🎙 Microcast - A Short Audio Note
Just a short audio note to talk about what has been happening over the last couple of weeks. Hints at what is coming in the new year and a wish for you all going into 2019.
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Nothing Has Changed In 2 Years
🔗 Mental Models - The Best Way To Make Intelligent Decisions
When ego and not competence drives what we undertake, we have blind spots. If you know what you understand, you know where you have an edge over others. When you are honest about where your knowledge is lacking you know where you are vulnerable and where you can improve. Understanding your circle of competence improves decision making and outcomes.
This is something I have been thinking about a lot recently. I think it’s natural to not want to appear ‘weak’ by admitting you can’t do something. It leaves you feeling a little exposed and vulnerable - if you’re doing something serious.
But far too many times have I felt inadequate because someone else is better at a task than me. Yet we all have strengths and weaknesses and there is nothing wrong with admiring this to yourself.
Being More Productive By Doing Less
One Journal Snippet
Loosing Connection - And My Mind
🔗 What Is An Instagram Party Account | The Atlantic
The switch to Instagram allows kids to escape the ever-watchful eye of parents and other adults like school administrators or police. “When you think Facebook, you think, your grandma and mom are on that,” says Jason, who is also 18. “They’re probably following you. Insta is different.”
I get the feeling that Facebook is becoming the network that your parents use. For some strange reason Instagram seems to appeal to everyone. Much like Twitter it does not focus on friends and more like minded people, it builds echo chambers and not networks you feel forced into.
🔗 On Blogs In The Social Media Age | Study Hacks
As I noted in Deep Work, if you took the contents of the standard Facebook or Instagram feed and published it on a blog, it wouldn’t attract any readers, or comments, or links. But put this content on a Facebook wall and there’s an implicit social contract in place to motivate the people you know to click a like button, or leave a nice comment in the anticipation that you’ll do the same.
This is actually one of the most interesting points I have come across in a long time. If you used 99% the content posted to social media and put it on a blog - no one would read it. Yet why are people so interested in consuming bits of other peoples lives?
I have absolutely no idea - but I have a feeling that Facebook is pulling on something that we will never understand. The vast majority of these posts don’t offer value, they are posted so others can get a hit of dopamine from a like or a retweet. Does that make us drug dealers?