“Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.”—The ‘Busy’ Trap - NYTimes.com
“What has vanished over the past 40 years isn’t just Americans’ rising incomes. It’s their sense of control over their lives. The young college graduates working in jobs requiring no more than a high-school degree, the middle-aged unemployed who have permanently opted out of a labor market that has no place for them, the 45- to 60-year-olds who say they will have to delay their retirement because they have insufficient savings—all these and more are leading lives that have diverged from the aspirations that Americans until recently believed they could fulfill. This May, a Pew poll asked respondents if they thought that today’s children would be better or worse off than their parents. Sixty-two percent said worse off, while 33 percent said better.”—The 40-Year Slump
“The big takeaway is: Snapchat is onto something, and it’s much bigger than sexting. The service is a reaction to the saturation of social networking and the dominant interaction modes on Facebook and Twitter. It’s an immune response, nurtured in the tweaky rebelliousness of teenagedom, to the forces of Big Data, behavioral targeting, and the need to record every stupid little thing in the world. Snapchat might be the defining product of our technophilic, technoanxious age.”—What Is Snapchat? - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
“News is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern our lives and don’t require thinking. That’s why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind.”—Rolf Dobelli | The power of ignoring mainstream news: Why reading the paper is like eating junk food
“This is a triumph of the teen-girl aesthetic approach to the world: that you surround yourself with images that you feel reflect who you are or who you want to be. This used to be derided as narcissistic or derivative, but aesthetic curation is now a widely popular, socially accepted, and venture-backed phenomenon … And in the digital era, the teen bedroom has glass walls. Everyone can weigh in. ‘When your picture is “liked” and commented on, it is a great boost of self-confidence and brings along much gratification.’”—Our Tumblrs, Our Teenage Selves - The Cut
“The never-ending stream of social-media images is routinely declared a symptom of our collective narcissism or intellectual weakness. Again, perhaps we can take a cue from teenage girls. They’re quite aware that they’re seen as frivolous and self-absorbed, but on a deeper level they know they’re engaged in an important project: figuring out who they are and what they want to be. If we took our Instagrams and Snapchats and reblogs half as seriously as they do, perhaps we’d reach some new insight about our adult selves, too.”—Our Tumblrs, Our Teenage Selves
“Snapchat and applications like it represent a coming sea change in social media, one not necessarily defined by shared or public interactions. These services present an antidote to mainstream services that are meant to capture life moments so they can be shared, liked and commented on. Snapchat’s appeal lies largely in the lack of permanence.”—Rejecting Billions, Snapchat Expects a Better Offer
“Facebook and Twitter have quantified your social status, turning social interaction into a game that can be measured, and “won”. As with any well-structured game, competition, engagement, and stress ensue. There will always be losers.
Snapchat is not a competition. It’s an outlet from the competitive nature of modern content sharing. You choose a select group of people to see your low-fi picture, and you don’t feel pressured to create a masterpiece. Everyone is a winner. Everyone can have fun.”—Am I Going Insane? Snapchat is Intrinsically Worthless
“The new digital divide–along the lines of the book–is not about access but about people who have the time, energy and skills to develop new media literacy and those who don’t.
Consider the analogous divide in health and nutrition–and its deadly consequences. Part of society, with disposable income and access to healthy foods, can avoid the perils of an industrial food culture designed to addict people to the things that are making them fat and sick. (Or they can hire personal trainers to mitigate the effects). The other part–stuck in food deserts with kids to feed before they start their evening shift–eats what’s cheap and convenient…
A portion of the population will be stuffed with hormone-injected garbage (Huffington Post slideshows, Facebook linkbait and other Cheetos-like information) while the other portion lives in its own reality of tailor-made, high quality information that makes them increasingly wealthy and utterly detached. One side will be able to influence, direct and exploit the other side because one controls the media while the other is at its mercy.”—The New Digital Divide: Privilege and Misinformation in Modern Media | Betabeat
“Today, 2.5 billion people are online. It sounds like a lot. But really, that’s a little more than a third of everyone on Earth. By 2025, that number will have more than doubled to nearly 6 billion, or 80 percent of the world’s population, who will primarily connect to the world through mobile devices and digital platforms.”—Google’s Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora Says It’s Time to Invent What’s Next
“News in general doesn’t matter most of the time, and most people would be far better off if they spent their time consuming less news and more ideas that have more lasting import.”—Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams
“Technology to me does two things: it increases the velocity of communication and increases the number of people who can participate. That’s it. That’s really all technology for our entire history has ever done.”—Jack Dorsey (via PandoDaily)
“Every moment ever photographed was a Kodak moment. Until they f***ed it all up … The Kodak moment now marks the implosion of an amazing brand, the moment they missed how consumer behavior was shifting. It marks the hubris to resist the forces that made it successful. Worst of all, it commemorates the rift between a brand’s vision and the people who make a brand what it is.”—The New Kodak Moment: Why Storytelling Is Harder Than Ever
“The perception of high school girls that they are simply not good at technology is simply incorrect—they are first adopters. And other data bolster this argument, as it turns out that women may be better than men when it comes to leading a technology start-up.
“We’ve done lots of research on why young women don’t choose tech careers and number one is they think it’s not interesting. Number two, they think they wouldn’t be good at it. Number three, they think they will be working with a number of people that they just wouldn’t feel comfortable or happy working alongside.”—We Need More Women in Tech: The Data Prove It
“Facebook and Instagram… ask you to interact with other users in a strictly subordinate way, in comments or likes, below a post. Twitter and Tumblr are more aspirational: You can reshare other users’ posts as your own, and other users can reshare yours, with your name clearly attached.
Think of it this way: On Instagram, it’s nearly impossible to go viral. On Facebook, content constantly goes viral. On Vine and Twitter, people go viral. Retweets are rewarded with follows, and follows are rewarded with more retweets. It’s not a true meritocracy but it can, under the right circumstances, feel like one.”—Why Twitter Just Turned Itself Inside Out
“The Internet rewards the curious. I don’t think it has as many positive effects on the incurious. If you just go there to follow Justin Beiber around, it’s not necessarily going to expand your intellectual world. No disrespect to Justin Beiber.”—Clive Thompson | The Internet Is Making You Smarter, Really
“The internet makes human desires more easily attainable. In other words, it offers convenience. Convenience on the internet is basically achieved by two things: speed, and cognitive ease. If you study what the really big things on the internet are, you realize they are masters at making things fast and not making people think.
Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company. Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time. Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.”—Ev Williams (via Wired.com)