HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 13

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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Image by Folkert Gorter of superfamous.com

This week, over at Medium, I wrote about the challenge of staying mindful while browsing the internet – a challenge I face using Internet Palate Cleansers. I’m a work in progress, but it won’t stop me from doing what I can to improve.

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17. February 2015 by jamesfacts
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HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 12

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

net-neutrality

Big week for Net Neutrality! The fight to prevent telecommunications monopolies from ham-stringing upstarts isn’t over yet, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has released a proposal that hews closely to how most advocates agree the web should be regulated. For international perspective, Vlad Savov shares what he thinks the wider influence of sensible Net Neutrality rules might be.

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08. February 2015 by jamesfacts
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HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 11

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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If you’d like to avoid sleeping well at night, I’d recommend a peek at the (accurately named) Megamouth shark caught in the net of a Philippine fishing vessel this week. It is an extremely ugly and deeply mysterious fish. This is only the 60th time on record that humans have come in contact with one of these strange filter feeders.

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01. February 2015 by jamesfacts
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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.

rain

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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