“The Internet is not just a series of pipes. Its core architecture embeds an assumption about human nature. It assumes that if individuals are empowered, they will do the right thing the vast majority of the time. Services like eBay, Craigslist, Etsy and Airbnb are built on the assumption that most people are honest. …
Once upon a time we trusted a hotel chain like Hilton. The brand made people feel safe spending the night there. Increasingly we have less confidence in these established hierarchies. We have come to trust in the network, in the web of connections between people.”—Brad Burnham, Union Square Ventures | The decline of serial killers and rise of the sharing economy (via courtenaybird)
"It’s notable that viewers have expressed similar feelings about other complex TV wives — Carmela Soprano of “The Sopranos,” Betty Draper of “Mad Men.” Male characters don’t seem to inspire this kind of public venting and vitriol.
At some point on the message boards, the character of Skyler seemed to drop out of the conversation, and people transferred their negative feelings directly to me. The already harsh online comments became outright personal attacks. One such post read: “Could somebody tell me where I can find Anna Gunn so I can kill her?” Besides being frightened (and taking steps to ensure my safety), I was also astonished: how had disliking a character spiraled into homicidal rage at the actress playing her?”
“You mean the generation that paid three times as much for college to enter a job market with triple the unemployment isn’t interested in purchasing the assets of the generation who just blew an enormous housing bubble and kept it from popping through quantitative easing and out-and-out federal support? Curious.”—
“Sometimes the Google Bus just seems like one face of Janus-headed capitalism; it contains the people too valuable even to use public transport or drive themselves.”—The dark side of Startup City (via courtenaybird)
You can think of people as users or customers - but they’re not yours. They don’t belong to you, and they may barely even care that you exist. The old Google rejoiced in sending people away from the site as fast as possible, because the result mattered, not the search. Glass points to a risk of forgetting that.
“We get smart by being around other smart people. As important as formal education is, the most important thing cities produce is entrepreneurial talent.”—Harvard economist Edward Gleaser at TED 2012. Also see these 7 essential books on cities. (via explore-blog)