December 19, 2016No Comments

A New Way to Share ‘This American Life’

I've been listening to podcasts since Ricky Gervais' The Ricky Gervais Show. I'm currently subscribed to 41 podcasts, though I probably only listen to less than a third of those on a regular basis. This American Life has always been one of those podcasts. When I heard they invested time and money into an app that would allow listeners to share their content in a new way, I was intrigued.

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October 15, 2016No Comments


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As someone who still checks in to places using Swarm (FKA Foursquare), the novelty of speaks to me. The point? To "throw and catch paper planes with people around the world". I suppose it serves a similar purpose as a message in a bottle or putting notes in balloons and waiting to see if someone responds. Communicating with strangers is still a thing.

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August 21, 2016No Comments

The Bomb in the Garden


I continually revisit Matthew Butterick's speech The Bomb in the Garden (I just discovered the video here). My latest return was sparked by this Last Week Tonight segment about the dissolving of real journalism and the rise of clickbait.

"In­for­ma­tion wants to be ex­pen­sive, be­cause it’s so valu­able … On the oth­er hand, in­for­ma­tion wants to be free, be­cause the cost of get­ting it out is get­ting low­er … So you have these two fight­ing against each oth­er."

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