„Artur, your opinions always seem a bit extreme” – my friend, when we were discussing the public education last week. Education is one of my hot topics, and you can expect a related essay from me soon.
I enjoy people having strong opinions, people experimenting with their way of thinking, and trying out something new. That appreciation of experimentation extends to culture. I consider all four Avengers movies to be quite average, but Thor Ragnarok (trailer) is one of the best ones out there. Rise of Skywalker is disappointing, but The Mandalorian is excellent.
Popular franchises suffer from the curse of their own popularity. They have to appeal to everyone and thus cater to the lowest common denominator.
Less-popular offshoots, like Mandalorian, Guardians of the Galaxy, or The Umbrella Academy, are not scrutinized as strongly by studio executives. Not every plotline has to be sanitized, and not every single thing has to be optimized to death.
That leaves room for creativity, exploration, and pure fun. Education could be the same way if we stopped trying to extract production value out of the kids.
3 Interesting effects of the Internet
- In „Ladders of Wealth Creation”, Nathan Barry (creator of ConvertKit ) lays out differences between selling your time, productizing your services, and selling a product. He also shared an insight that would have saved me 5 years of failed entrepreneurship:
„You can skip ahead, but you still have to learn the lessons from each step”
- An Evangelist for Remote Work Sees the Rest of the World Catch On – a New York Times interview with our CEO, Matt Mullenweg. You can learn details of how Automattic success in Remote Work, why we bought Tumblr, and what are our plans (something yours truly is working on).
- You definitely need these Soviet Bus Stops in your life.
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I write about the psychological and technical aspects of the Internet, focusing on remote work, online economy, and cognitive load. Every monday.