Links for the Week of November 22

This week's Links takes on distinctly big-picture view, as many writers have begun to wonder how the web is shaping conversations that have been at the center of the human experience for as long as humans have existed. Plus, a long-time Windows user realizes Windows kinda sucks now.

  • What's it like to work in the "intellectual red light district?" Marie Myung-Ok Lee gives a glimpse of the answer through the eyes of a writer, but the lessons apply more widely.

  • Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has all but given up on Windows. Why does that matter? Simple: his reasoning is sound, and offers an opportunity to force us to think about our own computing habits.

  • Death has been, arguably, the central subject of philosophy for thousands of years, but the topic has seen a resurrection (forgive the pun) of late. Patrick Stokes wants to know how Facebook is affecting the conversation.

  • Facebook is also affecting the openness and vulnerability of teenage boys.

  • What the internet was and what the internet is are two very different things, and not always for the better. Sue Halpern presents an intricate history of the internet.

  • This last link should not—I repeat, should not—be read in any format other than the original. If you're reading on a Kindle, or on Readmill, or Instapaper, or Pocket, grab your phone or tablet or laptop, open this in your browser, and enjoy the delicious musings and design of Frank Chimero as he ponders what it means to make digital things.

That's all for now, guys. As always, you can download this as a Readlist should you care to download it to your Kindle, iOS or Android device, or Readmill. Happy reading, and I'll see you next week.