Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #422

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS, chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see”.

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another: 

  • The Tyrant and His Enablers – Longreads. “If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you may find this analysis of his historical plays relevant to modern events. ‘Why do large numbers of people knowingly accept being lied to?’ it asks. Why, indeed.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea. – St. Louis Post Dispatch. “Oh, to be a philosopher in the modern age. Technology, it seems, keeps throwing us curve balls, forcing us to renegotiate the edges of privacy, fairness, free speech, and more. Here’s a great one for the next time you’re getting a room excited about the two-edged sword of innovation.” (Alistair for Mitch). 
  • Uber and Lyft Are Overwhelming Urban Streets, and Cities Need to Act Fast – StreetsBlog NYC. “You know how Uber and Lyft was supposed to reduce car ownership and make urban driving more efficient? Well, it turns out that ridesharing *increases* congestion, car ownership, basically because of all the time Uber drivers spend driving around empty.” (Hugh for Alistair). 
  • The Book Is A Time Machine – Public Books. “Love it.” (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • Why Monocle shuns social media in favour of going swimming with its readers – The Drum. “I love magazines. I used to buy them. Stacks of them. Until very, very recently. I’ve all but given up. Sure, I pay for content (and subscribe to a lot of magazines and newspapers), but it’s all digital now. I miss that feeling of a fresh and new magazine. Including the ads. I love the whole package. I still get that feeling (only a little) with every issue of Monocle. It’s more about the design than the overall content (I gloss over much of the articles… just not that interesting) , but the magazine is a thing of beauty. The company shuns social media. Which seems like madness. It’s working for them…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The Importance of Indie Bookstores Today, Tomorrow, and Always – Signature. “I still buy a ton of books (sorry magazines and newspapers!). That being said, I buy every book on either Kindle or Audible and, if I like it, I buy a physical copy. I’m not sure how sustainable that is in the long term, but it’s how I deal with my books in the here and now. I can’t walk by a bookstore and not go in. Big chains? Sure. I have a softer spot for the indie books stores. So much fun to roam and read. I am not alone…” (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on TwitterFacebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.