Sunday 12.16.2018 New York Times Digest

1. Is Geotagging on Instagram Ruining Natural Wonders?

“Conservationists are concerned that photographers who geotag their precise locations are putting fragile ecosystems and wild animals at risk. As a defense, they are asking tourists to stop.”

2. Trail Blazers’ Game-Day Posters Are Often First Shot Against Opponents

“For each home game since the start of last season, the Blazers have commissioned an artist from the Portland area to design a 12-inch-by-18-inch game-day poster, basically in the style of old rock concert posters. Each includes the date of the game and the opponent, but the artwork is the star attraction.”

3. Forget the Suburbs, It’s Country or Bust

“Former city people might find themselves chopping wood (even owning multiple axes), growing some of their own food, heating their homes with wood stoves or learning to spot signs of wildlife, like the marks a buck makes when it rubs its antlers against a tree. At parties, they say, people talk about swimming holes and nature hikes rather than what they do for a living, and gathering around a firepit is as commonplace as a Manhattan power lunch.”

4. Is Environmentalism Just for Rich People?

“The well-off aren’t the only ones who care about climate change and the environment. Yet in many of today’s capitalist democracies, class and status resentments, fostered by rampant inequality and whipped up by opportunistic politicians, have developed to such an extent that issues like the environment that affect everyone are increasingly seen through the lens of group conflict and partisan struggle.”

5. Internet Church Isn’t Really Church

“Live-streaming church services is nothing new, and churches have been making and selling recordings of their sermons ever since the advent of cassette tapes. The intention behind live-streaming services — to make church, and its attendant benefits of community, prayer and worship, available to everyone with a smartphone — is a good one. But it presumes that God is primarily present to us one on one, as individuals, rather than as a community of believers. This is not what the Bible says.”

6. The Pedestrian Strikes Back

“Cities and their streets are about people, not cars, and all urban design should think first about the only transit equipment that comes factory-standard for the average human being — our feet.”

7. I Got Rejected 101 Times

“Writing jobs, script contests, auditions, magazine pitches, comedy festivals — the turndowns piled up. I’d convinced myself that this experiment would shield me from the pain of individual rejections, and guess what? It didn’t.”

8. How to Be More Resilient

“It seems resilience is related to brain connectivity.”

9. Survival of the Sneakiest

“The biological world also offers a panoply of cases in which a seemingly winning tactic — often involving high levels of aggression — is paradoxically undone by its own success, resulting in a balance between the assertive and the downright meek.”

10. Are You Ready for the Financial Crisis of 2019?

“Here are five popular doom-and-gloom scenarios.”

10. Checking In? No Thanks. I’m Just Here to Use the Wi-Fi.

“In the past handful of years, hotels have started to create lobbies and common spaces that are a destination in themselves for both guests and locals.”

11. Who’s Living in a ‘Bubble’?

“It’s obvious that Americans live in social bubbles — living and talking in circles divided by economics, race, ideology, geography, taste and so on. The problem arises as soon as you try to differentiate those that constitute real ‘bubbles’ — which is to say, self-reinforcing spheres of blindness or irrationality — from those that might just as easily be called ‘cultures’ or ‘communities,’ groups of people who share experiences and convictions.”

12. What Happens When Facebook Goes the Way of Myspace?

“Your Myspace profile might be mostly gone, but Myspace’s profile of you may have been haunting you, through targeted ads around the web, ever since.”

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