"Here is the primary argument for joining a network – and I’ll keep this short: you have better things to do. Some people mow their own lawn, others hire a landscaper. Some people buy used home exercise equipment off of Craigslist, others hire personal trainers. Some people make their own dinner, others go to a restaurant. It’s about opportunity cost."- Podcast Networks Work Hard To Let Hosts Focus on Shows (Jeff Ulrich for Midroll)
"Podcast networks have a future, but it’s in casting off more of the shackles and models that continue to constrain them. And this future vision may be so different from what we currently understand a podcast network to be that Marco may be right: the new model may need a new name that better defines its purposes. A pod of podcasts, not a network."- Pick a Peck of Podcasts: Are Networks Still Relevant? (Glenn Fleishman for Glenn Fleishman)
"This lack of visual disparity has probably led to society’s fondness for hipster-bashing. As Alex Miller, UK editor-in-chief of Vice, explains: “I couldn’t define a hipster. I guess it’s ‘The Other’. But as a general term it’s blown up because people finally realised they had a word to mock something cool and young which they didn’t understand.” - The end of the hipster: how flat caps and beards stopped being so cool (Morwenna Ferrier for The Guardian)
"He said that work was what he did to make money to fund the things he cared about. This idea of having a job that makes going to work fun every single day and as fulfilling as hitting a home run while rescuing a baby and simultaneously getting a book deal for your Tumblr is mostly a myth and not something to keep changing careers until you find." - (Emily V. Gordon for Do You Think You’re Pretty?)
“‘Let markets work’, you say, ‘so that capital and labor can rapidly reallocate to create new fields and jobs.’ Well, we’re three decades into an era of systemic deregulation and financialization. The result? Global recession, lingering structural unemployment, and an accumulation of capital at the top of the economic pyramid. In this climate, capital has indeed ‘rapidly reallocated’…into hard-to-tax, hard-to-regulate asset classes like fine art. Small business loans are still crunched and austerity reigns while tens of billions in corporate profits sit in off-shore tax shelters.” - Dear Marc Andreessen (Alex Payne for Valleywag)
“‘Mr. Hoglund commanded the respect of all who worked with him,’ GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. ‘His legacy was that of a gifted leader known for his integrity, decency and advocacy for the customer. He will be deeply missed by the GM family.’” - Bill Hoglund, former Pontiac and Saturn chief, dies at 79 (Vince Bond Jr for AutoNews) RIP to my grandfather.
"Building a culture around really understanding error, risk, and safety, and moving beyond blaming and punishing people for ‘human error’ has created an environment where people feel empowered to do their best work with the knowledge that there’s no incentive to hide mistakes. " - How Perks Can Divide Us (Melissa Santos & Rafe Colburn for Model View Culture)