Newsletter #58: Learning to Code Is Overrated, the State of News Photography, New Music, and more

Arts & Culture

This is the State of News Photography in 2015

Photographers are playing against the same crowded field as musicians and authors. Anyone can take a picture and share it, making it harder for professional photographers and their work to stand out. But most photographers are positive about citizen journalism and social sharing. At the end of the day, quality wins out.

“While some feel that amateur or citizen photographers constitute a risk to their livelihoods, most photographers feel either neutral about it or see it as a positive development.”

On Drip: It Fades In

In this week's post on Drip I examine two recent articles related to the enjoyment of collecting art. The most intriguing part for an art collector is finding something meaningful first. A good art piece always find value later.

“Real collecting begins in lust: I have to have this, live with this, learn from this, figure out how to pay for this. It cannot be about investment or status. Like making art, writing about it or organizing its public display (in galleries or in museums), collecting is a form of personal expression.”

Social Media and Tech

Learning to code is overrated

Coding is the language of the future, equipping kids with the tools to build cool things, not just fart apps. But coding can also be dangerously rote. Children still need to learn the fundamentals if they're going to be able to communicate effectively.

“There’s nothing wrong with basic exposure to computer science. But it should not come at the expense of fundamental skills such as reading, writing and mathematics — and unfortunately today our schools, with limited time, have tons of pressure on them to convey those basics better.”

Save for Later

There are a variety of bookmarking tools, some public like Pinterest and Tumblr and some private like Instapaper, Pocket, Evernote. Bookmarks signal our intentions, like Amazon ‘wish lists'. When we're interested in something and don't have the time to digest it, we save it and revisit it later. Not surprisingly, consuming the end-product doesn't always live up to our original wishes.

“To bookmark is a tentative act, verging on fatalistic; there are no guarantees…The wish economy matters because it catalogs all of the possibilities we’re open to”

Philosophy & Productivity

The Funny Thing About Adversity

Suffering makes us more empathetic and thus more likely to help out or donate to a cause. However, studies show that we're less likely to show compassion for others who go through a similar experience.

“Living through hardship doesn’t either warm hearts or harden them; it does both. Having known suffering in life usually heightens the compassion we feel for others, except when the suffering involves specific painful events that we know all too well. Here, familiarity really does breed contempt.”

New Music

Episode 68 | Tunes of the Week

  1. Alix Perez – Revolve Her
  2. Tokyo Prose – Dawn Chorus
  3. Azarra – Stro
  4. Kowton – On Repeat
  5. Telemachus – Grand Taxi
  6. Anenon – Camembert

> Peep the playlist

Thought of the Week

“If you don’t daydream your life is a nightmare.” – Karl Lagerfeld

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wells baum aka bombtune

A daily blogger who connects the dots between beats, culture, and technology.

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