“We are lent into each other’s keeping.” Our time with each other is borrowed, its duration is unknown, and that uncertainty makes it precious.
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The people who are paid to get corporate messages across outnumber daily news journalists by nearly 10 to 1. That’s not even a fair fight. So what responsibility do PR people have?
A gentleman never dances so well as the dancing master, and an ordinary fiddler makes better musique for a shilling than a gentleman will do after spending forty, and so in all the delights of the world almost. –The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Weds. 27 January 1663/64
One of today’s top recommended stories in my Medium feed is a piece intriguingly titled “How I Got My Attention Back.” I clicked through, only to see that Medium estimated it as a 14-minute read. Fourteen minutes! You expect me to spend more than half a pomodoro of my precious attention on a wandering first-person narrative about your […]
As a society, we are facing a crisis of understanding. Fake news is just the latest expression of a deeper problem: We have more and more difficulty thinking about (and talking about) complex topics. In short, it’s hard to convey nuance and multiplicity with the media we have today. Social networks are built to facilitate […]
This year I took the kids shopping with me on Christmas Eve. I gave them $60 each: A twenty to buy a present for their mom, a twenty to buy a present for their sibling, and a twenty to buy some stocking stuffers for the other three members of the family. “You’re going to help play […]
I’m done with Facebook for now, so I am signing off for awhile. Partly I am annoyed with the company for not taking a stand against the Trump administration and its elected leader’s comments about making lists of Muslims and immigrants. For the company’s COO to attend a meeting with Trump yesterday and say absolutely […]
Jonathan Taplin: Since 2000, recorded music revenues in the United States have fallen to $7.2 billion per year from $19.8 billion. Home entertainment video revenue fell to $18 billion in 2014 from $24.2 billion in 2006. United States newspaper ad revenue fell to $23.6 billion in 2013 from $65.8 billion in 2000. And yet, by […]
A really insightful essay on why nonviolence plays such an important role at Standing Rock — and how it might work going forward. “The way we see and treat someone is a powerful invitation for them to be as we see them. See someone as deplorable, and even their peace overtures will look like cynical […]
Has it really been 7 years since I relaunched tinywords.com? Time flies. I am no longer editing the journal — that job has been ably taken over by Kathe Palka and Peter Newton — but I continue to maintain the technical side of the site, which is now about 16 years old. It is one […]
This is what I was searching for about not panicking and not overdoing the outrage. (click through to see Quinn’s whole thread) Let me say something to my friends about the political emotion of the moment… I have spent an unusual portion of my life in mortal danger. — Quinn's internet 👻 (@quinnnorton) November 29, […]