2018/10/09: We live in the age of envy. Career envy, kitchen envy, children envy, food envy, upper arm envy, holiday envy. You name it, there’s an envy for it. Human beings have always felt what Aristotle defined in the fourth century BC as pain at the sight of another’s good fortune, stirred by “those who have what we ought to have” – though it would be another thousand years before it would make it on to Pope Gregory’s list of the seven deadly sins.
But with the advent of social media, says Ethan Kross, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan who studies the impact of Facebook on our wellbeing, “envy is being taken to an extreme”. We are constantly bombarded by “Photoshopped lives”, he says, “and that exerts a toll on us the likes of which we have never experienced in the history of our species. And it is not particularly pleasant.”
Clinical psychologist Rachel Andrew says she is seeing more and more envy in her consulting room, from people who “can’t achieve the lifestyle they want but which they see others have”. Our use of platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, she says, amplifies this deeply disturbing psychological discord. “I think what social media has done is make everyone accessible for comparison,” she explains. “In the past, people might have just envied their neighbours, but now we can compare ourselves with everyone across the world.” Windy Dryden, one of the UK’s leading practitioners of cognitive behavioural therapy, calls this “comparisonitis”.
And those comparisons are now much less realistic
2018/10/08: By 2040 - only 22 years from now - the world will be in deep trouble, according to the unassailable expertise of the U.N.’s experts. Food shortages, wildfires and the mass death of coral reefs are just some of the dangers.
Getting the planet’s warming under even a modicum of control requires a fast-moving “transformation of human civilization at a magnitude that has never happened before,”.
every issue we devote attention to other than climate change is really a secondary issue.
the best minds in media should be giving sustained attention to how to tell this most important story in a way that will creates change.
2018/09/19: Notifications are no longer used to notify you of anything—they’re used by apps to beg for attention.
Facebook appears to be increasingly sending meaningless notifications to people who use the site less and less in hopes of enticing them back to it.
Twitter, a platform where literally anyone on Earth can pick a fight with you at any time of day and deliver it directly to your phone’s lock screen.
Doctorow: I have trained all the people who can send me messages using those protocols that the only time to send me a message over them is when something is extremely time-sensitive. I check in on everything else (email, Twitter mentions, etc) several times a day, but I don't have anything, on any of my devices, that interrupts me to tell me that someone, somewhere is thinking about me.
When she went to Egypt for vacation, Mona el-Mazbouh surely didn't expect to end up in prison. But after the 24-year-old Lebanese tourist posted a video in which she complained of sexual harassment-calling Egypt a lowly, dirty country and its citizens "pimps and prostitutes"-el-Mazbouh was arrested...
An Instagram post by Kevin James Bennett, an Emmy Award-winning makeup artist and cosmetics developer set the beauty influencer community aflame on Tuesday. In it, Bennett describes the "mob-like behavior" of high-profile beauty influencers and the management teams he was in touch with to reviews for beauty products he was releasing under his own name. Bennett claims the influencers offered to trash a competing product in comparison to Bennett's products in exchange for $75,000 to $85,000. Bennett also called out the all-too-common practice of skirting disclosure requirements and urged the FTC to start issuing fines:rnrn A brand I consulted with asked me to inquire about working with a top-level beauty influencer. The influencer's management offered me these options:rnrn 1) $25K - product mention in a multi-branded product review.rn 2) $50K-$60K - dedicated product review (price determined by length of video).rn 3) $75K-$85K - dedicated negative review of a competitor's product (price determined by length of video).rn 4) A minimum 10% affiliate link or code to use on IG and YT.rnrn Yes, option n. 3 is legit - payment to damage the competition's business. I told you it was mob-like behavior.
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