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Welcome to newsletter N.82,
Identity is a big thing in this time and place.
It is for intents and purposes not a fixed mandate, although a great many of us choose to see it that way.
Yet from my view, that echos this article from back in 2013 by Nathan Jurgenson it appears to be a dynamic element that shifts and shapes based on the forces that are in and amongst us.
Much like communication, an identity is always there regardless of the actions at play. Yet based on those forces it can change.
The best metaphor that I can think of in regard to identity is that of a dance.
Depending on the partner, percussion and place, we can create a whole identity during that dance via reaction or a response.
It can be fast or slow, loud or soft, intimate or overt.
In the coming times, as the world gets faster and identities become even more radically categorised and omnipresent. It won’t be in our collective favour to remain fixed to a series of steps provided by the dominant stand taken in digital media.
It is a philosophy that doesn’t capture the real messiness and fluidity of the self, fails to celebrate growth and is particularly bad for those most socially vulnerable.
Instead, being a student to the abundance of moves that we can explore will allow you to find a way and with it this 'liquid self' that moves beyond the edges of your canvas.
It’s an exciting place since that is where the best art comes from, but don’t confuse that for a comforting place.
Since, something new is rarely a comforting affair. - Sammy
Why Do Electric Cars Look The Way They Do?
Because we really like skateboards
Car and Driver has a good article that both assesses the brief history of electric car design and looks at where things might be headed going forward, as designers break free of some early conceptions about what a car (or what a specifically electric car) needed to look like. For me, it features a lot of looks at the “skateboard” chassis popularised by Tesla, but not enough actual skateboards.
If we’re going to cast a broader view, let’s cast it as broad as we can.
First You Make the Maps
How cartography made early modern global trade possible.
If you love maps, really excellent long-scroll page with loads of maps and their history.
The Internet Is Rotting.
Too much has been lost already.
It turns out that link rot and content drift are endemic to the web, which is both unsurprising and shockingly risky for a library that has “billions of books and no central filing system.” A long, but worthwhile read.
The low-desire life
Chinese individuals are shunning tough careers to chill out instead.
This is sort of in that vector of interesting things, since the ruling Communist party is not a big fan of lying flat. Pretty much the opposite, in fact.
Prize money only tells part of the story.
His airness is still the king.
Last year, Michael Jordan made more than twice as much from the Nike Jordan brand, as he did from his entire career in the NBA.
The chief element of happiness is this: to want to be what you are.
– Erasmus, In Praise of Folly.
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