our current social-media habits might have a lasting effect on how we value the experiences we might usually consider as commonplace. “As more of our lives are automatically recorded for us,” she says, “it's important to understand what aspects of our lives to document and how we can think about when to retrieve and rediscover what we have documented.” […]
Olin's experiment showed a relationship between the time of day and the type of thought. Before noon, for example, most thoughts revolved around seeking coffee and breakfast, wishing for more sleep, or thinking about the day's to-do list.
It is up to me now to choose how to live out the months that remain to me. I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can. In this I am encouraged by the words of one of my favorite philosophers, David Hume, who, upon learning that he was mortally ill at age 65, wrote a short autobiography in a single day in April of 1776. He titled it “My […]
It was a profound reversal for Sacco. When I first met her, she was desperate to tell the tens of thousands of people who tore her apart how they had wronged her and to repair what remained of her public persona. But perhaps she had now come to understand that her shaming wasn’t really about her at all. Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our […]
In November 2005, YouTube closed a $3 million Series A round from Sequoia. Around the same time, a video appeared on the site featuring soccer star Ronaldo that was actually a Nike ad. "It was shocking," Supan said. "That was one of the moments at YouTube where the consumer surprised us." Botha was so impressed that he flew Hurley and Che […]
“The Cooper Hewitt has transformed into an organization not unlike Wikipedia, Pinterest, or, for that matter, The Atlantic: Somewhere between a media and a tech firm; it is a Thing That Puts Stuff on the Internet. Or, more precisely, A Thing That Puts Things on the Internet.” Maybe you can have your “stuff,” and be digital, too.
So if your product is a bar of chocolate, it’s not about giving people something chocolatey to eat, it’s about giving them a tasty treat. And it’s not about giving them a tasty treat, it’s about giving them a treat in a wider sense. And it’s not about the treat as such, but the enjoyment you get from that treat. And it’s not about the physical enjoyment, but […]