Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Career-Oriented Education vs. the Liberal Arts (also see my review)
  2. Read: The internet is breaking as dominant firms (Google, Amazon) distort access to increase their profits.
  3. Read: Airbnb is losing market share to owners and renters as cities respond to tight supply by restricting Airbnb.
  4. Read: Climate warming means that we’re facing more risk from deadly fungi — among other vectors!
  5. Listen to this entire podcast series (season 1) about multi-level marketing and Ponzi schemes — especially for the loyalty dynamics that I see with MAGA populists, religious cults and est (listen to this one, for example).
  6. Read: Sweater quality is falling b/c manufacturers are adding plastic to “100% wool” sweaters? Oh man.
  7. Read: “The less money your peer group has, the more bling you buy—and vice-versa.
  8. Academics — Read these books! A colleagues recommended the Campus Trilogy, which David Lodge published 1975-1988. The stories are sometimes a bit tense but always insightful/cutting/funny. Each book goes into some  cultural element of campus life (sabbaticals, conferences, tenure) and then explores the games and surprises related to those elements. FIVE STARS 🙂
  9. Read: Fragmentation, trolls and advertising is killing social media. Fine.
  10. Read: California bureaucrats replace academic freedom with “diversity.”
  11. This is not fine:

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Author: David Zetland

I'm a political-economist from California who now lives in Amsterdam.

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