The Fab Five, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, the epidemic of worry, new tunes and more

Arts & Culture

Twenty-five years after the Fab Five, big-time colleges still short-change their stars

They never won anything but the Fab Five – the so-called greatest recruiting class of all time — broke fashion trends. They took after Michael Jordan and wore baggy shorts, shaved their heads, and replaced their white socks with black. The players doubled revenues for their school but received nothing in return until officials found out a booster paid Chris Webber $200,000. The NCAA banned the Michigan basketball program for a decade. In 2015, the school's football team inked a $170 million deal with the Jordan brand. It raises the question: when do schools start splitting some of the profits it earns from its athletes?

John Berger’s Ways of Seeing (1972)

The challenge isn’t knowing what to see. The challenge is learning how to see. As soon as you learn what to look for, your originality dwindles. Your interpretation becomes someone else’s. Watch John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, and you’ll never look at a picture the same way again.

“The process of seeing paintings, or seeing anything else, is less spontaneous and natural than we tend to believe.”

Philosophy & Productivity

What’s Up With Those Voices in Your Head?

What is your inner dialogue? If it’s like most people, it’s chaotic and uncontrollable. Perhaps one of the reasons we tug away at our phones is because we’re too afraid to play with the chorus of our thoughts. In his new book The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves, author, and Durham University psychology professor Charles Fernyhough writes about the tug of war we have with our internal expressions, and how we use creativity as an outlet to express these thoughts and frustrations.

“A solitary mind is actually a chorus,” he writes. Tune into yours right now: What are you hearing? Who’s speaking, and when did the conversation begin? This is ambiguous territory. Measuring one’s own private soundtrack is hard enough.

The Epidemic of Worry

It was Mark Twain who said “I’ve suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened.” Worrying goads the Zeigarnik Effect, leading us to take to get rid of anticipation by replacing it with unnecessary action.

Worry alters the atmosphere of the mind. It shrinks your awareness of the present and your ability to enjoy what’s around you right now. It cycles possible bad futures around in your head and forces you to live in dreadful future scenarios, 90 percent of which will never come true.

Social Media & Tech

Inside the secret meeting that changed the fate of Vine forever

Social networks come and go (re: Myspace). The latest victim is Vine, who never did anything to improve the tools for its best creators, so they moved on to other platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat. On Friday, Vine announced that it was shutting down.

“We were driving billions of views — billions — before we left,” Vine star DeStorm Power said Thursday. “The word Vine became shorthand for short sketch-comedy videos. We did that. Vine didn't do that. We changed culture by making videos on this six-second app.”

What’s next?

What’s next? Are we over the smartphone boom and the newest social networking app already? We live in a ‘next’ society. We need something new every couple months. As the chips get faster, so too do our consumption habits.

New Music


Episode 106 | Tunes of the Week
  1. Chaos in the CBD – Subterranean Storm
  2. Jay Daniel – Paradise Valley
  3. Throwing Snow – One for the Booth
  4. Ensemble Entendu – Peel Back
  5. Pavel Dovgal – Floating Beams

🎵 Listen here

Thought of the Week

“The best way to verify that you are alive is by checking if you like variations.” — @nntaleb


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Published by Wells Baum

A daily blogger who connects the dots between arts and life.

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