The Politic: 5 reasons to always carry a book with you

To be honest, I don’t know where I first picked up this bit of advice (probably in some Medium blog!), but it’s been with me for close to three years now: “If you spend enough time carrying a book around, you’ll eventually read the damn thing.” It may be annoying at first. It may be outright stupid for weeks or more. … 

 

Medium Gets a Rebrand

First moving from hearts to clapping, now a total rebrand? I like it. It’s clean, it’s imaginative, and it’s — most importantly to my mind — typographical,which is something Medium kind of lost somewhere along the way. But then, I honestly never liked the old holo M (sorry guys). This rebrand goes back to Medium’s roots, which I love. Clean, uncomplicated, focused … 

 

The Politic: ‘If we could just consume more, we’d be better off,’ said no one ever.

We want to consume — we’re made that way. You’ve had the internet for 20 years now. Are you smarter? It’s a worthwhile question — given the huge increases in time spent online and the shrinking time spent doing literally anything else. Mobile usage has exploded, data is limitless, and technologies have disrupted many of the ‘old ways’ of doing business (i.e. Uber, … 

 

The Politic: Escaping death is easy when you’re not really there

What automation did to our jobs, social media is doing to our relationships. I sat in the corner of a great cathedral this week, paying my respects to a person I hardly knew. Funerals really aren’t my thing, but I try to take them seriously when I go. After all, you’re honoring a person’s entire … 

 

Plumbers are losers (wrong)

When I look back at my nascent career in Washington, D.C., I survey a mixture of tangible and ambiguous accomplishments — all of them paper pushing in some regard. I began as a fundraiser in 2012 and have since transformed into a communicator, one of the online sort. I would say I am luckier than most: a …