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  1. Eight Tiny Stories, Translated From the Emoji

    James Hannaham and John W. Bateman play a game: one of them texts five random emoji to the other, and the recipient then creates a micro-story. Read some of their collaborations at Electric Literature

    Fiction
  2. How to Give Proper Attribution

    “Have you ever held a door for a stranger and they didn’t thank you for it? That’s what it feels like when someone uses your work and doesn’t give you credit or proper attribution.” In this Own Your Content toolkit, Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley and others share advice on giving credit on the internet.

    Education
  3. How to Make a Proper Introduction for a Collaboration

    At Own Your Content, you’ll find advice from influencers across various topics. This toolkit offers tips from Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge, and others on how to craft thoughtful emails that can lead to creative collaborations.

    Business
  4. On Making Your Business Better, Not Bigger

    “I think we just have to be honest and get over our penchant towards not wanting to brag a little.” In an interview with Paul Jun as part of the Own Your Content campaign, Paul Jarvis discusses About pages, keeping your business small, and the importance of an online space that we own.

    Business
  5. Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction

    “What I do when I look at Twitter is less akin to reading a book than to the encounter I have with a recipe’s instructions or the fine print of a receipt: I’m taking in information, not enlightenment.” Mairead Small Staid explores the work of Sven Birkerts and reading in our digital age.

    Books
    JOHAN GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, LAESENDE LILLE PIGE, 1900
  6. You Don’t Have to Live in Public

    Austin Kleon on the need to gain a sense of ownership over our online lives: “Back [in 2013], the worst I felt social media did was waste your time. Now, the worst social media does is cripple democracy and ruin your soul.”

    Commentary
  7. Why Bitcoin is Stupid

    “Government-issued currencies have value because they represent human trust and cooperation. There is no wealth and no trade without these two things, so you might as well go all-in and trust people. There are no financial instruments that will protect you from a world where we no longer trust each other.”

    Current Events
  8. The 99 Best Things that Happened in 2017

    Many might want to forget 2017 ever happened; at Quartz, Angus Harvey compiled a list of 99 things that might help salvage the image of the year that just ended.

    Culture
  9. One Does Not Simply Add Ethics to Technology

    L. M. Sacasas’s essay reminds us that the tension between technology and ethics isn’t new — we’re just coming back to it these days with new questions and new challenges.

    Commentary
  10. A Moveable Feast: A Brief History of the Revolving Restaurant

    From the archives of J. S. Graboyes’ Duck Pie blog, a look into the origins of an unnecessary-yet-fascinating 20th-century invention.

    Architecture
  11. Pretty Girls Don’t Get Less Than A Hundred Likes On Their Selfie

    The writer at Scattered Scripturient on the social media generation: “I define my worth by how many likes I get on a picture or a post, and the realization of that fact actually causes my stomach to flop.”

    Culture
  12. Pulled Punches

    A coffee, a loyalty punch card, and a Rubik’s Cube star in Marissa’s wishful musings for more analog time.

    Nostalgia
  13. Robot Cars and the Fear Gap

    From Ketan Joshi: “No technology will result in the complete eradication of vehicular fatalities, but considering the major role of human error in car accidents, computer assistance and eventual control should lead to a serious reduction of death and injury. Currently, this doesn’t matter.”

    Data
  14. How Much Poison Is Acceptable in Our Technology?

    Designer Ash Huang questions whether tech designs for the majority, or for the majority of white males. “For an industry that complains about the inconvenience of waiting for a cab, doing laundry, or picking up takeout, we sure build a lot of suffering into our apps.”

    Design
  15. Saron Yitbarek: ‘I Don’t Belong in Tech’

    “I feel you whisper make the world a better place as you drift to sleep, so obsessed with changing it that you forget that the world is made up of little people like me.” CodeNewbie founder Saron Yitbarek writes about her relationship with the tech industry.

    Technology