Whew. The 30 Day challenge is over! Back to your regularly scheduled sporadic blog content. Today, some nice reading for your long weekend.
Running with the Herd — herds are sometimes underrated.
The Verge Does Not Understand YouTube — a lot of people have very casual relationships with YouTube. It’s great for looking up video clips, but that’s all. And then there are people (like me) who stay somewhat up-to-date on YouTube personalities and the fascinating industry that is online video. (And it is an industry, make no mistake. Lots of people [maybe even some you know] make good money from YouTube.) And those people get upset when media puts out obviously biased or poorly researched pieces. This is one of those pieces.
Brian d’Arcy James — apparently Brian d’Arcy James is a pretty successful actor. I pay more attention to YouTube personalities than actors, so I had no idea. But this is a fun, well-executed profile of this middle-aged actor.
If we’re innocent until proven guilty, why are mug shots so popular? — I love writing that makes me question something I always took for granted.
Celebrities & Instagram Ads — In the online influencer world, news about disclosing ads is big. A lot of influencers (including tabloid celebrities, not just washed-up Viners) aren’t properly disclosing their ads. Why does it matter? Well, it’s law, for one thing. But I care because it’s important to understand how ads (or “brand deals”) influence our aspirations. A lot of the lifestyle content online is paid for. It’s important for us to understand that and stop lusting after a life that doesn’t exist.
I Lost My Voice — personal essay from a man not much older than me who has lost his voice. Important to read because we should all understand other experiences.
Trickle Down Workaholism in Startups — I work in a startup (sort of) and I spend lots of time thinking about work/life balance, so I think this is an important read. It is however pretty aggressive with cursing. I’ve replicated a censored quote below that I thought captures the core of the author’s point.
So don’t tell me that there’s something uniquely demanding about building yet another f—ing startup that dwarfs the accomplishments of The Origin of Species or winning five championship rings. It’s [crap]. Extractive, counterproductive [crap] peddled by people who either need a narrative to explain their personal sacrifices and regrets or who are in a position to treat the lives and wellbeing of others like cannon fodder.
Hillary Clinton’s Life After Election — This pairs well with Shattered, an analysis of Clinton’s campaign. Clinton’s election loss, more than any in recent history, seems to have launched a bit of an identity crisis.
How not to create traffic jams, pollution, and urban sprawl — the answer is surprising and an issue that I’ve only recently begun seriously considering.
The world of English clerks — England is….fascinating. There are just so many things that don’t make sense. Like their clerking setup.
The secret life of urban crows — this is fodder for any number of thrillers that we will see in the next few years.
Ever wonder how companies get on the blue highway signs? — I have. Now there’s an answer.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinions on any of these articles.