Basically everyone is dressing like me.... I now look like every single fucking hipster dad in America.... Through the grunge era I was always a little bit too preppy. But now the thing about this lumbersexual bullshit, there’s a little bit of prep.
– John Roderick, Roderick on the Line #134: A Minimum of Eels
If a writer has kept me hooked on a long westward cross-country drive and blows a tire at the Nevada-California border, I rarely hold a grudge. I bail out on most writers back in Scranton.
– Dwight Garner, on the Serial Podcast Finale
Yes, journalism has always been messy, but the speed with which it’s generated, aggregated and distributed may now be overwhelming us.... Paradoxically, in the age of oncoming vertically integrated digital-media companies it may become easier, and certainly faster, to ignore the facts.
– Kontra, in Stop the Presses!
Change is hard, in our own lives and in the lives of nations. Change is even harder when we carry the weight of history on our shoulders. Today we are making these changes because it is the right thing to do.
– Barack Obama on ending the United States embargo against Cuba
I love Comet Cafe.
Jacob Harris takes a stand against the increasing flow of “bullshit data:”
Nobody can say exactly when the trend first started, but in 2014 we saw the first major outbreaks of bogus data distributed by private companies just so it would go viral online.
Read the whole thing (it’s short): A Wave of P.R. Data
[I]t seems to me that Twitter’s slowing growth corresponds pretty closely to its complexity increasing over the past few years.... Twitter seems run by people who just don’t get Twitter.
What’s more harmful to consumers: invading their privacy, bombarding them with push-notification ads, or Today widgets that can launch their app to complete a task?
– Marco Arment on Apple and the App Store review process
People want to have read “longform” (whatever that means), but if presented with either attentively reading a 10,000-word article or checking social networks and munching on some listicles, longform usually loses. If there’s a paywall in front of it, it gets even worse. You can monetize people’s good intentions even if they’re not backed up by consistent actions, but not for long.
– Marco Arment on Longform Overload
Information may “want to be free,” but there’s still no free lunch.
BTW How many people have spent more time thinking about what people aspire to read and what they actually do read than Marco Arment?
It is one of the great ironies of modern politics that the U.S. bailout has been so politically toxic. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee in 2008, has quipped that the bailout “will go down in history as the most successful wildly unpopular thing the federal government has ever done.”
– Pepper Culpepper, America’s bank bailouts worked