“We kept telling ourselves it caught on because we have a great new plan: integrating print and the Web to publish quickly and transparently. But we also believe it’s because everybody loves to see the little guy go for it. We all want proof that it doesn’t take a bunch of money and lawyers to make something great. And you know what? It doesn’t.”—from The Editors of 48 Hour Magazine, which I got in the mail today, and is wonderful. (via meaghano)
“We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.”—Why we travel, Jonah Lehrer (via lanipauli)
“The internet encourages a lot of sharing, but some of these needles look pretty dirty to me. Facebook has basically become a designer drug to get private citizens to loosen up around marketers. Twitter is a bit of nicotine. Tumblr, if used correctly, is pretty close to a hallucinogenic. Foursquare is basically beer-pong.
It’s hard to say what implications any of that has. I plan to stay ambivalent. Christopher Hedges says something like “We are a society hallucinating on the celluloid shadows of celebrity culture.” But I don’t know C. Hedges. You’d have to stare at a lot of “bad culture” to have such a fully formed opinion. And I don’t think you can take an honest look without opening yourself up to fall in love with the humanity of your own vices. Just my take.”—Nic Rad
“Like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explaination, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and what’s happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there- with your eyes open- and lived to see it.”—Anthony Bourdain, The Nasty Bits
From businesses we’ve never heard of, to countries we’ve never visited, to infants who’ve had the random misfortune to be born into a family that’s on TV – it’s all grist for obvious jokes and shortsighted commentary that, for at least a few minutes, helps both the maker and the consumer feel a little less bored, a little less vulnerable, and a little less disconnected. For a minute, anyway, it makes us feel more alive. Does me, anyway…
What makes you feel less bored soon makes you into an addict. What makes you feel less vulnerable can easily turn you into a dick. And the things that are meant to make you feel more connected today often turn out to be insubstantial time sinks – empty, programmatic encouragements to groom and refine your personality while sitting alone at a screen…
What worries me are the consequences of a diet comprised mostly of fake-connectedness, makebelieve insight, and unedited first drafts of everything. I think it’s making us small. I know that whenever I become aware of it, I realize how small it can make me. So, I’ve come to despise it…
I want to become an evangelist for hard work and editing, and I want to get to a place where it shows in everything that I do, make, and share. Yes, even if it makes me sound like a fancy guy who just doesn’t get it. Fuck it.
“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. When we really listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other. We are constantly being re-created.”—Brenda Ueland (via dontthinkjustquote) (via exsouvenir)