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Commonplace Reading - Issue #23

Hello, again. Yes, it's been a while. I've been lucky enough to have had a gangbusters few months wor
Commonplace Reading - Issue #23
By Adam Tinworth • Issue #23 • View online
Hello, again. Yes, it’s been a while. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a gangbusters few months work wise. I’ve travelled to Maastricht, Abu Dhabi, Atlanta and… Milton Keynes.  Busy times.
Too busy for newsletter compiling!
There are some great newsletters that track day-t0-day changes in the digital world. Casey Newton’s Interface is a great example of that, linking the most salient stories about the interaction of digital and politics right now. (It’s on a summer break, but I recommend signing up anyway.) And it lands pretty much every evening. 
Wow. 
This is *never* going to be one of those newsletters. So instead, I’ll just continue sliding into your inbox when time and volume of links allows… Enjoy this little insight into the kind of things I’m thinking and reading about right now. I think they’re worth your time. 

“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets
Media
Vice Media Was Built on a Bluff
Reporter’s Notebook: The Tale Of Theranos And The Mysterious Fire Alarm
The Lily: iterating a visual and editorial voice (News Impact Summit, Paris)
Toxic communities
I’ve been professionally involved with online communities for 13 years, and personally for around 20. It was always evident that there were really positive online communities - and really native ones. The only thing that’s changed in recent years is the scale. 
Here’s a few articles on the subject that have caught my eye recently. 
The Deadly Incel Movement’s Absurd Pop Culture Roots
Chris Hardwick and Why Geek Culture Can’t Shake Its Misogyny
'Unfuckable' Women Don't Go on Killing Sprees
Digitally-infused culture
YouTubers Killed Attempting to Rescue Girlfriend From Canadian Waterfall
Psychologists have looked into why “phubbing” is so harmful to our social lives
Why Doesn't Anyone Answer the Phone Anymore?
In Memoriam
for all the freaks and weirdoes
Visual
1980s Teenagers and Their Bedroom Walls - Flashbak
Portland to Portland (Teleporting Across America) - YouTube
Portland to Portland (Teleporting Across America) - YouTube
Listening
Stringhenge – Richard Durrant
Photo Coda
Such a great place to live in weather like this.
Such a great place to live in weather like this.
Thanks for reading - I hope you found this interesting.
If you know anyone who you think will enjoy the newsletter, please pass it on. I’m only one short of the magic 100 subscribers. It might even incentivise me to send it out more often… 😉
Until next time - whenever that is…
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