friend an album of baby photos, sitting sunken in an old family couch, is far different from … Continue reading

Monetizing free content

Seth Godin in “The erosion in the paid media pyramid”, on the balance shifting between what he calls free, mass, limited and bespoke content: …there’s a huge sucking sound, and that’s the erosion of mass as part of the media … Continue reading

The contradiction of digital/technological minimalism

Why is digital and technological minimalism such a trend? It’s because computers are inherently excessive. Modern computers are not built to do one thing well, or to do just enough. They are built to do many things, to do more … Continue reading

Facebook “frictionless” sharing

I wrote this recently in regards to Facebook relationship status changes, after seeing quite unexpectedly that two friends had went from “in a relationship” to “single”: There’s nothing quite like Facebook relationship status updates… they’re like seeing a headline without … Continue reading

Short-term capitalism →

Seth Godin on short-term thinking: The short-term capitalist is betting that someone else will clean it up. One of the worst things you can call a business person, I think, is a short-term capitalist. He selfishly takes for now and … Continue reading

Disposable Culture

We live in a culture of disposability. Supermarket aisles are lined with disposable cups and plates, with food in disposable packaging, each item with an expiration date, when the food will become disposable as well (what leftovers haven’t already been … Continue reading

More on “Big Ideas”

Previously: The “Elusive Big Idea”: the problem is not a lack of ideas, but a lack of interest Megan Garber at the The Nieman Journalism Lab: Far from living in a post-idea world, we’re creating a world so thoroughly saturated … Continue reading