Byte-Counting: Silicon Valley boys’ club, compassion collapse, Banksy stunt
Keeping track of top blogs, articles, podcasts, shows, movies, music, events & other units of digital information I’m consuming this week.
I once wrote in the Huffington Post: “If we actually digested mainstream media the way we eat food, we would be over-weight and under-nourished.” Consider this weekly tally of my thoughtful media consumption as the “byte” version of calorie-counting.
Memo to the Silicon Valley boys’ club. Arlan Hamilton is the only black, queer woman to have ever built a venture capital firm from scratch — and I can’t wait for the day when she’s the rule, not the exception. Her firm Backstage Capital is gearing up for a new chapter: a $36 million fund dedicated exclusively to black women founders (she calls it the“it’s about damn time” fund.)
The “compassion collapse.” The confirmed death toll from the tsunami that rocked Palu, Indonesia has soared to more than 2,000, and an estimated 70,000+ people are displaced. Sadly, psychologists find that people tend to care more about the suffering of single individuals, and less about the pain of many people. How do we stay empathetic in the midst of overwhelming tragedy?
Banksy trolled the art world. It was fun to watch.
Cardi B and Ciara/Missy Elliott killed it at the AMAs.
Meru. Three elite mountain climbers attempt to reach the summit of Mount Meru in India — known as the “anti-Everest” for the obscurity and complexity of its difficult, technical climb up a razor-thin ridge. The level of dedication, resilience, and trust exhibited by these men is awe-inspiring. The insane footage captured by the documentary filmmakers stayed on loop in my mind for days after I watched it.
The downtempo tracks on the album Migration by Bonobo somehow reminds me of fall. Quiet, moody, melancholy, but with sophisticated forward-moving momentum; ever-changing.