The 364th Five Star Mixtape: 5 Great Posts and Meg Rosoff
This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by running, understanding a new perspective, fashion over 40, mind control, the new C-word, and Meg Rosoff:
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I began running at night. This was borne from convenience, hot weather and also a desire to be hidden and to hide. As simple as the nouns in a sentence: marriage, motherhood, neuroses, anxiety, writer, or that word that sounds like food chewed in an open mouth, chores. I left the house and fell into a fast walk. The trails I run are sparsely lit, I have terrible eyesight, so the world swims in pleasant strangeness, as if I am stoned.
Last night, everything changed. For the millionth time, once I was able to recognize the fact that I was making assumptions based on my own experiences, I was able to follow my daughter’s lead and break open what I thought I saw, what I thought I knew.
"To the women over forty and the twenty-somethings who write about them" by Phoebe Holmes at Herding Cats:
I’m officially in my forties. I’m surrounded by teenagers. And I’m tired of fetuses on the internet telling me what to do.
The other day, there was some slideshow on the internet, yet another “Things Women Shouldn’t Do After 30”.
One of the things? Wear big hoop earrings.
My response? A two fingered salute to the screen.
"How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist" by Tristan Harris at Medium's The Startup:
I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked.
When using technology, we often focus optimistically on all the things it does for us. But I want to show you where it might do the opposite.
Where does technology exploit our minds’ weaknesses?
"Replace ‘Crazy’ With The Adjective You Actually Mean" by Katie Klabusich at The Establishment:
Growing up, my family used the word “crazy” a lot. It was our way of acknowledging some of what we dealt with while avoiding having to talk about it.
The word stuck with me for years — an overused adjective for describing anything that felt indescribable or beyond explanation.
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