This quote comes from former Facebook exec, Chamath Palihapitiya, providing commentary on today's social media climate. This was one of the first things I read this week and it set the tone for the next seven days. 

This is an interesting comment, especially given that it comes from someone who has directly profited from such a model. Not many of us have sat down and thought about how strategic social architects are when it comes to enhancing and growing audiences, clicks, likes, favs, and so on.

It's all 100% intentional and designed with how your mind functions as well. Your addiction is by design and when you consider for what purpose, then the real deep thoughts begin. 

I've always had a love/hate relationship with Socials (and by socials I'm referring to all). I've always held the mindset that they are inherently neutral up until very recently. I've regarded Socials as tools that their very best and weapons at their very worst. I'm starting to remind that mindset now as time goes on.

Social Media is getting more and more sophisticated as time goes on. The recent surge in video content has been phenomenal. Virtual Reality and Machine Learning have become terms thrown around more than they every have. Things are moving so quickly, you almost cannot detect their transition.

Keeping out a vigilant eye in this day and age is and absolute must.

What I Listened To:

'Uncivil' has been the go-to podcast for me this entire week. Produced by Gimlet Media, Uncivil is A new history podcast where hosts, "go back to the time our divisions turned into a war, and bring you stories left out of the official history."

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It flirts with a very interesting and honest idea: Our country has always been divided in two. It was not repaired and mended after the Civil War. Uncivil answers the question of why this is the case all while unearthing untold stories from the Civil War. Naturally, many of these stories center around African-Americans. It has been on repeat for me and I strongly recommend.


Justin Smith