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Matt Taibbi on the Topic

The media business keeps trying to ruin Jesse Singal and Katie Herzog, and they keep prospering. On the loony Substack controversy, and the paradox of moral panic in media.

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Substack Has A Problem

I’m a fan of Substack – but it looks like they might be hitting some issues as they rush to attract famous writers to the platform – and paying them. On the outside it looks good that famous writers use you – but if you are paying them – and not discllosing that – we have an issue.

Beyond that, to pay someone means that you are choosing not to pay someone else – at which point you are becoming a publisher – not a platform and thus arguably support/agree with those writers words and opinions. What then distinguished you from any other publishing vehicle.

Vox has a view.

Then again there is this (spolier alert – an opposite pov : Adding My Data Point To The Discussion Of Substack Advances.

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The Future of Remote Work

Over on the podcast and in the newsletter – oh and in the People First network, I have been ruminating about remote work.

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Specifically about work visas and wondering where work is done and once you know where it is done – then – do you need a work visa?

Quick example. You LIVE in P0rtugal. You connect to servers in the US. You are paid in London. Your value is delivered (eg where the code (for example) is rendered and turned into something that can be charged for in Canada.

Where do you work?

Seems like I am not the only one, Adam Ozimek from Upwork shares his ideas about nomadic workforces with Matt Yglesias. He is really only talking about the US – but still raising valid and related questions about the other side of the where do you work equation – where do you go if you cant work. Which state?

They discuss the implications for migration, local governance, and the elusive concept of work/life balance. (Where have I heard that one before?)

Adam argues strongly for the whole work thing in America to be Federalized.

Listen to the podcast here. If you don’t have a full 60 minutes to listen – scoot through to minute 4o for the pertinent stuff.

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Technology

Switch It Off Already

I’m kind of over people complaining about how LinkedIN sucks because … or Facebook users are … or Instagram Photos are ….

Social Media channels are like TV channels. If you don’t like them you can ignore them or even delete them.

Just do that. Why fill my feed with your rubbish.

In fact you can refine your feed even further … block, remove, delete the people that offend you. It is

  • much easier
  • massively more effective
  • way quicker

than writing a screed on why you feel so upset.

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Why Do You Work?

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I promise, Manton, Daniel and I did not coordinate this – I think sometimes synchronicity just happens.

In last weeks newsletter I asked the question

Why Do You Work?

A reply post will be available this Saturday.

There have been some great answers, but that is not the reason for this post.

Manton Reece – the brain behind Micro Blog 1 and Daniel Jalkut – the brain behind Red Sweater 2 have a weekly podcast called Core Intuition. This week I learned that they have been running their podcast for twelve years. A remarkable feat even of itself. Both of them are independent developers and this week the conversation turned to employment. A really nice discussion between two professionals that wrestle with following their dreams and passions, while balancing the need to put bread on the table.

Have a listen – you won’t regret it and very pertinent to the discussion ‘Why Do You Work’.

Footnotes

1] If you want to see MicroBlog working in the real world, my web site – John.Philpin.Com is powered by MicroBlog.

2] If you want to see Red Sweater working in the real world, that’s a little harder – but Daniel has a superb product called Mars Edit that I am using to write and post this article. Seriously. If you are a Mac user that writes a blog – you should be using Mars Edit.