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In the News 15.04.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 15.04.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


1. Ev Williams’ Rules for Quality Content in the Clickbait Age

“Nearly three years later, the state of the digital media business is in chaos. Social distribution in the form of Facebook and Twitter has all but replaced search and homepages as the most critical means of content discovery and distribution. Publishers and advertisers have leaped across the firewalls that once kept them separate, joining forces to create new types of content and marketing. Programmatic advertising, which relies on software to aggregate and sell audiences across sites rather than selling ad space on a specific publication, is on the rise.”

Read the rest of this article at Wired





2. The surprising downsides of being clever

“If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan Turing, or Lisa Simpson – lone stars, isolated even as they burn their brightest. As Ernest Hemingway wrote: ‘Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.’”

Read the rest of this article at the BBC





3. The Golden Ratio: Design’s Biggest Myth

“In the world of art, architecture, and design, the golden ratio has earned a tremendous reputation. Greats like Le Corbusier and Salvador Dalí have used the number in their work. The Parthenon, the Pyramids at Giza, the paintings of Michelangelo, the Mona Lisa, even the Apple logo are all said to incorporate it.”

Read the rest of this article at Fast Company





4. Twitter for the Masses

“By Twitter’s own count, 500 million people visit the site every month without being logged in. Some 150 million of those come directly to, making its home page one of the more popular pages on the Web. That represents an enormous potential audience for a company that has been dogged by its struggles to attract new members. And yet, for those without an account, doesn’t feel like a destination. It feels like a dead end.”

Read the rest of this article at Slate





5. Jumping Ship

“It was about 2:15 a.m. My friend Milton Long and I could see the water creeping up the deck, as the Titanic was going down by the head at a pretty fast rate. The water was right up to the bridge. There must have been over sixty feet of it on top of the bow. As the water gained headway along the deck, the crowd gradually moved with it, always pushing toward the floating stern and keeping in from the rail of the ship as far as they could. We were a mass of hopeless, dazed humanity, attempting, as the Almighty and Nature made us, to keep our final breath until the last possible moment.”

Read the rest of this article at Lapham’s Quarterly



P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.



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