[The Internet] makes dumb people dumber and smart people smarter. If you don’t know how to use it, or don’t have the background to ask the right questions, you’ll end up with a head full of nonsense. But if you do know how to use it, it’s an endless wealth of information. Just as globalization and de-unionization have been major drivers of the growth of income inequality over the past few decades, the internet is now a major driver of the growth of cognitive inequality. Caveat emptor.
Marian Call’s ode to Die Hard will probably be the only Christmas song I ever post here.
Warning – explicit lyrics! Because it’s a movie quote of course.
Via Jason Snell.
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.