Just Read the Book Already

Laura Miller reviews Maryanne Wolf’s Reader, Come Home, a book about rediscovering the power to actually read — I mean deep read — in the digital world of 2018.

There’s a lot of things that stood out to me in this review, but I’ll highlight this one because it’s so obvious and also so right

One of the reasons that digital readers skim is not because of some quality inherent in screens, as Wolf seems to think, but because so much of what we find online is not worth our full attention.

Ordered.

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Unfollowing Everybody

Anil Dash recently took the step of unfollowing everyone he was following on Twitter. This line in particular stood out to me:

… when something terrible happens in the news, I don’t see an endless, repetitive stream of dozens of people reacting to it in succession. It turns out, I don’t mind knowing about current events, but it hurts to see lots of people I care about going through anguish or pain when bad news happens. I want to optimize for being aware, but not emotionally overwhelmed.

That’s entirely it. I’ve got a private list of maybe 20 people I follow because they’re the ones that are the least outraged about The Thing That People Are Outraged About Today, and it’s recently become my main view for Twitter because I’m too exhausted (emotionally, spiritually) for the main timeline.

See also Matt Haughey’s recent announcement I’m done with Twitter.

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Instapaper is going independent

Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013. The ownership transfer will occur after a 21 day waiting period designed to give our users fair notice about the change of control with respect to their personal information.

Worth noting that today, almost two months since GDPR came into effect, Instapaper is still unavailable for users in Europe. GDPR isn’t a particularly hard thing to enforce unless your entire business model is built around doing shady things with your customer’s data.

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Inside the Guild Wars 2 firing that’s rocked the game industry. – Polygon

This is a terrible precedent for the company to set, and you can see why in the reaction from the quote-unquote ‘fans’ on reddit: “We’re literally running the company now… the moment a dev steps out of line or try to talk back to a player, guess what, they’ll know we got their hands on their throat and we can squeeze any time we like”.

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DJ Shadow Presents Find, Share, Rewind

This might be old news to other people, but I just found out that DJ Shadow has a podcast. Well, it’s a limited-series podcast of a 7-episode show he ran on an L.A. radio station last year. It’s basically a giant mix/unofficial new album. Two episodes out so far and they’re both really great.

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