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food-for-thoughtGladwell for Dummies

A strong critique to the “Gladwellian” thought.


The Chessboard Killer

Oldish GQ article that scared the crap out of me. It profiles Russian serial killer Alexander Pichushkin.

“I thought it was strange that he only wanted to kill people he knew,” she says, sipping instant coffee. “If he had killed people he didn’t know, in another neighborhood, it wouldn’t have been as bad, but he killed people he knew.” Indeed, the Maniac befriended people so he could kill them. Among his favorite books was Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Disturbingly, that last bit makes total sense.

The Vestigial Tale

Boston Globe article on the waning of long form content, or as it’s colloquially known, the TLDR(Too Long, Didn’t Read).

There’s a furious adapt-or-die mentality among media organizations. Researchers say we’re becoming a “society of scanners.” They say the Internet is a “link medium.” We find ourselves abandoning stories in mid-sentence. Newspaper executives have embraced a new format known as “charticles,” which are, in the words of the American Journalism Review, “combinations of text, images and graphics that take the place of a full article.” The Orlando Sentinel, for example, now has a front page crammed with graphics, columnist head-shots, bulletins, story keys, headlines, bumpers, tags, indexes, an advertisement — a cartoon! — and lots of pleas to check the Web site.