Merlin Mann on a better media diet

Posted on Thu 30 November 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with politics, quotes, social media • 1 min read

Politics, celebrity gossip, business headlines, tech punditry, odd news, and user-generated content.

These are the chew toys that have made me sad and tired and cynical.

— Merlin Mann, Better

This is from the revised essay republished seven years ago. It’s worth revisiting, especially when you add in our new …


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Riding the Mastodon

Posted on Sun 26 November 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with mastodon, open source, personal, social media, twitter • 7 min read

Reader, I did it again. I joined another social network.

I know, I know. I should know better, right? But this time feels different. There’s something special about this one. Maybe it’s simply the contrast from Facebook and Twitter that makes it so appealing, but I can’t …


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If Your Website’s Full of Assholes, It’s Your Fault

Posted on Sat 28 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, facebook, gamergate, mra, social media, twitter • 1 min read

This old post from Anil Dash has been making the rounds again this week, and for good reason.

As it turns out, we have a way to prevent gangs of humans from acting like savage packs of animals. In fact, we’ve developed entire disciplines based around this goal over …


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Quote: Matt Mullenweg on Blogging Without Distraction

Posted on Tue 07 January 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with social media, writing • 1 min read

The antidote I’ve found for this is to write for only two people. First, write for yourself, both your present self whose thinking will be clarified by distilling an idea through writing and editing, and your future self who will be able to look back on these words and …


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Quote: Chuck Wendig on Personal Brands

Posted on Tue 31 December 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with marketing, social media, writing • 1 min read

You are not a brand. You are a human being. Writing is your craft. Story is your art. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: who wants to read a story by a brand? (“Ah, the erotic culinary autobiography of the Burger King. Finally, it is …


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Avoiding Getting Caught Up In Other People’s Bullshit

Posted on Sun 04 September 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, social media • 3 min read

One downside about social media is that it’s easier to get caught up in other people’s drama just from tangential contact. In most cases, it’s just the narcissism of small differences at work, and it isn’t worth your time and energy to get upset about it …


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Quick Post: Pownce API 2.0 Now Available

Posted on Fri 29 February 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with api, assorted geekery, pownce, programming, social media, social networking, tech • 1 min read

In case you missed it, Pownce announced the release of the second revision of its public API today. The new API is much more elaborate than the previous version (which was honestly kind of a joke), and promises to be robust enough that interested parties could use it to rewrite …


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