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💻 I didn’t know an outdoor drama was even a thing until Brandi B wrote about the longest-running one in the nation. This isn’t just a play on an outdoor stage — the very ground itself is the stage, including some features like a small pond. Read Going Home: The Outdoor Drama Tecumseh

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💻 There’s a lot of negative press about TikTok, especially how this Chinese-backed app is killing Facebook. Cal Newport says that this is probably a good thing — and we should remember that all social-media products are temporary. Read TikTok’s Poison Pill

💻 There are different “rules” for living as you compare socioeconomic classes in the US. One distinctive “rule” about the middle and upper classes is that we like things quiet. Kevin Drum reflects that this might be an underlying reason people don’t want affordable housing in their neighborhoods — the people that move in don’t share the same values around quiet. Read What’s the right amount of noise?

📷 The cheap Chinese Diana camera was a lo-fi wonder in the 1960s when it was introduced. You can buy new ones today, but fupduckphoto tests an original. Read Lady Diana

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9 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    Interesting article on the “noisey poor”, but Kevin Drum is only scratching the surface here in cultural differences. As a person raised middle-class, but not only single, with a single persons income, but working in the creative fields with an income on average between 20% and 30% lower than someone on the same level in the corporate business world; I’ve been directly privey to the sociological and culutral differences between “classes” all my working life.

    Trust me when I say it’s been a long, long converation with people in my situation, and how due to financial circumstances, we are forced into living with people that comport themselves in a way that is unacceptable to the way we were raised. What we consider to be “societal” values, or “community standards”, such as taking care of your property, being careful with your neighbors, keeping a low profile, etc., I’ve heard people say if they acted that way, they would be considered an “Uncle Tom”. I’ve had a lifetime of hearing “reverse” values among the poor, such as hating people and making fun of people that try to do better for themselves, like go to college. There’s almost a pride in being stupid among a lot of the working poor I’ve met. Trust me when I say I’ve listen to years of it, and if by some gift of the gods, I ended up winning an even small lottery payout, I would segregate myself from the people I live with now and not feel a bit bad about it.

  2. Must admit I prefer quiet to noisy. We are hoping soon to move to the countryside where it will be very quiet! And I have noticed the changes on FB and Instagram. I only use Instagram to publish some of my photos, and to learn from other photographers. It is probably not the best way to do either, but it is a way, and it holds little interest for me apart from that. FB on the other hand did enable me to reconnect with friends and extended family I had lost touch with over many years. I do enjoy seeing what my friends are up to, to a point, but I dislike advertising and all the tribalism on the platform. But it has been, up till now, a reasonably efficient way of getting some messages and information out to others. Useful, but my life would possibly be better without it!

    • Andy Umbo says:

      Steve, social media has always made me kind of “hinky”; from it’s inception, I was of an age and a group of people that thought it was pandering to the psycologically “needy” (and lets be real here, it was developed originally to pander to college people that were less than mature of development yet, why adults would get sucked into it is something for sociologists of the future to ponder).

      I have to say, I’ve never joined any of it, and I also have to say I’m absolutely disgusted by small and medium businesses who do their advertising on FB, etc. (especially as an ad guy), Over the years, even the “open” accounts on FB almost demand you join to make it much easier to read, and get “push” notices of postings. I won’t do it, and consider those who use it as an ad vehicle for their small businesses to be lazy, as well as wildly inconsiderate to try and force me to join a system that is the king of gleaning information about all aspects of your life. I know small businesses that have stand-alone web-sites that they admin with frequency, and don’t try and steal your soul; and I also know small businesses that only post on FB and can’t be bothered to even post items in time for you to plan to see and event at their place? Most of my friends that had FB accounts, mostly driven by edict from their companies, closed all accounts on retirement, and feel better for it.

      Cal Newport says all social media is temporary, but they all still want to rob your person information from you for advertising, and the rapid changes of platforms that are now “hipper” than the last one, reminds me of my buddy that years ago used to refer to USA Today as the “paper for people with limited concentration and IQ.”

      • Andy, absolutely. I hate the advertising and am very reluctant indeed to pay to advertise on these platforms myself. These companies appear to be a completely ethics free zone, and the damage to society at large has been enormous.

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