HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 10

HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.

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This week, I wrote on the effect the internet has had on creativity. It’s easier than ever to be a digital creator – but never has a creator had so much competition.

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25. January 2015 by jamesfacts
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HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 9

HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.

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Scott Dadich, EIC of WIRED, released a fascinating memo on office cleanliness, revealing himself to be a total lunatic. I guess we should have seen this coming.

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18. January 2015 by jamesfacts
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HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 8

HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.

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On Vulture, I caught a surprisingly thorough discussion of the Twitter etiquette surrounding praise: is it ever acceptable to retweet it?

As is typically the case, it turns out the correct answer is the opposite of what Donald Trump does.

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11. January 2015 by jamesfacts
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HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 7

HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.

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I’ve long been curious about the story behind an elegant, Second Empire style marble building that backs up against the on-ramp to the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s the former Kings County Savings Bank, and in a twist reminiscent of the Germania Bank building, it’s privately owned by an artist and passionate caretaker, Yuko Nii. Oh yea, 80s artists McGough and McDermott used to keep their horses inside the building(!)

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02. January 2015 by jamesfacts
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HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 6

HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.

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Privilege (and those who lack the self-awareness to acknowledge it!) was a big theme in 2014. The always brilliant Jeffrey Zeldman writes about exactly WHY it’s so critical to explore privilege and bring together diverse teams to build internet products.

If “only young…white…upper middle-class ppl” work in tech “we’ll keep getting camera and hookup apps.”

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28. December 2014 by jamesfacts
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HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 5

HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.

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How many albums did you release in 2014? If it’s less than 334, struggle rapper Viper has come out ahead of you. It would appear Viper’s approach prioritizes quantity over quality, but, um, that’s still a whole album almost EVERY SINGLE DAY and they’re all on Spotify (with beautiful DIY cover art!)

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21. December 2014 by jamesfacts
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HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 4

HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.

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14. December 2014 by jamesfacts
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HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 3

HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.

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23. November 2014 by jamesfacts
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Uber, And The Apps That Isolate In A Digital Economy

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I wrote a brief essay about why ‘convenience’ apps like Uber are so successful: they shield us from interacting with behind-the-scenes workers, most often from very different economic, cultural and social strata than our elite consumers. Read the story over on Medium >>

22. November 2014 by jamesfacts
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Five Things You Need to Know To Hire A Freelance Developer

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There’s an acute lack of digital talent out in the wild. Every business — worm farmers to art dealers — knows it’s critical to be online. That means building a web site, creating a marketing presence and being active in social media. If you’re an employer, implementing this digital infrastructure can be confusing territory. Odds are, you don’t need a fulltime developer / web marketing expert / community manager on your team. But acquiring a freelancer means hiring and evaluating a skillset in which you may have little expertise. The internet landscape shifts so quickly, it’s hard to track exactly what is effective NOW unless you live and breathe web.

From a freelancer’s perspective, even one prepared with skills in strong demand, new clients are shrouded in uncertainty and frustration. Working productively means understanding a new brand and business goals in short order, while gently educating the client: what tools are necessary? what features are cruft? what content is useful?

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02. October 2014 by jamesfacts
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