Two reasons to share Michael Hobbes on the structural economic disadvantages that doom millennials at HuffPo’s prestigey Highline – firstly, this is just phenomenal article design, reminding us (in a good way) of the nutso heyday of Bloomberg. Secondly, Hobbes is a great writer who pulls off something very deft in turning an overwhelming and depressing series of stats into such a compelling read.
We can never get enough of Alon Levy’s vicious applications of real world infrastructure reality against Elon Musk’s grand schemes (and the fawning tech press coverage of his theatrics) at Pedestrian Observations. This week: Elon Musk’s Ideas About Transportation are Boring. His comment section is a well-worth-reading support group for similarly bewildered critics.
Groper-chef Mario Batali really managed to raise the bar for oblivious, tasteless apologies by garnishing his with a bonus pizza dough cinnamon roll recipe. But look, instead of that, just read Helen Rosner at The New Yorker, writing so well on the too-long-accepted kind of chef culture where so much is falsely attributed to a blurred line between hunger and lust. Of course food and sex and desire and sensation are all in there together, she writes, but “even if food and sex partner well, they do not occupy the same plane of experience. Feeding one’s hunger is a mortal need; acting on one’s sexual impulses is a choice.”
The science publication Nautilus owes its writers 50k in back payments. Here’s the editor, John Steele, clearing his throat and loosening his tie.
Shazam was an AR/AI app before we knew what that meant. Like Twitter, it began as pre-smartphone text-based service. It naturally evolved to app format, where it became helpful in redirecting wayward music listeners back into industry-approved platforms. It has now made the final leap into tech-giant consolidation, destined to live on forever in the Apple cloud. We might call it corporate Neverland if it weren’t for Disney’s own ever-expanding universe.
John Herrman, one of our favourite platform tech observers, takes some time to pause and reflect on the fine line between critique and techno-moral panic. We are well-acquainted with the danger of having the former misrepresented as the latter, but John also sees this as an opportunity for greater solidarity.
Bleak: An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried.