Some conversations are boring; some people come off as boring. In fact, no one is boring, they just haven’t been edited properly.
We’re not getting any better at dealing with these problems; we may be getting worse. At their root, we fail to recognize our fragility and vulnerability. Technology makes our lives easier, but it won’t make us happier until we develop our emotional intelligence, including kindness.
How we use the Internet — and for what — has changed dramatically over the past ten years. The same forces that are empowering groups that feel repressed — #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and, yes, #WhiteLivesMatter too — are challenging our ability to relate to one another across identity-based and ideological divides. Here’s what I’d do to change that if you were to give me $50 million.
Surely, there will be wonderfully creative applications of textless technologies. But then some things will be lost.
I still don’t expect Modest Mouse to mean as much to anyone else as it does to me. But here’s my best attempt at explaining why, to me, they mean so much.
Earlier this month Senegal discovered another 1.5 billion barrels of oil off its coast. Will the revenue reduce Senegal’s poverty or increase the cost of luxury condos in Montreal?