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

When Obama first got elected, he should have let it all just drop.... Just let the country flatline. Let the auto industry die. Don’t bail anybody out. In sports, that’s what any new GM does. They make sure that the catastrophe is on the old management and then they clean up. They don’t try to save old management’s mistakes.... Let it all go to hell knowing good and well this is on them.

Chris Rock

There are many roads to the future—many innovative roads to the future—and the best of them don’t involve Uber.

Tom Slee

A Watch app complements your iOS app; it does not replace it. If you measure interactions with your iOS app in minutes, you can expect interactions with your Watch app to be measured in seconds. So interactions need to be brief and interfaces need to be simple.

– Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines, Designing for Apple Watch (via Allen Pike).

Indeed, when [Economist Jonathan] Gruber discusses the ignorance of American voters in the video clips, no political scientist who knows even smidgen about American public opinion would have raised an eyebrow. This isn’t because political scientists look down on voters; it’s because they have surveyed voters repeatedly and discovered that rational ignorance is this is just the way it is.

But stating that most voters are uninformed about most things is one of those rude utterances that one just does not say in polite political company. People can say it behind closed doors, or at academic settings, but never on camera.

Gruber, unknowingly, said it on camera. That’s his sin. And I suspect it’s a sin that countless social scientists have committed at myriad conferences over the years.

– Dan Drezner on The Low-Down, Dirty Truth About Grubergate

Yup. We’ve all done this.

A Theory of [Podcasts]

[A]udio demands certain things. It demands plot in a pretty straightforward way, or it demands authentic emotion in a pretty serious way, or it demands companionship. So those are the three reasons that I think people listen to audio. They want to be told a story, they want to feel a very personal connection, or they want to hang out with friends that they feel like they have. And the best shows do all three. And that’s what we’re going to be going for.

Alex Blumberg, Gimlet Media

Sounds about right to me.

Americans for now seem to grudgingly accept that these are the trade-offs of living in the digital age — or else they fear that it is too late to do anything about it… once people are invested in a service — if they have all their social contacts on Facebook or years of email on Gmail, for instance — they have a hard time giving it up.

“It’s this modern economy that doesn’t really rely on price, but on connections and stickiness,” Mr. Rotenberg said. “The companies have done everything they can to make it impossible to go somewhere else.”

Pew offered some evidence that people are inured to the trade-offs of using digital services: Ninety-one percent agree or strongly agree that consumers have lost control over how their personal information is collected or used by companies. They are unsure what to do about it, though.

– Claire Cain Miller, Americans Say They Want Privacy, but Act as if They Don’t

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