The Weekest Links


Hi there, stranger. My name is Alice Politics and I'm a freelance writer here on stress.fm.

In the last few months we've been having this internal conversation about a way to increase the visibility of all the great content that is created and circulated on the stress universe - a growing number of streams and pages that are filled with great stuff everyday. We are trying, like most digital media platforms, a number of approaches to better showcase all our content and ideas, as well as the stuff we like, and this post is just another start of one of those strategies.

It will be a weekly - hence the title - short post about what I believe to be interesting stuff. That simple. It won't be necessarily dedicated to original stress.fm stuff, but it will occasionally do that as well. Don't expect too much text, or analysis, just a few pointers and reminders of some of the best materials flowing through my screen. And so, without further ado, I give you:

The week of the 25th of March to the 1st of April, 2013

In Conversation: Jaron Lanier and James Bridle On Who Owns the Future? (by The School of Life)

Jaron Lanier, of Virtual Reality and Digital Maoism fame, talks to the New Aesthetic's original voice, James Bridle. Instant reblog. Two great minds discussing Lanier's latest book, "Who Owns the Future", and his ideas about the problems with the current architecture of the internet, how big computers ( Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, etc) end up having an unfair advantage in contemporary networks, and in general how social justice can be reconciled with what Bridle has called ultracapitalism. If you care about these topics, and you should, sit back and listen closely.




A Day in the Life of a Digital Editor, 2013 - by Alexis C. Madrigal


The Atlantic is one of those American media legends. It has lived long enough to witness and struggle with the digital disruption of the century and this piece by Madrigal highlights the difficulties of content creation in the new environment of social media-driven web traffic, attention wars, diminishing budgets. The passion of writing and the contemporary ethics of journalism are beautifully and critically reflected upon in this essential piece for anyone interested in media and communications in the 21st century. Read it now.

Don't Hate Her Because She's Successful, by The Last Psychiatrist


After a few months of radio silence, The Last Psychiatrist comes out of the woods and delivers another sharp critique of the media rhetoric around feminism and its chosen icons, like Sheryl Sandberg and Kim Kardashian. Relentless, funny, insightful, courageous. This piece cuts through the matrix-induced clutter, kicks it hard against the curb, and then proceeds to write down some names. Beyond the Silicon narrative of female empowerment lies another deep, dark, troubled story: check it out.

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That's it for this week. Be sure to browse your way through the vast and  mysterious stress.fm universe, and I'll meet you here next Monday with a few more links. Take good care.

Alice Politics