Today’s selection of articles:
- “How to have a better conversation about mental illness“, by Lisa Pryor (NY Times, 2018-07-11). An appeal for more, and more-targeted, mental health resources. Here are links to the World Population Review’s crude suicide rates by country (2018) and the World Health Organization’s pamphlet “Depression and other common mental disorders” (2017).
- “A revolution is brewing to end homelessness“, by Brian Martucci (OZY, 2018-07-12). Developers and communities are beginning to realize they are not beholden to governments near or far to realize the changes they want to see, and not turning a blind eye to the issues in their backyards. Cool.
- “Kylie Jenner will unseat Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest self-made billionaire in history“, by Lauren Valenti (Vogue, 2018-07-11).
- “Disney and Comcast raise the stakes in the battle for Fox“, by Stephen Wilmot (Wall Street Journal, 2018-07-11).
- “How online hobbyists can reaffirm your faith in the Internet“, by Farhad Manjoo (NY Times, 2018-07-11). Great article — read it!
It is a reminder that the internet’s most effective trick is connecting disparate individuals into a coherent whole.
It’s easy to slip into a consumerist mindset and forget that the internet works best by collecting individuals’ experience and wisdom and making it easily accessible to everyone else.
The beauty of the hobbyist internet is not that it is free of partisan fighting, but that the fighting rarely takes center stage, because everyone is there to get something else done.
Yeah, we’re each complicated human beings, with convictions and confessions. That shouldn’t stop us from working together to get things done. (Yes, I’m looking at you, politicians!)