Recommended reading

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My weekly roundup of blog posts: a sure sign of higher civilization.

Seth Godin points out that most people want to work with familiar people doing familiar tasks, and be praised for following the rules. He argues that this is why so many workplaces resist change. Perhaps, he wonders, whether we could become familiar with the feelings of the unfamiliar. Perhaps that would allow change. Read In search of familiarity

I never actually saw the photo of our President’s severed head (in effigy) that features comedian Kathy Griffin. Thank heavens. But Scott Adams has an interesting take on it: how your reaction to the photo reveals which movie of the United States of America you are currently watching. There are two, and they aren’t related. Read The Kathy Griffin Controversy

Stephen Dowling has slowly been cataloging all the films still available to film photographers, and he’s issued Part 2 of his list. Read All the 35mm films you can still buy: Part 2 – Fuji to JCH Streetpan 400

I work in the software industry, albeit in the Silicon Cornfield of Indiana, not the Silicon Valley of California. I don’t see the traits and behaviors here Aaron Renn calls out as endemic of Silicon Valley. And he paints an unflattering picture of those traits. Read The Silicon Valley Mindset

This week’s film-camera reviews:


2 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Heide Avatar

    I especially loved Scott Adams’ observations this week and his analogy that Americans are watching different films. What a great metaphor! He raised an interesting question by asking whether Griffin’s stunt was “art.” But here’s another question we should be asking: Was it SMART? I will go to the mat to defend the right to free speech — but with that freedom also comes a responsibility to use it judiciously. And creating something just for the sake of provoking a reaction seems a little irresponsible, in my world view. There’s already enough vitriol between the audiences of the two films; I’d rather spend my energy trying to find which narratives the two films have in common, so we at least have a starting point for civilized discussion.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      YES. We need to find the common ground in the two narratives. People adhering to each narrative need to come to understand the other narrative. Only then can healing and restoration begin.

      I swear, the shrinking of the middle class has been destructive to our nation, as it has pushed people to the outer edges and given us so little to share in common.

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