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August 10, 2013 8:57 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #164

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • Why you should write - Medium. "I love writing. It's like a less-absent-minded narrative of myself, without the breathless tumbling-over of ideas and side roads. But because I also do it (partly) for a living, sometimes it feels like a chore. Drew Hoolhorst's piece on Medium reminded me of some important things about the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Music Industry, Explained - Pando Daily. "Everything you want to know about the changes the recording industry has undergone, in one well-written interactive post. Must-read for anyone who wants to understand publishing, licensing, and royalties." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • High 'Game of Thrones' piracy is 'better than an Emmy,' says Time Warner CEO - The Verge. "Time Warner CEO (and owner of Game of Thrones TV franchise) says that piracy is, sigh, destroying their business blah blah... oh... wait. No. That's not what he says. He says: piracy is making them tons and tons of money." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • In ebook case, Apple wants a stay, and DOJ argues publishers are conspiring again - GigaOm. "Don't you wish the Department of Justice spent as much time chasing the people behind the financial crisis, as they are spending on arbitrating what is, essentially, a war for marketshare between Apple and Amazon? (Hat tip to Craig Mod for the observation about financial collapse vs. ebook prices)." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code - Lifehacker. "This is a great piece with a ton of resources that speaks to a concept I have shared multiple times on this blog and in my latest book, CTRL ALT Delete. We often talk about the profound effect that learning multiple languages can have on a child's development and their success. I believe one of the best languages (and gifts) that we can give our children is the opportunity to learn how to code. Well, if you think that your educational systems are failing on this grade, do yourself a favor and check out this article (big hat-tip to Darrin for the link)." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • David Ogilvy's Timeless Principles of Creative Management - Brain Pickings. "A beautiful piece full of wisdom and insights from one of the original Mad Men. David Ogilvy was not only one of the founders of modern day advertising, but a creative spirit. But, here's the thing: I can't help wonder what he would think about the Publicis Omnicom merger news and the current state of advertising as we have seen it. Is advertising still the intersection of creativity and commerce, or has the money truly taken over? If you listen to a slew of the world's top Chief Marketing Officers and agency leaders, it has become rare to hear them talk about the creative craft of advertising. Lately, it feels like data is the new creative. I often wonder what David Ogilvy might say about this... and what this industry has become." (Mitch for Hugh).

Now it's your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.

By Mitch Joel

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