Serenity Now: The Web as a Sanctuary for Storytellers
When I was building Cowbird, I was trying to create a kind of sanctuary for storytellers on the Internet. A lot of the Internet, in recent years, has become like a shopping mall or like a superhighway that you experience at 90 miles an hour with billboards flashing by you and most Web sites have hundreds of links and banner ads and videos flashing at you and things advertising how many times a given article has been tweeted or liked or shared. And it’s just sort of this frantic, schizophrenic experience. I was much more interested in creating a space that felt like a church or a forest or a park or something very quiet and sacred and contemplative that would really honor stories and honor storytellers and give those things a very respectful home.
So I was trying to build a kind of sanctuary for storytellers and there was a whole slew of different design choices made to try and encourage that, things like only showing one thing at a time, like a full-screen image, which you completely absorb while listening to the author speaking over it. And, when you're finished with that, you can move down and you can start to see metadata that connects that story to other things in the ecosystem. So there's really this combination of having the sort of two-inch view very close to something beautiful and then, once that's been deeply felt, stepping back and zooming up to 10,000 feet and starting to see where that individual moment fits into a broader context, both statistically and also just experientially. So allowing for both of those modes of exploration was really important.
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Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
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Yes, a coup d'état.
- Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.
- A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.
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Michael Dowling, Northwell Health's CEO, believes we're entering the age of smart medicine.
- The United States health care system has much room for improvement, and big tech may be laying the foundation for those improvements.
- Technological progress in medicine is coming from two fronts: medical technology and information technology.
- As information technology develops, patients will become active participants in their health care, and value-based care may become a reality.
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