What we read this week (26 Oct)

This week we read about that the continuity of thought is not necessarily a positive thing, geopolitics of energy, the Micheal Brutsch and Reddit case, drones and the modern design.

Quote of the week

(…)the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved.

Jeff Bezos

Articles of the week

  • 37signals: Some advice from Jeff Bezos
    We tend to criticize people who are like a flag in the wind, i.e. changeable, but Jeff Bezos serves us a completely different view on that. He believes the smartest people are those whose regularly change and revise their opinions.
  • Steve Le Vine: Ten indicators you should watch to predict the geopolitics of energy
    Hillary Clinton said that global occurrences connected to the energy supply often result in weighty geopolitical consequences. They lead to disharmony in the power division across the globe. Often, but not always. Not all of the events have an impact on the geopolitics. In order to learn how to distinguish them, Steve Le Vine came up with a set of 10 indicators which might help us understand what event may lead to a serious geopolitical disruption.
  • Lauren Weinstein: An Internet Monster, Reddit, and Free Speech
    Even though it is not the easiest for the author to write about certain topics, he decided he needed to make a firm stand. Lauren picked up the very important subject of free speech and responsibility of the online social media services, which provide an audience and a certain type of nourishing feedback for some nasty thinkers to thrive on. The Michael Brutsch and Reddit case.
  • BookTwo: Under the Shadow of the Drone
    James Bridle writes about the drones and describes the network they are a part of. He also points at very important issues connected with the usage of a drone: how we all now live under the shadow of a drone, even if we can’t see it, how the technology of obscuration and violence boldly makes its way into our daily lives.
  • Helge Tennø: How do we design for the everyware
    Helge Tennø’s insightful slideshow where he dissects the idea of the “design”, discusses the common mistakes the past and the modern designers keep committing without learning from each other and points out that it is not the visuals that matter, but the behavior that should determine the way in the design.