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Don’t Mind the Fire - Issue #7

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For a newsletter that's supposed to help you make sense of the online world, there sure are a lot of
 
April 22 · Issue #7 · View online
Don’t Mind the Fire
For a newsletter that’s supposed to help you make sense of the online world, there sure are a lot of things in this issue I really don’t understand.
Between Peloton’s insistence that they are not an indoor bike company, but an “innovation company”, meme creators on Instagram deciding they have to unionize, and a couple of YouTube corners with massive followings that I’d never heard of, I feel truly lost. But maybe the point this week is not to understand, but to wonder at all the ingenious ways people come up with to make money on the internet.
May you, too, find your happy (and possibly lucrative) corner somewhere.
Stay safe,
Rian

🔓 How we live online
Private Groups Might Be The Last Good Thing About Facebook Private Groups Might Be The Last Good Thing About Facebook
What Peloton Means for the Future of Fitness
Clue Heywood
Love putting my Peloton bike in the most striking area of my ultra-modern $3 million house
5:40 PM - 27 Jan 2019
How A.S.M.R. Became a Sensation
Online Conspiracy Theories Start With the Young
How Mindless Phone Use Ruins Your Relationships
💻 How we work online
5-star phonies: Inside the fake Amazon review complex 5-star phonies: Inside the fake Amazon review complex
Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police
Instagram Memers Are Unionizing
Millions Are Obsessed With Vine Compilations on YouTube. Now There's a Battle Brewing Over Who Should Get Paid
‘Be urself’: meet the teens creating a generation gap in music
📖 Quote of the week
In the end, I must proclaim that no good can be achieved of false means. For the substance of our existence is not in the achievement, but in the method. The Monarch must understand this; he must not become so focused on what he wishes to accomplish that he diverts his gaze from the path he must take to arrive there.
— Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings.
📷 Photo of the week
Middle Earth from space
Sometimes the internet can still be used for good. Someone on reddit posted a rendering of what Tolkien’s Middle Earth would look like from space. To help with orientation, Mordor is on the bottom left. The great greenish-black splotch in the middle is Mirkwood, and North is generally pointing to the right. 
📱 App of the week
Jumbo: a privacy assistant for iOS that cleans up your social profiles
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