Quote of the week
In a world of finite attention spans and seemingly infinite media, internet humour has a unique ability to break through the noise and tell an alternative to a dominant single story. While we are giggling at the jokes, we are also paying attention.
Articles of the week
- Contents Magazine: 10 Timeframes
An excellent piece by Paul Ford on our variable and often confusing perception of time, and the control designers have over the way we interact with time.
- Medium: A business within the business
Dave Gray describes a way to give employees a greater sense of ownership and more agency within an organization through a change in structure that effectively creates miniature businesses within a business. “Podular” organizations, as he describes them, increase motivation and effectiveness in the long term.
- NBC News: Why you hate the sound of your own voice
Neuroscientist Jordan Gaines explains the science behind that cringey feeling you experience when hearing recordings of yourself.
- Medium: The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency
A long read by Felix Salmon on the current Bitcoin hype and why we should be less enthusiastic about it and more cautious.
- New York Times: Need a Job? Invent It
Education specialist Tony Wagner makes the case for using the education system to prepare people to create their own jobs. His key point: people should come out of school not with just a mass of information, but ready to use their knowledge and skills to create value.