Faulty attention

We cultivate boredom the same way we incubate attention, that is, we latch on to things until we no longer see them. They camouflage into our awareness. The internet user runs into the cornucopia of visuals on Instagram. Liking becomes desultory, numb to the perpetual sting of dopamine. Are we not entertained? We are sloppy internet […]

What matters isn’t always popular

If you’ve ever published anything on the web you know what it’s like when all you hear are crickets. No likes, no comments, no reshares. You think your content sucks because no one’s acknowledging you. But it’s a misconception to sell your work short, especially if it’s your labor of love. There are 2.1 billion+ […]

‘Believe it or not, the Internet is actually underhyped’

The internet railroad keeps on trucking and bringing all its anxieties with it. Given my day job — an investor in early-stage startups — I have a bias towards optimism and the future. Being pessimistic doesn’t bring any solutions, and the past can’t be reinvented. And if the passage of time has taught me anything, […]

This is what happens when you reply to spam email

For three years, writer and comedian James Veitch answered spam email. “All I’m doing is wasting their time. I think any time they’re spending with me,  is time they’re not spending scamming vulnerable adults of out their savings.” In a hilarious TED Talk, he details his thread with one spammer who contacted him about a business […]