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Adam Curtis on the Dangers of Self-Expression
BBC journalist and the documentarian behind HyperNormalisation, Adam Curtis, discusses art, individualism, power, myth, and the complications of self-expression.

What Was the TED Talk?
“TED’s archive is a graveyard of ideas. It is a seemingly endless index of stories about the future – the future of science, the future of the environment, the future of work, the future of love and sex, the future of what it means to be human – that never materialized. ... If the research wasn’t entertaining or moving, it was seen as somehow less valuable. TED’s influence on intellectual culture was ‘taking something with value and substance and coring it out so that it can be swallowed without chewing’, Bratton said. ‘This is not the solution to our most frightening problems – rather, this is one of our most frightening problems.’”

Column: Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you | Reuters
Life for the medieval peasant was certainly no picnic. His life was shadowed by fear of famine, disease and bursts of warfare. His diet and personal hygiene left much to be desired. But despite his reputation as a miserable wretch, you might envy him one thing: his vacations...

Blue Marriage and The Terror of Divorce
This is the midweek edition of Culture Study — the newsletter from Anne Helen Petersen, which you can read about here. If you like it and want more like it in your inbox, consider subscribing. If you read any of the hundreds of advice columns that have found renewed life on the internet, you’ll recognize a certain genre of question. It comes from a woman, almost always married, who’s describing a partner’s shitty behavior. They often narrativize the behavior in a way that simultaneously asks the reader to understand that something is wrong (

Amia Srinivasan · Cancelled: Can I speak freely? · LRB 29 June 2023
Most of us would find it horrible to be told that we aren’t worth engaging with, that our views are socially...

Will A.I. Become the New McKinsey? | The New Yorker
As it’s currently imagined, the technology promises to concentrate wealth and disempower workers. Is an alternative possible?

There Is No A.I.
There are ways of controlling the new technology—but first we have to stop mythologizing it.