Newsletter: ‘We are living in total fragmentation’ ⚡

Below are this week’s interesting links and recent discoveries for your weekend reading.


David Bowie predicted Internet-enabled dystopia in 1999. “We are living in total fragmentation…I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential of what the internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable. I think we’re actually on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying.”

Neanderthals’ Lack of Drawing Ability May Relate to Hunting Techniques. Neanderthals were great hunters but poor artists. According to a study done by professor Richard Coss, their inability to draw could’ve been due to the fact that they didn’t have to work as hard for their food. Homo Sapiens, on the other hand, strategically chased game in the open grasslands of Africa. They developed superior hand-eye coordination as a result of drawing out their prey on cave walls.

Facebook is a video game for adults. Tweeted Mike Bird: “Overheard someone say ‘Facebook did to your parents what they worried violent video games would do to you' earlier this week and haven't stopped thinking about it.” Facebook is a weapon of mass propaganda, a platform where conspiracy theories thrive. We should be giving our parents the same lecture they gave us on video games but about their manipulative online use.

The best of the rest

Book recommendation



[easyazon_link identifier=”0136647553″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Photographers on Photography by Nathan Lyons[/easyazon_link]: Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”


What to watch

One minute art history: a unique flow of artworks stitched together to demonstrate a variety of styles.

Peep this musical vitamin

Baltra “Fade Away”

Thought of the week

“True journey is return.”

— Ursula K. Le Guin


Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

Wells Baum (@bombtune)

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