Social media & the corrosion of democracy

If you spend hours each day on social media fuming about your opponents, you are still participating in the corrosion of democracy, even if you are participating from a morally impeccable position. And so the conventional wisdom among the politically clued-in – that what this moment calls for is more engagement with the news – may be the opposite of the truth.

via How the news took over reality (The Guardian)

Bring back the bloggers

“The biggest stars of the mommy Internet now are no longer confessional bloggers. They’re curators of life. They’re influencers,” the Washington Post wrote in 2018. “They’re pitchwomen. And with all the photos of minimalist kitchens and the explosion of affiliate links, we’ve lost a source of support and community, a place to share vulnerability and find like-minded women, and a forum for female expertise and wisdom.”

via She was the “queen of the mommy bloggers.” Then her life fell apart. (Vox)

Responsible marketing is more important than ever

Forward-thinking marketers understand that online privacy concerns are real, and they have been preparing all along. These marketers strive for growth, but not at the cost of consumer trust. Instead, they invest in ways to protect and strengthen their relationships with customers, ultimately creating brands that will endure. These marketers realize that responsible marketing is more important than ever because the expectations for privacy are higher than ever.

via Want to earn user trust and drive marketing results? (Think With Google)

The ladyfingers in the Web trifle

My big concern is at the bottom of that technology pyramid. The lowest common denominator of the Web. The foundation. The rhythm section. The ladyfingers in the Web trifle. It’s the HTML. And it is becoming increasingly clear to me that there’s a whole swathe of Frontend Engineers who don’t know or understand the frontend-est of frontend technologies.

This stuff really matters. Not doing this stuff is slowly (actually not that slowly) breaking the World Wide Web. At the very least it’s making it more difficult to use for the people who would use your product. If you call yourself a frontend engineer, it’s your responsibility to learn and use the basics – the one thing that’s common across every browser, platform, device or household appliance that can access the Web.

via HTML is the web (Pete Lambert)

September Shred

Happy Monday! (+ Labour Day)

So here we are in September. Firmly 3/4 of the way through 2019. How’s it going?

At the start of the year I laid out a series of goals/priorities. As the months went by, many — but not all — of those goals fell by the wayside.

With the end of the year in sight, I’m starting to think about 2020, and how to best roll from this year into the next one.

Which brings me to the September Shred.

I heard about this from my wife and I’m pretty sure it’s a personal fitness thing about losing weight.

And while we’re going in on that together I’m also thinking about what other things I could shred from my daily routine.

Read more…September Shred