The professional networking platform showcases everything gone wrong with the attention economy

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Why we expect Google to find equally effective answers to ‘how to fix a broken sink’ and ‘how to fix a broken marriage’

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We’ve been thinking about the government’s finances all wrong

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What did I read?

The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy by Stephanie Kelton

So who’s this Stephanie Kelton?

Stephanie Kelton is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University. She is a former chief economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (Democratic Staff), and is a leading expert on Modern monetary theory (MMT), a macroeconomic framework about federal government spending.

Give me the 30-second sell.

There’s a longstanding myth that’s holding back the U.S…


How Big Tech made it harder for working artists to make a living

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What did I read?

The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech by William Deresiewicz.

So who’s this William Deresiewicz?

Deresiewicz is an essayist and critic and a former professor of English at Yale. He’s also the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life and A Jane Austen Education.

Give me the 30-second sell.

Working artists are in trouble. Now, that’s not what…

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How to Scale a Small Business

As a budding entrepreneur, you probably feel ready to take on the world — to scale a business that goes on to become wildly overvalued while exploiting loopholes in our nation’s labor laws.

You’ll fly higher without it.

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