Is social media awful by design?

We visited the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History today. It opened fairly recently, and it's well worth the visit if you're interested in natural history, generally, and Israeli ecology, in particular.

I’ve only just started reading Mark O’Connell’s article in the New Yorker titled “The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media”, but this part stood out for me. The problem is the business model based on the manipulation of individual behavior. Social-media platforms know what you’re seeing, and they know how you acted in the immediate aftermath…… Continue reading Is social media awful by design?

The rat race and our search for Happiness

Steve Cutts’ video titled “Happiness” is disturbingly accurate portrayal of so many aspects of our daily lives. When I watch this video, I can’t help but wonder why we buy into all these promises of happiness, and chase them so relentlessly?

Online publishing will not die if Medium fails

Image by Marco Djallo, published to Unsplash

Medium has pivoted again and its success could hold the key for a more sustainable online publishing industry. Even if it fails, it won’t mean the death of publishing.

Pretty pleased with my latest in-depth piece on ad blockers

I’ve been thinking about why people use ad blockers and paying attention to how publishers are responding to the ad blocker phenomenon. I spent almost 4 days researching and writing this article series (with borderline pneumonia to boot) and I am pretty pleased with it.

Why targeted ads are bad (it has to do with design)

I had a brief discussion with Rian van der Merwe on Path about Facebook’s latest ad targeting update. I asked him why better targeted ads are so bad? If you accept that ads are a cost of using Facebook, surely more relevant ads are better? His answer surprised me and I had to think about…… Continue reading Why targeted ads are bad (it has to do with design)

Advertising should be about attention, not privacy

Facebook’s expanded ad model is controversial to say the least. John Gruber made a good point in his post titled “Facebook to Use Web Browsing History for Ad Targeting”: “Google does it” is not exactly a badge of honor, privacy-wise. More and more, the entire advertising industry is turning into a threat to privacy. Advertising…… Continue reading Advertising should be about attention, not privacy