“These children are not the ones giving adults much trouble, so they’re easy to miss. They’re the daydreamy ones, the ones with work that’s not turned in, leaving names off of papers or skipping questions, things like that, that impinge on grades or performance. So anything we can do to understand what’s going on with these kids is a good thing.”—
Dr. Keith McBurnett, a professor of psychiatry at UCSF, describing “sluggish cognitive tempo”, the newest en vogue ‘diagnosis’.
"What’s going on" is creativity and exploration. If we vanquish these things in pursuit of turning in structured papers on time we’ll commit a very grave error that will haunt us in generations to come.
No one would get jokes in early Simpsons episodes anymore if these drugs catch on.
I bet Einstein would have filed twice as many patents if he had been diagnosed and medicated. He’d stop wondering about how railway clocks could ever truly be in sync (and arriving at relativity in the process) and would have blasted past his performance reviews.
Personally, my time spent daydreaming, drawing, and writing prepared me for my career significantly more than turning my work (which I constantly didn’t do)
I fear the tech industry might start fetishizing bike messengers again. Head for the hills.
But seriously, bike messaging became an icon of the outsider class in the mid-2000s and was co-opted by brands from Red Bull to Pabst to Adidas. The number of dollars spent on ad campaigns featuring bike messages had to have dwarfed the number of dollars spent on actual messengering.
As a result, I discussed the idea in many focus groups between 2005 and 2006. And based on this anecdotal experience, I don’t believe the mythical version of the bike messenger is a good omen.
The bike messenger as an icon rose as a symbol of freedom and authenticity admired by those in bureaucratic employment. People were burnt out and admired the idea of self-employment, no take-home work, and exercise (while ignoring the crushing healthcare costs). But they also admired the idea of working on something tangible and ‘real’. Neither of these drivers are good economic signals. Perhaps the mythical bike messenger, an easy-going self-reliant who performs tangible work, heralds corporate burnout and bloat at once. We shall see.
Chris Christie was invited to a roast of ex-New Jersey governor Byrne, but everyone kept cracking Chris Christie jokes. Then he got sore:
Joy Behar, the former co-host of “The View,” was even more pointed. “When I first heard that he was accused of blocking off three lanes on the bridge, I said, ‘What the hell is he doing, standing in the middle of the bridge?” After another barb, Christie interrupted her. “This is a Byrne roast,” he said. He stood up and tried to grab her notes. The audience laughed awkwardly. “Stop bullying me,” Behar said as he sat down. Christie said something out of earshot and Behar responded, “Why don’t you get up here at the microphone instead of being such a coward?”
Joy Behar had a solid Christie joke! (Via the New Yorker)
Vox ‘cards' are the lovechild of the Economist, Circa, and Wikipedia. They're great, but feel wrong perusing straight from the browser. Waiting for the app.
The cards would be more interesting if they made their content accessible through an API. Other pubs could offload the backstory to Vox (and they would, given their current bandwidth) and drop in the explainer stack after the initial paragraphs covering the specific event being described.
There is a huge opportunity for a defacto fact-checking resource online.
I think about Journalism as comprising three disciplines: reporting, narrative, and fact-checking. Reporting has been largely commodified by Twitter and the rest of social media. Narrative, which includes editing, is harder to commodify and will be limited to talented writers. But Narrative also doesn’t scale into a giant internet business. You grow by hiring good writers, one at a time.
But fact-checking is a business that could scale. It could be dominated by a couple of brands who build out the resources for other pubs to use, including background vetted information and a brand grown to inspire trust among readers. Lexis Nexis could have taken this path but they’re too expensive and inflexible. Also, their brand would need to be introduced to readers.
The last generation of Journalism saw all three of these jobs – reporting, narrative, and fact-checking – wrapped into the a single publication. But now, with reporting largely commodified, news organizations will need to experiment with new structures.
Vox, with its explanatory approach to news, could grow to be a very large business if it scales its authority and trust beyond its stable of writers. If cards are open to be used by all, the business could be a behemoth. Blogs don’t have the bandwidth to source quotes, research historical context, or other jobs which were previously paid by lucrative print subscriptions. But the joint budgets of a distributed news network could support several subscription services providing Vox-like content, authority, and trust.
“And here we are, with a restored Russia, paranoid about encirclement, increasing their leverage in the neighborhood. It may be ugly and it may be wrong, and Ukraine deserves the moral support that small nations always deserve when they are bullied—but it is also historically normal. If we become hysterical every time historical forces assert themselves, there will be no end to the hysteria.”—Adam Gopnik on Ukraine
“Like other high-minded people, he failed to recognize when he himself was being ruthless or devious, perhaps because he took for granted that his motives were pure.”—Margaret Macmillan describing Sir Edward Grey
New York based high-frequency trading firm Virtu Financial is slated to go public, having filed the required regulatory disclosures today. The firm, which was co-founded 12 years ago by chairman Vincent Viola—who recently bought the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers—reported profits of $184 million in 2013, 108% higher than the prior year.
Virtu is just one of a number of so-called electronic market makers which have devoured the business of matching investor buy-and-sell orders and collecting a profit based on the discrepancy between the two. Humans—such as the New York Stock Exchange’s specialists—once had the job. But in recent years, high-frequency trading such as Virtu have gobbled up the business. These companies are known for using super-charged computers and sophisticated algorithms to quickly take advantage of small price changes.
Bet on the business of a company which bets not on business but the nuances and noise within larger bets on other businesses. It’s post-investment.
“Intrinsic to the progressive brand of Bourbon hating is the notion of authenticity, or rather, the lack thereof. Authenticity may be viewed as the narrowness of the gap between one’s innermost nature and that which is expressed outwardly. The wider the gap, and the more planning and scheming goes on to disguise that gap, the less the authenticity. Few people lost sleep over authenticity before the 1900s.”—Design Observer
The problem, according to Los Angeles-area entertainment lawyer Ethan Kirschner, whom The Wire also spoke with, is that DeGeneres might not own the copyright on the photo. “Historically,” Kirschner told me, “it’s always been the person who pressed the shutter who’s technically the person that owns copyright.” In part, that’s a function of the age of the art of photography; the idea that everyone has his own camera in his pocket is a fairly new one. When the courts were trying to figure out who gets copyright, they “had to assign copyright to someone; they gave it to the person that literally pressed the button.”