Medium Staff

Jun 21, 2024

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Sieran Lane, queer trans writer and therapist, explains how to add pronouns to your Medium profile—and why it matters. He writes, "I feel heartened that I can display my pronouns prominently on Medium now, so there is no more ambiguity for people."
"I loved this meditation on how to be creative within the constraints of a 'day job' (and what that term even means). I highlighted: 'I have to remind myself that I’m not a quitter, per se, I’ve just decided to play a different game, a game that’s more interesting and challenging to me at this point in my life.'" —Harris Sockel @ Medium
Riikka Iivanainen, writer and user researcher: "Now we know one reason why it’s easier to make progress on goals that are fun, important, or meaningful: because the (unconscious) mind and body are on our side, effortlessly steering us toward our goal and away from temptations. So if you want to make a goal easier to reach, choose one that lights you up."
Historian and essayist William Spivey: "Juneteenth is being promoted as 'Freedom Day.' But there’s a hitch: nobody was freed on Freedom Day; enslaved people were literally told to go back to their plantations and hope to extract wages from their former enslavers."
Evan Sharp, co-founder of Pinterest: "It is personal, not social, media."
"A truly fascinating story about AI fraud in higher ed. Adjunct professor Mary Rose details how bots enroll in courses so their creators can apply for Pell Grants... and how she caught them by spotting patterns in the coursework they submitted." —Harris Sockel @ Medium
UX writer Rita Kind-Envy: "'Get-there-itis' is another name for plan continuation bias: 'a dangerous mindset where pilots stick to their original plan despite new information indicating a need for change.'"
Nassim Taleb, bestselling philosopher and author of 'The Black Swan' and 'Antifragile': “Religious differentiation, culminating in the modern polarizations, is a rather late thing in history. So is its ancillary religious intolerance.”
The concept of "dad" is deceptively simple, yet when you dig deep there's so much depth there. In honor of Father's Day, we're sharing a collection of stories about fatherhood from multiple angles. Want this in your inbox? Sign up here:
Design researcher Lindsey M. West Wallace: "Simply put, the 'unsexy problem problem' is that people who need to work together often don’t agree on what kinds of problems are exciting to solve and what kinds of solutions are worth pursuing."
Medium’s mission is to deepen our understanding of the world, and by definition that means helping us learn from people whose experiences are different than ours. For Pride month, we invited editors of a few Medium publications to share some stories that do just that.
Strategy and analytics lead Torsten Walbaum: "Communication in the workplace is not about what you find interesting to share, but what the audience needs to hear."
Gatkek Kuajien Chuol: "I believe that our names carry an important connection with our very souls. I mean, I should know because, went a person pronounces my name properly for the first time, I always feel a sense of satisfaction and joy, just by the mere fact that they get it right."
Author Grace Loh Prasad reflects on the process of writing her debut memoir: "I had unconsciously internalized the indifferent reader—the person who could not be bothered to make any effort to know me better. And that was a disservice to what I finally realized and embraced as my primary audience—the reader who is curious, who is invested in me and my story and wants to know more."
"Such a fun and interesting reflection on the nuances of culture and language. I really enjoyed this with my own morning cuppa!" —Zulie Rane, Product Marketing @ Medium
Jeffery Smith, author of 'Operations Anti-Patterns DevOps Solutions' and dad who works from home: "The internet talks a lot about remote work from the perspective of the worker but doesn’t often talk about it from the perspective of the family, but more specifically, the children."
Kelly Smith, contextual designer: "Imagine a huge wall covered in thousands of dots. Each dot represents a piece of knowledge that you’ve acquired. In your hand you have a ball of string, and you wind the string between the dots to create patterns. Connecting the dots in a new way is creativity."
"Slava Polonski, PhD, a research lead at Google, breaks down what can be so weird and off-putting about personalization—we like getting customized recs, but don’t like the feeling of being spied on—and charts a course towards a more human-centered approach: Teach people how personalization actually works, make it less creepy by giving them more control, and stop reducing them to a single 'type.'" —Scott Lamb, VP of Content @ Medium