Saturday 9 January 2016

Reading list, 9 January 2016

Maciej Cegłowski on the website obesity crisis. Maybe you don't care at all about the size of the pages you're downloading on the internet, or what that - a few steps down - means for online advertising. I don't care about your don't cares. Read this as a wonderful example of how polemic on a technical topic can be fluent, funny, and mind-expanding.

'Blogs were gold and bloggers were rock stars back in 2008 when I was arrested' - Hossein Derakhshan was sentenced to nearly 20 years in jail in 2008, mostly for his web activities. Following his surprise early arrest, he has tried to re-establish himself online, and his insights on how the internet has changed over that time as a person who uses it to share writing are fascinating. A quite different take on the 'Facebook is killing the internet' theme.

Nicholas Serota in the Art Newspaper: The 21st-century Tate is a commonwealth of ideas (which, shamefully, introduced me to their online performance series, which I'd never heard of.

The Little Old Lady from the Upper West Side how the New Yorker's DNA has been sustained over time.

And in the New Yorker - Ben Lerner on conservation of contemporary art at the Whitney, and beyond.

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