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“We want no part of it, the past,” Filippo Tommaso Marinetti wrote in his “Futurist Manifesto” of 1909, which was meant to change art forever. Grant Snider, a New York Times illustrator, puts his own pen to paper, and asks (in pictures) how well Marinetti and his “outlandish and entertaining” visions have fared.
Quinten Farmer was just your typical college dropout — you know, an early employee of two successful start-ups by the age of twenty-three — but now he’s doing the unspeakable: going back to school. Smart people aren’t necessarily good at teaching themselves, he says, and even if they were, the Internet isn’t always the best place to learn. To the carrels!
In the End Was the Word and the Word Was the Sponsor’s
As more publishers turn to sponsored content — advertisements disguised as news — Jeff Jarvis offers the advice he got when he started Entertainment Weekly: “The reader must never be confused about the source of content.” If legacy brands want to leverage their quality instead of dilute it, they need to get into the business of serving customers, and delivering unadulterated, good content is a part of that.
When did regular old culture become geek culture? Medium takes a plunge into all things geek in Geek Empire and Play Time, the gaming collection. Among the gems: a nerd’s ode to a Swedish heavy-metal band, a fan-fiction vet’s takedown of Kindle Worlds, and a feminist’s defense of video-game raunch and violence.
Last week, on Medium, Steven B. Johnson pushed back at New Yorker staff writer George Packer’s critique of Silicon Valley politics (“Change the World,” published May 27), and Packer responded to Johnson on his magazine’s Web site. Now the discussion continues in Johnson’s new Medium post, a defense of the tech industry as a model for equality.
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