Facebook still has over 2.27 billion monthly active users who collectively spend more than 100,000 years—yes, years—of time on the site each and every day. They upload 300 million photos per day, leave 750 million comments a day, and share billions upon billions of pieces of content each day. It doesn’t matter to most of them that Facebook is a haven for fake news, or that their personal information is being sold to advertisers, or that their C.E.O. and C.O.O. have done things that should get them both fired, without even the blink of an eye. For most people, they’re just happy that someone “liked” the photo they took of that sunset on the beach last weekend.
[…] I began to see the insidious ways that the software changed how people work together. They’d become more disconnected; less likely to see and help one another, and often less able to.
(Aside: The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick Brooks is a must-read for anyone involved in digital products.)
The central issue is we’re developing into a plutocracy. We’ve got an enormous number of enormously rich people that have convinced themselves that they’re rich because they’re smart and constructive. And they don’t like government, and they don’t like to pay taxes.
[…] please know that if you turn on “Do Not Track,” it’s not doing anything to protect you unless you’re surfing Pinterest or reading Medium while logged out. It’s one thing to tell someone you want to be left alone, and another to get them to care.
More than 20,000 square miles of land is taken up around the world to accommodate tobacco farms, which use more than 22 billion tonnes of water, meaning a person smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes a day for 50 years is responsible for 1.4 million litres of water depletion over their lifetime.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find sumthin to live for, you best find sumthin to die for.’