Quote of the week

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

Selfishness always aims at creating around it an absolute uniformity of type

– Oscar Wilde


Why Are So Many Americans Single? : The New Yorker

Most people who were brought up in the past half century have been taught to live this way, by their own rules, building the world they want. That belief—Klinenberg calls it “the cult of the individual”—may be the closest thing American culture has to a common ideal, and it’s the premise on which a lot of single people base their lives. If you’re ambitious and you’ve had to navigate a tough job market, alone can seem the best way to approach adulthood.

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Source : The New Yorker


The Tribes of Androids and iPhones

Though big cities have more than their share of trailblazers, with gentrification they’re attracting wealthier and more risk-averse, group-oriented types,” says Richard Florida, author of “The Rise of the Creative Class,” which explored the question of which cities are most creative and why. “Hipster urban cultures can be just as monolithic, homogenous and creativity-squelching as any other,” he says.

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Source : WSJ

What Facebook and Twitter Mean for News

Over all, just 9% of Americans very often follow news recommendations from Facebook or from Twitter on any of the three digital devices (computers, smartphones or tablets). That compares with more than a third, 36%, who very often go directly to news organizations on one of their devices, 32% who get news from search very often, and 29%

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Source : State of the Media


Think . Make . Rest . Decide

Facebook’s ‘dark side’: study finds link to socially aggressive narcissism

“The way that children are being educated is focussing more and more on the importance of self esteem – on how you are seen in the eyes of others. This method of teaching has been imported from the US and is ‘all about me’.

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Source : The Guardian 


When villains go viral

Angelo Izama, an award-winning Ugandan journalist and political risk analyst, isn’t convinced it means anything at all – or anything good, anyway. “A moment like this has a kind of placebo effect,” he says. “These simplistic views make it very difficult to make people address a situation that is really complex. It helps the status quo. But the status quo has failed.”

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Source : The Independent