Daily Dish 072318

LINK: Smartphone addiction: big tech’s balancing act over responsibility and revenue  [FT]

 Dr Greenfield also questions whether the companies are introducing the measures simply to improve their own image, in the face of shareholder and public criticism. “It is hard not to be a little sceptical about their intentions,” he says, adding that the problem has been around for a long time — he wrote his first book on tech addiction in 1999 — but the companies have taken 20 years to respond.

 

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming [Guardian]

The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read the


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The Prada Flame Shirt Is Performance Art  [NewYorker]

It belongs not to any one season but to a years-long period of decadence characterized by the parallel trends of street-stylish elegance and proudly obstinate ugliness.