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Productive Procrastination CW 1/2018


Productive Procrastination

January 7 · Issue #30 · View online

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Welcome back,
I hope you made it safe and sound into 2018. I hit the ground running, being back at the office on January 2nd. This month is going to be packed with lots of lectures for the master’s program and a more than usual client projects spillover from 2017, which is excellent. Thus I will be mostly going dark on social media until the semester is over, but will try to send out this newsletter as often as feasible. Here‘s to a month of being forced to focus. Now, if only I would have resisted the last Verso sale and didn‘t order another stack of books …

What I’m reading
Streetwear is one of those fields that I keep a close eye on for inspiration and insight because it’s usually pretty early to broader trends. The Hundreds is a Californian brand, and I’ve been following its founder Bobby Hundreds for a couple of years now. He’s one of the smartest thinkers I know, so when he publishes a state of the industry essay, I better read it.
What I'm listening to
What I'm thinking about
We study history not to know the future but to widen our horizons, to understand that our present situation is neither natural nor inevitable and that we consequently have many more possibilities before us that we imagine.
– Harari in Sapiens
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.
– Hannah Arendt, quoted by Jay Rosen
I’ve read a couple of personal 2017 reviews, and most of them featured a version of this sentence: “Actually, it was quite an excellent year for me personally…” When excluding all the shit going on in politics, media, tech, etc., a lot of people – including me – did rather well. Exciting projects, new relationships and opportunities. Meanwhile, our minds are occupied with a world on fire, as we should be. I don‘t know what to make of this cognitive dissonance or what it will lead to, but it is a signal I picked up.
To study the politics of infrastructure is to study the political ideas that get built into the design process, and the infrastructure’s impact on the political possibilities of the communities that engage it.
– Fred Turner in an interview I highly recommend
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