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In the News 27.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 27.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


1. Thinking Sideways

“History is the prediction of the present. Historians explain why things turned out the way they did. Since we already know the outcome, this might seem a simple matter of looking back and connecting the dots. But there is a problem: too many dots. Even the dots have dots. Predicting the present is nearly as hard as predicting the future.”

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker





2. Defining Luxury for a Modern Era

“The luxury industry has become so successful and often so accessible, it can feel like the question of exclusivity has been lost,” Ms. Scholze said. “Craft in luxury is about making something that is so unique it can only be made one time, and, perhaps even more, appreciating the passion and endless obsession of these makers.”

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times





3. The Shut-In Economy

“This is a familiar scene. Five months ago I moved into a spartan apartment a few blocks away, where dozens of startups and thousands of tech workers live. Outside my building there’s always a phalanx of befuddled delivery guys who seem relieved when you walk out, so they can get in. Inside, the place is stuffed with the goodies they bring: Amazon Prime boxes sitting outside doors, evidence of the tangible, quotidian needs that are being serviced by the web. The humans who live there, though, I mostly never see. And even when I do, there seems to be a tacit agreement among residents to not talk to one another. I floated a few “hi’s” in the elevator when I first moved in, but in return I got the monosyllabic, no-eye-contact mumble. It was clear: Lady, this is not that kind of building.”

Read the rest of this article at matter




4. The House That Céline Built

“Today, fashion aristocracy has moved in. Céline, the influential LVMH-owned fashion and accessories brand, has made the hôtel particulier its first Parisian maison. An extensive gut-renovation was recently completed, transporting the space back to its former glory, under the direction of the discreet and finely attuned British creative director Phoebe Philo. Together with chief executive officer Marco Gobbetti, she has led the 70-year-old brand to new heights, with revenue increasing fourfold since their arrival in 2008. But Céline, which was founded in 1945 and became part of LVMH in 1996, didn’t have a headquarters that matched the level of its influence. With its arrival at 16 rue Vivienne, it has finally joined the major houses whose addresses are part of Paris’s fashion landscape, such as Chanel at 31 rue Cambon, Dior at 30 avenue Montaigne and Hermès at 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.”

Read the rest of this article at The Wall Street Journal





5. The Taming of Tech Criticism

“Most contemporary American critics of technology—from Jaron Lanier to Andrew Keen to Sherry Turkle—fall into the cultural-romantic or conservative camps. They bemoan the arrogant thrust of technological thinking as it clashes with human traditions and fret over what an ethos of permanent disruption means for the configuration of the liberal self or the survival of its landmark institutions, from universities to newspapers. So do occasional fellow travelers who write literary essays or works of fiction attacking Silicon Valley—Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, and Leon Wieseltier have all penned passionate tracts that seek to defend humanistic values from the assault of technology. They don’t shy away from attacking Internet companies, but their attacks mostly focus on the values and beliefs of the companies’ founders, as if the tech entrepreneurs could simply be talked out of the disruption that they are wreaking on the world. If Mark Zuckerberg would just miraculously choose a tome by Isaiah Berlin or Karl Kraus for his ongoing reading marathon, everything could still go back to normal.”

Read the rest of this article at The Baffler



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