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Don’t Mind the Fire - Issue #3

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Hello friends, Let's agree to settle on Mondays for the weekly cadence of the newsletter, shall we? T
 
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Don’t Mind the Fire
Hello friends,
Let’s agree to settle on Mondays for the weekly cadence of the newsletter, shall we? That way I can write and schedule it on the weekend, and you’ll always have something really awesome to start your week with. That’s a pretty good deal for both of us.
I hope you enjoy this issue, and have a great week 🤘
Rian

🤖 How we live online
Your very public Amazon shopping history is a window onto your soul Your very public Amazon shopping history is a window onto your soul
The furore over the fish-eating vegan influencer is a warning to us all
Kidfluencers’ Rampant YouTube Marketing Creates Minefield for Google
Who Owns Your Health Data?
The Matrix at 20: how the sci-fi gamechanger remains influential
💻 How we work online
How We Hang Out at Work Together Online Now How We Hang Out at Work Together Online Now
'Bias deep inside the code': the problem with AI 'ethics' in Silicon Valley
How the "King of Fake News" built his empire on Facebook
Disturbing Audio Hurts Forensic Analysts' Mental Health More Than Images, Research Finds
The 4 ‘Attachment Styles,’ and How They Sabotage Your Work-Life Balance
📖 Quote of the week
I believe the best managers acknowledge and make room for what they do not know—not just because humility is a virtue but because until one adopts that mindset, the most striking breakthroughs cannot occur. I believe that managers must loosen the controls, not tighten them. They must accept risk; they must trust the people they work with and strive to clear the path for them; and always, they must pay attention to and engage with anything that creates fear. Moreover, successful leaders embrace the reality that their models may be wrong or incomplete. Only when we admit what we don’t know can we ever hope to learn it.
📺 Video of the week
The most feared song in jazz, explained
Even if you don’t like jazz, I guarantee you’ll enjoy this video explaining why John Coltrane’s Giant Steps is such an incredibly interesting and impossibly difficult song to play.
🌍 Website of the week
Ethical Alternatives & Resources
🏡 Take me home
Since I added my wife’s email address to the newsletter without her consent, she didn’t get the confirmation email like all of you, so she had no idea why it’s called Don’t Mind the Fire. Once I explained it to her, she recommended I tell the story to y’all as well, and she’s right. So, in short, this lyric from Take Me Home has always resonated with me really strongly:
There’s a fire that’s been burning right outside my door. I can’t see it but I feel it, and it helps to keep me warm. So I, I don’t mind.
I always have in my mind this image of a person in their home, trying to figure out how to deal with the situation they’re in. They know they’re in danger because there’s a fire outside, but it also helps to keep them warm. So they’re willing to put up with that danger and just hope that the whole thing doesn’t consume them.
That’s what I feel the internet is like in our current cultural moment. We know it can be destructive, but it also has the ability to make us feel warm and not alone in so many wonderful ways. So we stay. And we, we don’t mind.
But also, I just really like Phil Collins 🤷‍♂️
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