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Don’t Mind the Fire - Issue #11

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Reader participation time! This is Issue #11 of the newsletter, so since we're into double digits now
 
May 20 · Issue #11 · View online
Don’t Mind the Fire
Reader participation time! This is Issue #11 of the newsletter, so since we’re into double digits now, I’d love to get some feedback. What do you like, and what don’t you like? What would you like to see more or less of? This will help me make sure I stay on the right track.
You can send your feedback in two ways: either reply to this email, or click the thumbs up/down link at the bottom of the email, which will take you to a form where you can write down your thoughts.
Thanks for reading, and stay safe!
Rian

🕵️‍♀️ How we live online
Fear-based social media Nextdoor, Citizen, Amazon’s Neighbors is getting more popular Fear-based social media Nextdoor, Citizen, Amazon’s Neighbors is getting more popular
Tech Is No Match for Human Grossness
Instagram’s New Anti-Bullying Nudges Could Actually Work
Uber and the doublespeak at the heart of Silicon Valley
Study finds screen time – even before bed – has little impact on teen well-being
💻 How we work online
Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech
Don’t let industry write the rules for AI
The new "sharecroppers": AI programs are being powered by thousands of low wage workers
How The Shade Room turned Instagram gossip into a media empire
How to Sell Led Zeppelin to a New Wave of Teenagers
📖 Quote of the week
“While planning is very important, and we do a lot of it, there is only so much you can control in a creative environment. In general, I have found that people who pour their energy into thinking about an approach and insisting that it is too early to act are wrong just as often as people who dive in and work quickly. The overplanners just take longer to be wrong (and, when things inevitably go awry, are more crushed by the feeling that they have failed). There’s a corollary to this, as well: The more time you spend mapping out an approach, the more likely you are to get attached to it. The nonworking idea gets worn into your brain, like a rut in the mud. It can be difficult to get free of it and head in a different direction. Which, more often than not, is exactly what you must do.”
😲 Amazing internet creation of the week
Star Wars Imperial Styleguide
📺 Video of the week
Bear's Den - Laurel Wreath
My wife and I are going to see Bear’s Den in Portland in June, and this video makes me really very happy about that.
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