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Republicans in Kansas are supporting the Democratic candidate for governor. Click here to watch Jessica Williams investigate.

There was a time I saw 8itgr8 almost everyday but it’s been almost seven years. Learning about Beacons, Internet of Things and his new company NewAer.

There was a time I saw 8itgr8 almost everyday but it’s been almost seven years. Learning about Beacons, Internet of Things and his new company NewAer.

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A cartoon by Carolita Johnson. See more cartoons from the magazine this week.

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A cartoon by Carolita Johnson. See more cartoons from the magazine this week.

Apple’s Jonathan Ive in Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter

As far as pop records go, you can’t go wrong with Kindness’ new record, ‘Otherness’. So full of soul, R&B, and jazz inspired tracks.

As far as pop records go, you can’t go wrong with Kindness’ new record, ‘Otherness’. So full of soul, R&B, and jazz inspired tracks.

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This is very real to me.

This is very real to me.

"Our society constantly proclaims that anyone can make it if they just try hard enough, all the while reinforcing privilege and putting increasing pressure on its overstretched and exhausted citizens. An increasing number of people fail, feeling humiliated, guilty and ashamed. We are forever told that we are freer to choose the course of our lives than ever before, but the freedom to choose outside the success narrative is limited. Furthermore, those who fail are deemed to be losers or scroungers, taking advantage of our social security system.

A neoliberal meritocracy would have us believe that success depends on individual effort and talents, meaning responsibility lies entirely with the individual and authorities should give people as much freedom as possible to achieve this goal. For those who believe in the fairytale of unrestricted choice, self-government and self-management are the pre-eminent political messages, especially if they appear to promise freedom. Along with the idea of the perfectible individual, the freedom we perceive ourselves as having in the west is the greatest untruth of this day and age.

The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman neatly summarised the paradox of our era as: “Never have we been so free. Never have we felt so powerless.” We are indeed freer than before, in the sense that we can criticise religion, take advantage of the new laissez-faire attitude to sex and support any political movement we like. We can do all these things because they no longer have any significance – freedom of this kind is prompted by indifference. Yet, on the other hand, our daily lives have become a constant battle against a bureaucracy that would make Kafka weak at the knees. There are regulations about everything, from the salt content of bread to urban poultry-keeping.

Our presumed freedom is tied to one central condition: we must be successful – that is, “make” something of ourselves. You don’t need to look far for examples. A highly skilled individual who puts parenting before their career comes in for criticism. A person with a good job who turns down a promotion to invest more time in other things is seen as crazy – unless those other things ensure success. A young woman who wants to become a primary school teacher is told by her parents that she should start off by getting a master’s degree in economics – a primary school teacher, whatever can she be thinking of?

There are constant laments about the so-called loss of norms and values in our culture. Yet our norms and values make up an integral and essential part of our identity. So they cannot be lost, only changed. And that is precisely what has happened: a changed economy reflects changed ethics and brings about changed identity. The current economic system is bringing out the worst in us."

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Paul Verhaeghe, Neoliberalism Has Brought Out The Worst In Us

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"Understanding the soul of a product (or of an organization) requires conversation—about what you believe in, about fundamental values, about quality. These ideas must be argued and agreed. Likewise, expressing the soul of a product requires still more conversations, still more argument and agreement. At this level, design is conversation. — Hugh Dubberly"

- What can Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive teach us about designing?

“An artist is a man who digests his own subjective impressions and knows how to find a general objective meaning in them, and how to express them in a convincing form.” — Maxim Gorky

An artist is a man who digests his own subjective impressions and knows how to find a general objective meaning in them, and how to express them in a convincing form.” — Maxim Gorky

"For marketers of pop culture, connecting to a buzzword or a keyboard symbol that has resonance on digital platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook can be a boon to a product’s success. Music, fashion, publishing and Hollywood industry insiders are trying to tap into what people are talking about online and to stoke the chatter for the benefit of sales."

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imageHashtags in Titles Is a #Trend That Can Backfire - NYTimes.com

It’s just a reflection of how we’re living now.

IDSA panel on complexity and simplicity in Design with designers from Kickstarter, IDEO, Google and Huge.

IDSA panel on complexity and simplicity in Design with designers from
Kickstarter, IDEO, Google and Huge.

"Some of my favourite videos are simple choreographies.” - Adam Bainbridge

Kindness — ‘This is Not About Us’

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Editorial design by Tobias Faisst

"Silicon Valley is in many way premised on the idea that big companies can be beaten by, as the myth has it, a founder in a garage with little more than an idea. On paper it doesn’t make sense, and yet the examples are legion."

- PayPal’s Incentive Problem | stratechery by Ben Thompson