Great piece, I’ve been wondering about this recently. It’s funny how a single clap can seem a little insulting when others give five or six. It’s almost like one big sarcastic “oh, well done”. But if that reader does the same for everyone — a habit, I expect, built from the ‘like’ button on other services — they’re actually doing you a favour.
So you’re the algorithm wizards, operating the digital claw-machine, picking up unknowns and flinging them skywards for their 15 minutes of fame. Nice to see the faces behind the white walls and serif fonts.
The vagaries of Medium fortune are cryptic and unforgiving. One day you’ve got 60,000 readers and the next you’ve got…
This article has gained traction because, as well as being nicely written, it justifies the easy way out. You’re telling people what they want to hear, not what they need to.
The hard truth is that alcohol is not good for you in any way. The Pubmed study you cited only links to the abstract, not the conclusion, and even then…
A very well-written piece, and I commend your thoughtfulness and empathy in the face of rushing to judgement.
However, as others mentioned, I think there comes a point where a boundary is crossed, and I think his “things in mouths” line was the absolute limit of acceptability. That was aggressive and demeaning. It’s the…
Great piece, Dan. You are the curmudgeonly oracle Silicon Valley truly needs.
I’m a Lego fan, and I trust there is probably some hard science backing these projects up, but it brings to mind the Myers-Briggs Personality Test — and that’s not a compliment.
Aah, I’m so glad you saw it! How serendipitous.
And thank you — I’ve had your piece saved in a file for a long while. Now felt like the right time to write.
I’ve signed up and I look forward to reading more.