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  • Work Ruined Email
    If you hate email, it’s probably because you work an office job where wrangling your messages is central to getting things done. Tasks arrive unbidden, dispatched impersonally from silent co-workers sitting mere feet away and stacked into a giant pile with no end.It wasn’t always like this. In the past, managers might have used computers to create or review reports or ledgers. But the job itself remained elsewhere—on the phone with clients or prospects, in meetings with teammates or executives, and so on.Email changed all that. The inbox became a to-do list, and everything started to flow through it. The ting of a new email elicits panic because it signals the arrival of a new toil: a new assignment from a boss, a request from a colleague, a policy notice from human resources, an announcement from management, a networking request from a stranger. You didn’t ask for any of these,… ..... Read More.
    THE ATLANTIC – Technology | Internet & TechnologyFri, August 2, 2019
    3 weeks ago
  • Where Everyone’s An Influencer
    At 3:30pm on a recent Tuesday, hundreds of Instagram influencers descended on Gladstones, an old-timey seafood restaurant perched high above Malibu’s pristine beach. Their entrances followed a script: One by one, they entered the eatery's outdoor terrace, immediately whipped out a phone, and began taking photos and videos. One young woman retraced her steps through the entrance four times as a friend filmed her from different angles. Another held her phone aloft for a selfie while twirling a cloud of cotton candy. Others rushed to the porch's edge to take yet more selfies. Two boys posed in similar-looking tracksuits before one stripped off his hoodie to soak in the 85-degree weather.The DJ, Lela B—also an Instagram influencer, according to one of the company’s press representatives—was playing clean, radio-friendly versions of top 40 hits. The crowd wore crop tops, layers of mesh, lots of neon, and, for roughly 40 percent of… ..... Read More.
    THE ATLANTIC – Technology | Internet & TechnologyWed, July 31, 2019
    3 weeks ago
  • Astrology Memes Are for Joking About Your Feelings
    In a recent post on Courtney Perkins’s Instagram account, two gray-haired women stand with their arms around each other, their gazes purposeful, their mouths unsmiling. It’s not clear who they are or what they’re doing, but the two have planned their outfits for the occasion: One woman is wearing a turquoise T-shirt that says “I get us out of trouble” in a white block print. Next to her, the second woman’s coral shirt declares, “I get us into trouble.” She also wears sunglasses, presumably because she’s the cool one.To make the photo into a meme, Perkins, a 24-year-old comedy writer living in Los Angeles, divvied up the 12 zodiac signs under the two shirts’ proclamations. She then posted the finished product to @notallgeminis, an astrology meme account she created in 2017 that now has nearly half a million followers. The comments underneath the post are full of thousands of people,… ..... Read More.
    THE ATLANTIC – Technology | Internet & TechnologyTue, July 30, 2019
    3 weeks ago
  • Candy Land Was Invented for Polio Wards
    If you were a child at some point in the last 70 years, odds are you played the board game Candy Land. According to the toy historian Tim Walsh, a staggering 94 percent of mothers are aware of Candy Land, and over 60 percent of households with a five-year-old child own a set. The game continues to sell about a million copies every year.You know how it goes: Players race down a sinuous but linear track, its spaces tinted one of six colors or marked by a special candy symbol. They draw from a deck of cards corresponding to the board’s colors and symbols. They move their tokens to the next space that matches the drawn color or else teleport to the space matching the symbol. The first to reach the end of the track is the winner.Nothing the participants say or do influences the outcome; the winner is decided… ..... Read More.
    THE ATLANTIC – Technology | Internet & TechnologySun, July 28, 2019
    3 weeks ago
  • A Wikipedia for Generation Z
    If you want to know who the biggest TikTok star is right now, who is in Emma Chamberlain's squad, or where Baby Ariel grew up, there's only one website that will give you the answers: Famous Birthdays.Despite its name, the site contains more than just birthdays—it’s more like a constantly updated, highly detailed map  of who matters to the teen internet, featuring a mix of biographical information, photos, videos, rankings, and detailed statistics on every social media star you could think of. And to teenagers, it's a Bible. "They have everything you want to know about everyone who is important," said Grace, a 14-year-old in St. Louis.Charles Porch, head of global creative partnerships at Instagram, said that Famous Birthdays is like the younger generation's Tiger Beat. "You might know about Famous Birthdays if you're a parent," Porch said. "But you definitely know about it if you're a kid, and you… ..... Read More.
    THE ATLANTIC – Technology | Internet & TechnologyThu, July 25, 2019
    4 weeks ago
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