Category Archives: College Humor

Beyond Black Box Management

An Exciting Way to Make a Living Alex Honnold is an adventure climber. He specializes in free solo ascents, which means he climbs tall things with no ropes. If he falls, he dies. He’s perhaps most famous for being the first

The Disturbing High Modernism of Silicon Valley

A Revealing Memo A couple weeks ago, BuzzFeed leaked a memo written by Facebook VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth in the summer of 2016. It contained the following controversial passage: “[Connecting people] can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe

On Analog Social Media

The Declutter Experiment In late 2017, as part of my research for a book I’m writing on digital minimalism, I invited my mailing list subscribers to participate in an experiment I called the digital declutter. The idea was simple. During

Beyond #DeleteFacebook: More Thoughts on Embracing the Social Internet Over Social Media

A Social Transition Last week, I wrote a blog post emphasizing the distinction between the social internet and social media. The former describes the internet’s ability to enable connection, learning, and expression. The latter describes the attempt of a small

On Social Media and Its Discontents

Split Reactions As someone who has publicly criticized the major social media platforms for years, I’ve become familiar with the common arguments surrounding this topic. One of the more interesting trends I’ve observed about this conversation is the split reaction

Stephen Hawking’s Radical Thinking

The Death of a Genius Earlier this week, Stephen Hawking died. It was a sad day for lovers of science. Hawking’s breakthrough work from 1974 provided the world a new understanding of black holes. It also unified, for the first

Tim Wu on the Tyranny of Convenience

An Important Essay Earlier this month, Tim Wu wrote an important 2500-word essay for the New York Times’s Sunday Review. It was titled: “The Tyranny of Convenience.” Wu’s piece is both deep and scattered — an indication that the target

Sebastian Junger Never Owned a Smartphone (and Why This Matters)

Junger’s Radical Simplicity Last November, journalist Sebastian Junger appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast. The conversation lasted over two hours, but it was the first two minutes that caught my attention: Joe: You have a real flip phone? Sebastian: I do

Facebook’s Desperate Smoke Screen

Soros vs. Facebook One of the big headlines from last month’s World Economic Forum at Davos was a scathing speech delivered by George Soros. The billionaire philanthropist and liberal activist decried what he saw as multiple threats to open society

On Simple Productivity Systems and Complex Plans

BuJoPro No More Last month, I wrote a post about the popular bullet journal (BuJo) personal productivity system. In this article, I pontificated on a potential variation I called BuJoPro that I thought might better accomodate the demands of high