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 (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), 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:
- Meet The California Couple Who Uses More Water Than Every Home In Los Angeles Combined – Mother Jones. “I first learned about Lynda Resnick in the documentary, POM Wonderful Presents – The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Pom Wonderful became the big sponsor that made the Morgan Spurlock vehicle possible. I didn’t know the extent of their agricultural empire, or the amount of water it consumes. But despite the alarmist headline and Mother Jones imprint, it’s a nuanced article that comes across more as rich people trying to bridge the gulf to poverty, with motives that are less self-service than somewhat uninformed altruism.” (Alistair for Hugh).
- Brexit - How design made the difference – Creative Review. “Good teardown of how the ‘exit’ campaign’s strong design message swayed the historic EU vote, with lessons for US campaigners as well. ‘… the idea of leaving was already baked into the vote’s name. It wasn’t a ‘Breferendum’. This wasn’t ‘Brecision Time’. It was ‘Brexit’, and it was already on the way to being brecided.'” (Alistair for Mitch).
- ‘Hot’ Sex & Young Girls – Zoe Heller – The New York Review of Books. “The lives of girls and young women with ubiquitous digital connection ain’t all that pretty.” (Hugh for Alistair).
- The Week Democracy Died – Slate. “The world sure seems to be coming apart at the seams. Slate walks us through what looks to be chaos.” (Hugh for Mitch).
- 20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity – Scientific American. “Normally, these roundups tend to be kind of bland. Obvious questions. Vague answers. This is not that. Some great questions that pushed me forward with answers that made me beg for more. It also made me realize something very important: ask great questions. Ask better questions. These questions will provoke those being asked to think deeper, and do more work to deliver a better answer. So, does humanity have a future?…” (Mitch for Alistair).
- Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age? – The Spectator. “Sorry, Hugh… I’m not buying into your link for this week 😉 It’s classic. You can watch the news and begin wonder if we’re doomed. Environmental disasters, flooding, lack of fresh water, wars, countries colliding and separating, presidential craziness, terrorism, viruses, lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Or, you can choose to be an optimist. Well, what if the data was clear? What if we knew – for a fact – that there has never been a better time to be alive? What would you do differently?” (Mitch for Hugh).
Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.