Arts & Culture
Somewhere along the route of evolution God gave humans brains to release them from the prison of biology. Today, we suffer from a cognitive overload, over-stimulated on Instagrams, Snaps, and Tweets. The only way to release tension and be more innovative is to pursue boredom, to go phoneless. Perhaps we need to think less, not more, to release ourselves from the constraint of stimulation.
“our findings suggest that innovative thinking, not routine ideation, is our default cognitive mode when our minds are clear.”
Before Google, we relied upon on our memories to recall people’s names and numbers. However, Socrates had the same fear about writing.
“Writing “will produce forgetfulness,” he warned, and people will “seem to know many things, when they are largely ignorant and hard to get along with.”
Philosophy & Productivity
Well, this is not an article but rather a free book, at least for the next week. Steven Pressfield is the author of The War of Art and The Legend of Bagger Vance and more. I always read a Pressfield book when I need to get my sh*t together and do the work.
“It isn’t that people are mean or cruel. They’re just busy. Nobody wants to read your shit.”
Social Media & Tech
He may not be the same household name as Zuckerberg or Larry Page, but this billionaire is just as important to the web’s development. Ev Williams, an originator of the blog who once ran Twitter, is now founder and CEO of Medium, the YouTube of words. Williams is still text-obsessed, believing that words shape online expression. However, unlike his previous open web projects, he wants readers to hang out in the Medium platform.
“Railroad, electricity, cable, telephone—all followed this similar pattern toward closedness and monopoly, and government regulated or not, it tends to happen because of the power of network effects and the economies of scale.”
While one person is trying to preserve the written word, another is trying to kill it—Facebook—which predicts that its entire feed will be video in the next five years. In other words, online is the new tv.
“The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is video.”
Thought of the Week:
“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline—it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” – Frank Zappa
Episode 91 | Tunes of the Week
- Theo Kottis – Human Chemistry (Throwing Snow Remix)
- Will Lister – Phantom
- Superpoze – Shelter
- Braille Face – Backwards/Medicated
- SPELLWRKS – Tender Tentacles