Things I Enjoyed January 13 2017
Going to expand the scope of this a bit to include podcasts, movies, tv shows etc although this entry still is all related to articles. I’ll do books separately once a month.
- Medicaid’s Data Gets an Internet-Era Makeover — I love this profile of a Korean woman entrepreneur who was also a key contributor in helping fix the Healthcare.gov disaster. The lines I bolded gave me all the feels.
Ms. Kim, 35, a former Google product manager, has firsthand experience with Medicaid. Her brother, Kimong, who is a year younger, is severely autistic. When he was 8, Kimong started having monthly grand malseizures, which are characterized by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. The ambulance, hospital, doctor and therapy bills piled up. As a 9-year-old, Ms. Kim helped her Korean immigrant parents complete the Medicaid application forms.
He can only say a few words, and one of them became the start-up’s name — “Nuna,” or “big sister” in Korean
- New Yorker’s 30 Most Disappointing Under 30 — A great parody list.
- Which Michelle Obama Will We Get When She Leaves the White House — What role both Obamas will play during the Trump presidency will be fascinating to see.
The approach worked brilliantly, protecting and elevating her, putting her as far above reproach as anyone in the mosh pit of American politics can hope to be. The less explicitly political she sounded, the more political influence she wielded, in convention speeches and other key moments. This approach carried a price: It did not capture the true depth, originality and directness of Michelle Obama.
- Renewing Medium’s Focus and Venture Capital Is Going To Murder Medium — This highlights one of the key tensions of the Internet — people expect high quality content to be free. I enjoy reading things on Medium and it’s definitely a great publishing platform, but I would never pay to publish or read things.
Upon further reflection, it’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. The vast majority of articles, videos, and other “content” we all consume on a daily basis is paid for — directly or indirectly — by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals. And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result, we get…well, what we get. And it’s getting worse.
- Peter Thiel, Trump’s Tech Pal, Explains Himself — One thing is certain. No one can accuse Peter Thiel for not thinking for himself. I would not be surprised if one of Thiel, Bezos, Cuban or Zuckberberg runs for President within the next 12 years.
“But there’s a point where no corruption can be a bad thing. It can mean that things are too boring.”
- Thinking is Hard — I love reading about cognitive bias and this is one of the most digestible forms I’v seen.