I use a trick with co-workers when we’re trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald’s. An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can’t possibly go to McDonald’s, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic!Medium writer Jon Bell • Offering a brilliant suggestion on how to get people to make a decision on something. If it’s not obvious yet, the secret here isn’t the McDonald’s part. “There’s no defined process for all creative work, but I’ve come to believe that all creative endeavors share one thing: the second step is easier than the first,” he continues. This man is clearly a genius. (ht @Ricktagious)
bronze-by-gold said: Brilliant? In what universe? Student loans are often used to cover living expenses while in school, and using poorly paid TAs to reduce the cost of education is exploitative.
» SFB says: The argument Cuban is making is one of efficiency. I think the idea that he’s getting at is that the price of college has gotten more expensive because student loans are easy to get. It artificially raises prices for such things like living expenses, forcing the need for more expensive loans. By limiting their spiraling cost, it forces the market value of an education down. Obviously, there is more that goes into it than that, but when schools don’t become so reliant on money that no longer exists, artificially-inflated products — say, $200 textbooks for subjects thousands of students take — will become less justifiable. Would it be perfect? No. But it’s an interesting idea that could easily be built upon. (Also worth reading is this argument against Cuban’s idea, which makes a valid argument that he’s not taking every element into account.) — Ernie @ SFB
“Tumblr’s Egypt hash tag has been a very beneficial resource for many of us during the Egyptian revolution, but I wonder if we need more tags. Maybe Yemen, Algeria or even better a general revolution tag?”
To the last suggestion: Absolutely not. These are diverse people with diverse grievances and challenges. We shouldn’t use a metadata tag to curate an experience for people who like “revolution” and want to see it all in one place in their Tumblr dashboard.
Seconded on the “revolution” tag. But it’s an interesting point to think about broadening this for other news events.
I could understand there might be terminology issues, and can be played around with to remove any sensitivity. My intention was to broaden the Egypt tag as this phenomenon isn’t local anymore. I am sure tumblr could figure something out.
Honestly, I’d like to see something like this every week or every other week for the big news story of the moment. #healthcare, #sotu, #giffords, #mideast, #grammys and so on. I think that every week there is a big zeitgesty thing that grabs the cultural consciousness, and it’s a matter of 1) figuring out what it is and 2) seizing the moment.