Every week I like to highlight 7 articles that tie together art, culture, productivity, and tech. Keep learning, stay curious.
Scott Adams Blog: The Pivot
The Internet is a psychology experiment.
It's easy to launch anything on the web: a blog, a business, an album or book. The hard part is analyzing the data to see what's working and identifying and initiating the next pivot.
Action begets action. Do and then learn.
How SoundCloud Changed Music Forever
EDM has evolved in a way that never would have been possible before the internet.
If Twitter is helping popularize soccer in the US, SoundCloud is helping grow electronic music. SoundCloud has been hosting electronic music and its sub genres (drum n bass, dubstep, and trip hop) for years. SoundCloud's validates the the long-tail theory, where music listeners can listen to different niches of music.
Click here to peep my favorite tunes so far this year on SoundCloud.
What language does soccer speak?
“If you’re watching TV and don’t understand the commentary, part of the experience is lost,“
Commentary puts you into the game. It's why most people prefer to watch soccer in their native language. However, there are still a bunch of people that like the English commentary because it offers better play-by-play analysis.
So You Want To Be A Writer? That’s Mistake #1
Take any good piece of writing, something that matters to you. Why is it good? Because of what it says. Because what the writer manages to communicate to you, their reader. It’s because of what’s within it, not how they wrote it.
Your prose is less important than what you have to say. A good point overshadows the rules of writing. Say something interesting and different and readers will like the writing regardless of errors.
Reading: The Struggle
I will go out on a limb with a prediction: the novel of elegant, highly distinct prose, of conceptual delicacy and syntactical complexity, will tend to divide itself up into shorter and shorter sections, offering more frequent pauses where we can take time out
The digital world shortened attention spans which in turn, shortened books. No one reads long books like they used to. Traditional books will just have to be better and more remarkable.
The Internet has a content diversity problem
Likes breed laziness.
Read and write out of interest, not for popularity. You can't blame Facebook for dictating what you want to say. Focus on the interesting and important and the right audience will find you and share with their peers. To entertain or inform?
Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years
“We call it the high school reunion effect…The student who was popular and was running with the fast crowd isn’t doing as great later on.”
Never do what's popular, always do what's right and honest which is in High School is probably unique. Outcasts become the artists and entrepreneurs. It pays to think different.