“Silicon Valley visionary John Perry Barlow died last [Wednesday] night at the age of 70. When he was 30, the EFF founder (and sometime Grateful Dead lyricist) drew up a list of what he called Principles of Adult Behavior. They are:”
I’m still processing everything in this piece but it summarizes a lot of things I’ve been thinking about over the past couple years. An excerpt:
“A critic of literature examines a work, analyzing its features, evaluating its qualities, seeking a deeper appreciation that might be useful to other readers of the same text. In a similar way, critics of music, theater, and the arts have a valuable, well-established role, serving as a helpful bridge between artists and audiences. Criticism of technology, however, is not yet afforded the same glad welcome.”
While he admits his digital-media empire has had a difficult few months, Peretti sticks to his optimism about BuzzFeed’s model and its identity as a social-first media organization in an interview with CJR.
In recent months, the team has launched calendars to integrate into readers’ Google and Apple calendars to inform them of content produced by the paper. Later this year, it will launch a modified version of a text message experiment it ran during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.