Welcome to our Monday Linkfest for 18·12·17
Are you seeking a little fuel for your brain or soul this morning? Every Monday we share weekly inspiration and news from across industries, platforms and cultures in hopes you’ll find something to help start your week energised.
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There’s no doubt new technology and the internet at large has had a devastating impact on the publishing industry, but just like a forest’s subtle green post-brushfire, there are signs of new life everywhere.
Thanks to social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, along with streaming services, year-end lists are littered with best-selling books directly traceable to the platforms which once competed for shelf space and eyeballs. A revival of classics has even spawned – thanks to Hulu’s adaptation, this year saw Margaret Atwood sell at least half a million copies of her novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, more than years after its first publication, along with soaring sales of Kindle versions and audiobooks alike.
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The Future of Everything by The Wall Street presents short, digestible snacks for your brain with podcasts covering everything from medical technology, experiential retail, and “smart” guns (if such a thing can even exist. Jennifer Strong travels America speaking to the engineers, designers and visionaries who are shaping the future of humankind.
Recommended episode: In Bitcoin We Trust?
How do you know those certain things in life are, in fact, correct? A great episode of This American Life, “Things I Mean To Know,” delves into the knowledge we hold, sometimes without any recollection of origin or source, and the discoveries made when one starts to question those “truths.”
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Instagram has finally rolled out the ability to follow hashtags – making it easier than ever to stalk your embarrassing obsessions discover new accounts & inspiring content. For brands, it will also aid in the quest for unearthing advocates, potential issues and great user-generated content. The Verge has an in-depth look at the organic evolution of hashtag usage on Instagram, and how the team led by Matthew Ogle – who previously developed Spotify’s “Discover” feature – built the infrastructure to roll out this new, yet long-overdue feature.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
– Marie Curie
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