Welcome to issue #237 of meshedsociety – a curated email in which I share some of the most informative, insightful and inspirational pieces that I've recently been stumbling on, with a focus on technology, digital, and some serendipity.
Hello! I hope you are doing well.
I'm trying out a slightly modified format by making this email more compact, removing most of my commentary and opinion, except for rare cases, or where I consider a comment necessary for context. There is a risk that this will make meshedsociety more generic and less personal. On the other hand, it puts the recommendations front and center, and that's my goal. Plus, it is a bit less work writing this email :)
On to this issue's recommendations!
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Last issue's top 3 most clicked articles:
- Hit the mute button: why everyone is trying to silence the outside world
(theguardian.com, 8 minutes)
- Progress, Postmodernism and the Tech Backlash
(alexdanco.com, 12 minutes)
The hypothesis that is proposed here: When it comes to technology, modernists want progress, postmodernists innovation, regardless of whether progress is being made.
- Will Spotify Ruin Podcasting?
(mattstoller.substack.com, 15 minutes)
- Opting out online: “You will be missed"
(reallifemag.com, 6 minutes)
- Stop Assuming Autonomous Vehicles Are Going To Be Safer Than Humans
(jalopnik.com, 6 minutes)
- I Spoke Out Against Sexual Harassment at Uber. The Aftermath Was Terrifying
(time.com, 9 minutes)
- Teens use groups accounts on Instagram to feed it randomized data and protect privacy
(cnet.com, 8 minutes)
- What Happens To Your Mail-Order Mattress After You Return It
(fivethirtyeight.com, 5 minutes)
- Advice to avoid public Wi-Fi is mostly out of date
(eff.org, 4 minutes)
- What’s next in Europe’s scooter wars?
(sifted.eu, 7 minutes)
- N26 customers feel 'betrayed' by the German digital bank's decision to quit the UK
(cnbc.com, 4 minutes)
- The problems that emerge when insurers are becoming 'smarter'
(reallifemag.com, 12 minutes)
- Tesla teardown finds electronics 6 years ahead of Toyota and VW
(asia.nikkei.com, 7 minutes)
From my perspective, Tesla is the most exciting and revolutionary company in the world right now.
- Yuval Noah Harari Gives the Really Big Picture
(newyorker.com, 45 minutes)
Through this extensive profile of Harari, I discovered the Netflix show Sthisel, which I find quite fascinating.
- How to do a constructive, intelligent political rant
(overcomingbias.com, 4 minutes)
- Six ways coronavirus will change our world
(exponentialview.co, 6 minutes)
- Purity spirals: A process of moral outbidding is corroding small communities from within
(unherd.com, 9 minutes)
(Pessimists Archive, 50 minutes)
Hilarious episode on the strange historical pattern of people claiming that new technologies are physically deforming our faces.
- How Facebook bought WhatsApp
(Acquired, 1 hour 46 minutes)
- Mark Zuckerberg was blinded by his need to compete
(Recode Decode, 1 hour 9 minutes)
Wired editor-at-large Steven Levy talks with Kara Swisher about his latest book "Facebook: The Inside Story".
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