Choosing one set of disreputable billionaire overlords over another hardly counts as freedom, even less than choosing one brand of shampoo over another does. If unfettered Netflix delivery speed and the unbridled rise of “the next Zuckerberg” really do best exemplify the social advantage of common carriage online, then our commonest laments are also venial, not mortal ones. We’re choosing checkout lines, not foreclosing communal futures…

Sitting in front of the television, you grasp your iPhone tight in your hand instead of your knitting or your whiskey or your rosary or your lover.

The shame of expecting an immediate reply to a text or a Gchat message after just having failed to provide one. The narcissism of urgency.

The pull-snap of a timeline update on a smartphone screen, the spin of its rotary gauge. The feeling of relief at the surge of new data—in Gmail, in Twitter, in Instagram, it doesn’t matter.

The gentle settling of disappointment that follows, like a down duvet sighing into the freshly made bed. This moment is just like the last, and the next.

You close Facebook and then open a new browser tab, in which you immediately navigate back to Facebook without thinking.

Leaders Eat Last

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“If our leaders are to enjoy the trappings of their position in the hierarchy, then we expect them to offer us protection. The problem is, for many of the overpaid leaders, we know that they took the money and perks and didn’t offer protection to their people. In…

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS

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If we have optimism, but we don’t have empathy—then it doesn’t matter how much we master the secrets of science, we’re not really solving problems; we’re just working on puzzles.
You may think, as I once did, that I’m primarily in the business of serving good food. Actually, though, food is secondary to something that matters more. In the end, what’s most meaningful is creating positive, uplifting outcomes for human experiences and human relationships. Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard.
How odd, I can have all this inside me
and to you it’s just words.

Kyla La Grange - Cut Your Teeth

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In all honesty, having Amazon (or any e-commerce site) send me marketing emails which draw my attention back to items I’ve already viewed to coax me to buy feels invasive and voyeuristic, and will make me less likely to purchase as a result. It’s a good technique, don’t get me wrong, and I can’t deny its effectiveness. But I’m the kind of customer who will steadfastly spend money when I decide to, and will respond to marketing techniques like the ones here by clamping down and withholding when I would otherwise make a purchase.