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Culture Tech

We used to pick up the phone

Tethered to the phone hanging on the wall, we forfeited our anonymity to the unknown stranger.

Every call felt like a cold call, with no indication of who was on the other line. Yet it felt surprisingly safe to answer even if it was a telemarketer. “No thanks, we’re eating dinner. Please call back later.” Hang up.

Now we expect every phone call to be preceded by a text, even if it’s our closest friends and family members. And we’re sure as hell never going to answer an unknown number because chances are it’s a Chinese spammer.

With screen time the default, if we’re going to answer the phone to take us away from whatever else we’re doing — emailing, texting, scrolling Instagram — there better be someone we know or think we know on the other line.

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Culture Life & Philosophy

Losing our edge


Being weird used to be lonely. But then the Internet happened.

The web connected the vinyl collectors, the sneakerheads, and the want-to-be Romance novelists. Niches came together, competed, collaborated, cheered each other on while a select few took their micro, macro until their weird became the new standard.

“Success blurs. It rounds off the rough edges.”

John Peel

We’re not all weird. We’re not all normal. But some of us are curious and forward-thinking. We search for what’s next before it even hits the trend spotters’ radar. We dig deep in the underground to avoid the peril of sameness.

The closer we get to normal, the closer we are to losing our edge.

Always a good reread: We’re Are All Weird

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Arts Creativity Culture

Silly illustrations by David Shrigley

The great illustrator David Shrigley does a lot of fantastic weird and funny art loaded with truth serum. He speaks for so many, including myself.

Here are some of my recently discovered favorites. Visit Shrigley’s website to check out all of his work, including these ‘oblique comments and strange drawings’ from his last book.

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Culture

Intimacy in the midst of indifference

The internet is a sea of intimacy in the midst of indifference. 

We all hang within our tribes — the Picasso heads, the hip-hop enthusiasts, the mommy bloggers — without curiosity for a broader perspective of differing interests.

“Your whole life informs your eye.” 

Roger Deakins

While no one can attain Da Vinci’s single holistic way of looking at the world, we can make the effort to heighten our senses to a new stimulus. 

There’s little need to understand every little detail of the casual interest. But we can acknowledge that the world when we decide to notice it, is often surprising. 

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Culture Life & Philosophy Tech

A mirror on information

gif by Michael Hazani

Journalists focus more on catastrophes than progress. They’re hard-wired to follow tragedy than highlight the good.

Bad news and sensationalism sell eyeballs.

Good news is ephemeral, quickly consumed and forgotten.

When an avalanche of information aligns with a consumption-based based society, all becomes a blur.

Knocked unconscious, we assemble identities that exceed the brain’s three pounds. We validate our preferences by referencing them back to us.

Information is an addictive substance, all too imbued with misunderstanding.

There is no breathe and stop, no detour to detox.

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Arts Culture Fashion Social Media

Devouring optical information

There’s optical information everywhere — on cereal boxes, to ads atop taxicabs, to the best quiche recipe on Pinterest.

We are bombarded by the same signals we signal right back, purchasing the Nike sneaker posted on Instagram yesterday.

Communicating through images negotiates a plausible reality. We consume and project, show and inspire others. Assume everything can be experienced, to a degree.

But the ordinary person lacks power. The influencers and marketers, once copycats, still dictate trends. Clout is an information advantage.

The evolution and ubiquity of images choke the world, tarnishing the concept of bear-naked nothingness.

The screen (never) fades to black.