Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #569

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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 Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, Interesting Bits, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletechconf; author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (Rebus Foundation, PressBooks, LibriVox) 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: 

  • What is economic growth? And why is it so important? – Our World In Data. “Democracy, said Winston Churchill, is the worst form of government other than all the others we’ve tried. And capitalism, at least according to modern history, is the worst way to innovate other than all the others that we’ve tried. There’s been a lot of discussion about whether late-stage capitalism is sustainable, or leads to rampant injustice; and those concerns are definitely real. A relentless pursuit of economic growth at all costs is destroying the planet, concentrating wealth in the hands of the few, and corrupting the aforementioned big-D Democracy. But it bears remembering that we chase economic growth for a reason.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Voice Typing – Google Chrome Extension. ” I don’t usually share tools here, but this one’s useful! A Chrome plugin that frankly should be in every computer already. Click, then speak to type.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • When Is the Revolution in Architecture Coming? – Current Affairs. “Architecture prizes go to big oppressive blocks. Why?” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • An afternoon inside a bookstore was as glorious as ever. Here’s what I bought. – The Washington Post. “Remember browsing in bookstores?” (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • ClubHub. “Months later, and I’m still ‘Clubhouse curious.’ Exploring, joining rooms, starting rooms, private rooms, meeting people, trying out subject matters that I haven’t explored before, etc… With that, I was looking for a way to see what’s actually happening on the social audio platform, beyond the algorithm that is being pushed at me. Enter ClubHub. I really like the interface (especially on laptop/desktop). It lets you know how many rooms are running in English, and then ranks the shows from the most attendees downwards. Within each room, you can see data like how many people are speaking, how long the room has been running, and much more. I also like how you can click on individual users and get a vibe from their bio, the clubs they’re connected to and much more. I have no clue if Clubhouse is watching this third-party app or not, but I find it a great way to snoop around. I think you will like it too.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The Anxiety of Influencers – Harper’s Magazine. “There are content houses. This isn’t a digital thing. I mean physical mansions/homes where TikTok influencers collaborate, live, etc… All of them are trying to beat the algorithm and get to the top. What is the top? Influence? Fame? Money? Something that can last longer than a TikTok video? This piece will take you on a fascinating journey that explores ‘influencers.’ If the article does nothing but force you to re-evaluate what you consider a influencer to be, then the time is well spent. Sure, it’s the age old question: Does the amount of people who follow an individual make that person an influencer, or is an influencer really someone who can persuade others to do that which they wish?” (Mitch for Hugh).

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