What Happens When Athletes Do the Sportswriting?
Projecting The Players’ Tribune model forward, we can imagine a world in which athletes simply don’t need to talk to reporters, in an echo of what feels like the unstoppable atomization of all news and information. Politicians, TV showrunners, labor-union leaders: theoretically The Players’ Tribune platform is replicable for any public professional. In the future, perhaps, every last person will get to broadcast his or her own particular worldview, free of objectivity, on a bespoke, partisan media organ, with slick photography and design. And it will be up to us to decide what version of the truth we want to believe.
Fashion, as you know and as your readers definitely know, is fraught with issues of affordability and audience stuff, and we're trying to be very thoughtful about how we write for people and when we write for them.
Phil Kirschner, the director of workplace strategy, describes a future in which someone could check into any WeWork in the world and sit at a desk that automatically adjusted to the right height.
But acclaim for this feels like proof that if nothing a woman spends money on can seem to be right, nothing a man spends money on can seem to be wrong.
The most important period for men in forming their adult tastes were the ages 13 to 16.
What about women? On average, their favorite songs came out when they were 13. The most important period for women were the ages 11 to 14.
We’re in a period of awakening now. It is not worse today than it was five years ago. We’re just more aware. And five years from now this outrage will have been a factor in making things better than five years ago, when it was hidden.
“Even in novices we saw a relative deactivation across the brain – like the brain was saying, Oh thank God I can let go. I don’t have to do stuff, I don’t have to do all this high energy maintenance of myself. One interpretation of that – and there are many others – is that the brain knows what it needs to do. It’s a very efficient machine; we just have to stop getting in the way.”
And “if you leave your family group, it’s looked at as a terrible thing to do,” Mathew, the sociologist, said. “It’s like choosing to leave your family.”
The real threat to our sanity isn’t skin care, bitcoin, or social media; it’s certainty.
Mayer’s retreat has largely achieved its intentions. The swagger is gone; his name is no longer immediate pop culture shorthand for “dickish pop star.” The West did its work: It shut him up, extracted him from passive dynamics of contemporary celebrity, allowed him to regain control over his image and what it meant. For Mayer, moving West meant regaining mastery — even if each of his three post-Montana albums has sold less than the one before it.
“For all intents and purposes WeChat is your phone, and to a far greater extent in China than anywhere else, your phone is everything,”
Pain is information, as I would say to my yoga students at the time, and my writing students also. Pain has a story to tell you. But you have to listen to it. As is often the case, I was teaching what I also needed to learn.
In all these mutually reinforcing ways, work increasingly forms our routines and psyches, and squeezes out other influences. As Joanna Biggs put it in her quietly disturbing 2015 book All Day Long: A Portrait of Britain at Work, “Work is … how we give our lives meaning when religion, party politics and community fall away.”
If you ever told me that I could not only survive Jamie’s death, but also figure out how to be kinder to myself and better about addressing anxiety in the process, I would never believe you — not in a million years. But I’m doing it.
But we have “good evidence,” Holt-Lunstad says, that a loneliness epidemic is developing in the United States, too — and the U.S. should consider following Britain’s lead in making loneliness a public-health priority.
Through these two women’s trajectories, OutCast has built what tech is today. If Wennmachers landed one of the most influential marketing jobs in tech, Marooney snagged another: Today, she is Facebook’s global head of communications.
The phenomenon of female anger has often been turned against itself, the figure of the angry woman reframed as threat — not the one who has been harmed, but the one bent on harming
The biggest challenge is that when you become a C.E.O., you effectively step inside a bubble
There is a great deal of money to be made by those who diagnose and treat our fears of inadequacy;
“I mean, that’s what’s interesting about this moment in time, since Donald Trump is the main character in all of our lives.”
This Black Mirror episode suggests that while some big tech names, like Bill Gates and Elon Musk, worry about a superintelligent AI enslaving or destroying humanity, the more immediate threat is human beings, who misuse modern tools every day to manipulate and harm people in ways an AI would never dream of. Humanity has desires and impulses that would make no sense to even the most sadistic piece of software.
Black Mirror is most comfortable when it’s suspicious of technology, but it’s sharpest when it examines distinctly human anxieties
I was never actually present for any of it. It was like I was on autopilot doing all the things a well-rounded human should do and suppressing the urge to scream, or collapse, or both.
A big part of our jobs, as mature adult human beings, is figuring out who we are and what we value WITHOUT falling back on a million and one inaccurate and clumsy stories told by other people who know us about as well as a fucking squirrel knows the moon.
But with her appointment, Condé Nast is signaling, once again, that it is barreling headlong into the digital age — if as much to reach its screen-obsessed consumers as by the financial realities of the magazine industry.
There is, to begin with, constant tension, an overarching sense of pressure associated with the thought that there’s something that needs to be done, always something I’m supposed to be doing right now.