Creativity

Creativity and alone time in the pandemic

This post has taken me months to write.

It’s not like I’ve been slogging over it, crafting every word and rewriting it a hundred times until it’s just so. Rather, it’s been written in short bursts. Just a sentence here, a sentence there, and then a long period of rest until I had time to pick it up and stitch it all together.

For me, this is just how creativity happens in a pandemic.

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Creativity

Creativity, Instagram, and The Social Dilemma

I didn’t know much about the Netflix film The Social Dilemma before watching it, except I’d heard it would probably make me swear off social media forever.

That wouldn’t be hard for me, at this point. There’s this episode of Vanity Fair’s Inside the Hive podcast, entitled “How Evil is Silicon Valley?” that made me uninstall the Facebook app right after listening, and has haunted me ever since. The impact of social media on our lives is not a new topic for me.

Just a few minutes into the film, and I learned that The Social Dilemma reworks and extends many of the ideas from that podcast, even featuring the same guest, Tristan Harris. I was hooked.

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