Sunday 12.22.2019 New York Times Digest

1. Beautiful. Violent. American. The N.F.L. at 100.

“The game taps into deep and abiding strains of dominant American culture. The N.F.L. appeals, paradoxically, both to the American veneration of toughness and to the American love of organization and management.”

2. The Decade Tech Lost Its Way

“When the decade began, tech meant promise — cars that could drive themselves, social networks that could take down dictators. It connected us in ways we could barely imagine. But somewhere along the way, the flaws of technology became abundantly clear. What happened?”

3. Short-Term Thinking Is Poisoning American Business

“The ethos of move fast and break things, which has defined a generation of start-ups, is not the mantra of long-term investors. It is the clarion call of speculators, who fully expect to get out before any of their own things can get broken.”

4. Men Are in Trouble and Hollywood Wants to Help

“Hollywood has long had its own ideas on the subject, telling us that men want power, success, money, women, camaraderie, a good smoke, a fast car, a hero’s journey, a valiant return. This year, movie after movie … has also told us that men want, or rather desperately need, better life goals, greater self-awareness and deeper, more authentic relationships.”

5. Kumail Nanjiani and the Twilight of the Schlubs

“Even everymen are now supermen.”

6. Design That’s Got Users in Mind

“Successful products often give people what they’ve wanted all along without realizing it, rather than what they say they want.”

7. Letter of Recommendation: Cheap Sushi

“Connoisseurs complain that mediocre sushi is ubiquitous. Well, so is nirvana.”

8. Is Screen Time Really Bad for Kids?

“‘Screen time’ today can range from texting friends to using social media to passively watching videos to memorizing notes for class — all very different experiences with potentially very different effects.”

9. The Movement to Bring Death Closer

“Don’t cover the dead body immediately, and resist leaving the room. Slow down. Pay attention. Look.”

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