I’m in Des Moines this weekend, writing this over bad hotel coffee and posting via hotel wifi, so this is going to be a quick one.
This week I sounded off on Twitter about how journalism and blogging has colonized my brain, making it difficult for me to tell what I’m really interested in anymore. I think it came off more self-pitying than I meant, when really I just find it sort of puzzling. It’s probably a mistake to even think in terms of what I “really” want to read. But here’s an example: was I interested in this article on DIY transcranial direct current stimulation because I really care about the topic, or because I thought immediately “that’s a perfect story for Technoccult”?
I’d love to take a few months off work and blogging and just see where my interests gravitate if I’m not trying to cover particular beats for particular audiences. But that’s not gonna happen.
All that said, I did find some time to catch-up on some long reads while stranded at DFW for like eight hours yesterday. I’m pretty sure I found all of this interesting:
- Why Would A Gay Teenager Commit Hate Crimes Against Herself?
- Why girls cut themselves, and why we can’t blame Tumblr
- De Correspondent‘s lengthy article, detailing the history and outcomes of basic minimum income experiments in Canda and the U.S.
- Funding Universal Basic Income by Creating Money, Not Taxes
- Robert Kuttner’s critique of Thomas Piketty from the left
- The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back