Un Blonde – Good Will Come To You [ALBUM]
Montreal artist. Beautiful vibe with lots of acoustic sounds and soulful vocal harmonies. Got this last month as a birthday gift from my friend Felicity, but I didn’t give it a proper headphone listen until this past week.
What Is Technology Doing To Us (Waking Up With Sam Harris #71 – Tristan Harris) [PODCAST]
I found this episode so interesting that I listened to it twice this week. And I took some notes:
- The psychology of cults and Facebook
People who leave cults are often confused because they genuinely got real benefits from being in the cult, but they also come to realize how they were manipulated and persuaded. It’s hard to reconcile those two things. Facebook does this to us. It enriches our lives in certain ways, but, like a cult, they’re using manipulative design techniques behind the scenes.
- Attention City
Imagine that we live in a place called “Attention City.” Google, Facebook and Apple are the urban planners. The city is designed for commerce – to maximize our attention at all costs. How could we re-organize this city so that it reflects the values of the people living in it? That’s what urban planners do. Think about how Jane Jacobs describes a great city.
- Decoupling the link
There was a time when the energy companies benefited from you being wasteful with energy. The longer you left the lights on, the more money they made. It took a regulatory commission to come in and say no, that’s a perverse incentive. So that link has been “decoupled.” How could we decouple the link between attention and money?
Contagious: Why Things Catch On – Jonah Berger [BOOK]
A very quick read about how products and ideas catch on and spread.
A Wrinkle In Time – Madeline L’Engle [BOOK]
I didn’t read books as a kid. But I might’ve given this one a try if someone had told me it was about time travel! I’m halfway through it now, so please don’t tell me how it ends.
Good movie to watch at least twice.