Reading for your weekend: interesting stories in tech, politics, religion, & more

As we approach midsummer, I hope you have vacation plans. And I hope that you spend most of that time not looking at a screen. Here are a few articles to think about this weekend.


Tech

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Can Journalists Live Without Twitter? — newrepublic.com

Twitter is ten years old. The political journalists interviewed here wonder why they waste so much time on it and what they would ever do without it.

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My Company Tried Slack For Two Years. This Is Why We Quit. — www.fastcompany.com

Slack is marketed as the kind of office communication you need to be efficient and connected. It’s also been not inaccurately described as an all day meeting with no agenda and random participants. One company decided to drop it altogether.

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You Are Now Fully Optimized — thebolditalic.com

Life as an A/B test.

Politics

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The G.O.P. Rejects Conservatism — www.nytimes.com

Congressional Republicans have no agreement on what they want to stand for or what they want to do. They united as an opposition party, but can’t do anything now that they’re a governing party. David Brooks helpfully considers why.

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The Rise of the Thought Leader — newrepublic.com

My friend David Sessions analyzes the modern ideas industry, who funds it, and what it’s doing to political culture.

Life is more convenient than ever, but convenience has also weaponized temptation. — Adam Alter

Leadership

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My 400-Person Company Has A Great Work Culture, And We All Work Remotely — www.fastcompany.com

For this company, remote work is a managing precept. And it works. I’d wager as real estate costs grow and people can connect even easier, remote will become a precept for an increasing number of companies.

Religion

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What the Continued Crucifying Of Rob Bell Says About Modern Christianity — relevantmagazine.com

In religion, much like politics, there’s not much you can be wrong about without being a traitor to your tribe. This effect used to be a helpful way of sorting identity. But now that the tribe has lost the power to publish ideas, this impulse turns most questions and discussions into abrasive shouting matches. I, for one, would rather a religion with more understanding, the ability to listen, and room for disagreement.

Simplicity

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What It Means to Really Unplug — www.outsideonline.com

No doubt during my trip this weekend I’ll talk about unplugging and turning off my screens. But my best intentions can’t hold a candle to this guy.

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