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Moral Ecosystems: My Big Idea
Why I keep writing the same essay over and over again.
Connecting the Dots on American Psychology
I’ve been reading up on the history of psychology to understand the origin point of American mental health concepts.
On the Evolution of Credit Cultures
Our project is about *credit cultures*: protocols of attribution, authorship, and originality.
Life After Lifestyle
After everything has become a lifestyle brand, the frontier of cultural creation is now faith itself.
Come for the Network, Pay for the Tool
Paid groups, bespoke social networks, and the meaning of community for internet-native businesses.
re: garden of forking memes
Reply to Aaron Z. Lewis's essay The Garden of Forking Memes
Towards a Blogger Peer Review
Who gets to participate in knowledge production?
Introducing Quotebacks
A tool for networked writing.
Culture | Brands | Space | Entertainment | Tools | Politics | Death
Open Transclude for Networked Writing
Open Transclude is a spec for networked writing on your own blog.
Building For the Culture
Do founders want to run companies? Or do they just want to run brands?
Define Concepts From the Behavior Up
One weird trick to suck less when writing with loaded terminology.
3 Cuts on Brands
Brands as consensus systems, sites of conflict, and interfaces.
Jobs To Be Done
A job is a void, a need-state, an open loop that will attempt to close itself by any means necessary.
The Desire for Full Automation
The question of human agency under technocapital, utopian governance, and divine automata.
Each Binary Contains a Universe
NYC Mini Storage
Notes on Comparative Psychology
Normally, this collective myth, based on the Western tradition of which individual autonomy and individual worth, knowableness of reality and the possibility of real choice are some aspects, remains relatively unarticulated.
Report: The Diminishing Marginal Value of Aesthetics
Aggregation theory, network topology, and the impending limits of aesthetic novelty.
The Disbeliever's Guide to Authenticity
Belief in authenticity is an option.
After Authenticity
Under authenticity, the value of a thing decreases as more and more people like it. This is clearly no longer the case.
Preliminary Rules for Discussing Meaning
Meaning is not mysterious—it is a basic feature of human cognition which works in fairly predictable ways.
Notes on Multiplicity
According to Bergson there are two types of 'several:' quantitative and qualitative. What does it mean to be qualitatively “several?”
Haute Baroque Capitalism
Accepted as a creative point of origin, capital blossoms into evermore absurd stylistic forms, intricate angel sculptures, and shimmering copper cluster columns.
Bad Interface Politics in Facebook's Fake News Filter
Providing the power to report 'fake news' through the interface is like doling out weapons for an upcoming turf war in which each side abuses the feature to repudiate the political narrative of the other.
Mapping the Self in the Desert of the Real
Whereas once we grasped for meaning in the face of its terrifying absence, in a strange twist of fate, it is astrology that now provides a reprieve from the totalitarian assignment of meaning which grips us.
Seeking New Arrangements
In 2016, the economic and cultural value of homeownership is beginning to look exhausted.
Brand Index
Reading Magazine B has afforded me insight into different business models and brand-building techniques I might never have otherwise discovered. I thought I might share these insights by keeping here a journal of thoughts about the brands introduced in issues that I have read.
Exclusivity and Trajectory
What builds excitement around an entity, and what helps people connect with an organization? So far, I have observed two patterns that permeate the identities of many successful brands today.
Architecture at Scale
Our field yet lacks the experience and frame of reference to understand how design, like architecture, can be an unwitting agent of social injustice.
When Products Fail: Wildcard
Be it willful ignorance or embarrassed silence, there’s a lack of conversation about Wildcard.
Elegy for Square Order
Square Order gives me the feeling that its designers didn't think of users as users, but simply people. If there's anything that can be called human-centered design, this is it.
The Future of Commerce is Distributed
The ongoing revolution of decentralized marketing and publishing suggests a future where products and services can be sold in a distributed fashion across the web.
The Problem With Notifications, Part 2
Ultimately, its most clear advantages like expandable notifications and bulk dismissed are geared toward managing notifications that already appeared on the phone. The cognitive burden of managing notifications is mostly put on the end user.
The Problem With Notifications, Part 1
Perhaps an appropriate nickname for this system would be “heavy-handed notification management” – notifications that are either present or not at all. There’s no way to retrieve or see information about dismissed notifications.