Money, Money, Money / Must Be Funny

I was left with this feeling that we are all still borrowing money we don’t have to spend on stuff we don’t need – we are still dancing on the deck of the Titanic

As voice-command purchasing is enabled as default on the Echo devices, some viewers’ Alexa units interpreteded Patton’s words as a command, resulting in a series of additional dollhouse dispatches

These two quotes are taken from the new issue of Delayed Gratification, a magazine which again I’d recommend. The first is from Laura Greenfield, a photo journalist, “who has spent 25 years documenting dept, the growth of consumerism and the rise, fall and rise again of the super-rich”; the second from a regular feature in DG, The butterfly effect, which in this issue shows how a derailed banking career in C19 Vienna led to the mass online ordering of dollhouses in January 2017.

Feature followed article and I felt the two quotes, by accident or design, highlighted and complimented each other nicely.

Under No Illusion

To follow a minute-by-minute cycle of news is to be constantly threatened by illusion. So I’m not just staying off Twitter, I’m cutting back on the news sites in my RSS feed, and deleting browser bookmarks to newspapers. Instead, I am turning more of my attention to monthly magazines, quarterly journals, and books. I’m trying to get a somewhat longer view of things — trying to start thinking about issues one when some of the basic facts about them have been sorted out. Taking the short view has burned me far too many times.

– Alan Jacobs

My copy of the new issue of Delayed Gratification arrived in the post today.

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I began buying it about a year ago and thanks to a subscription bought for me for Christmas by my sister I will be reading it well into this year. It’s difficult to remember what sparked my initial decision to buy it, but the issues Alan Jacobs brings up in this post from earlier this year are definitely similar to the ones bothering me at the time.

Whether Delayed Gratification will usher in a slow news revolution is debatable. Perhaps it’s unimportant. For currently it provides an alternative to the existing news landscape and I’d definitely recommend you buying a copy.