Farhad Manjoo recently wrote a great New York Times opinion piece about Elizabeth Warren that is definitely worth reading.
Whatever your politics, pull out your phone, pour yourself a cup of tea, and set aside an hour to at least read Warren’s plans. You’ll see that on just about every grave threat facing Americans today, she offers a plausible theory of the problem and a creative and comprehensive vision for how to address it.
Annie Lowrey, writer at The Atlantic, recently wrote about overcrowding at popular travel destinations.
A confluence of macroeconomic factors and changing business trends have led more tourists crowding to popular destinations. That has led to environmental degradation, dangerous conditions, and the immiseration and pricing-out of locals in many places. And it has cities around the world asking one question: Is there anything to be done about being too popular?
As someone who travels a few times a year, I do my best to be respectful of the areas I visit and to the people who live there. If more people took this approach and some of the ideas in the article were implemented, tourist hotspots might be less impacted by overcrowding.
According to WHO, burnout is characterized by "feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one's job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and reduced professional efficacy." ... "People who feel burnout are finally fully recognized as having a severe issue," [Torsten Voigt] says. The new definition may be a step toward making it easier for people to get help, at least in some European countries, where health professionals rely on the ICD, he says.
Over at The New Yorker, Cal Newport, one of my favorite authors and bloggers, has a great article about the IndieWeb movement and its goal of having users own their own content instead of major tech corporations.
Proponents of the IndieWeb offer a fairly straightforward analysis of our current social-media crisis. They frame it in terms of a single question: Who owns the servers? The bulk of our online activity takes places on servers owned by a small number of massive companies. Servers cost money to run. If you're using a company's servers without paying for the privilege, then that company must be finding other ways to 'extract value'' from you'and it's that quest for large-scale value extraction, they argue, that leads directly to the crises of compromised privacy and engineered addictiveness with which we're currently grappling.
The Los Angeles Times has a great piece on Kim Irvine, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering, covering how she has stewarded Disneyland through many changes, all while making certain the park doesn't lose sight of its heritage.
[Irvine] also never stops thinking of ways to use these large-scale projects to enhance the park or bring back something that has been lost, be it seating and dining in an underused area of Adventureland, returning original narration to Pirates of the Caribbean or lessening the blow of a shortened Rivers of America by creating a lush landscape full of waterfalls, a goal since she and others lost the battle to save the waterfall associated with the Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland, an early Frontierland attraction.