Links (Week of September 13)

This week saw a lot of great writing around the web. Let's get to it, shall we?

  • The relationship between readers and writers is an oft-debated subject these days. Mostly, the responsibilities of journalists are discussed. What, though, are the responsibilities of readers? Journalists tell Brendan Fitzgerald what readers should demand of them.

  • Facebook makes us unhappy. It also makes us happy. So many of these reports come out that it takes a titan of the field to break it down in a comprehensible way- and in this New Yorker piece, that's precisely what Maria Konnikova does.

  • The New Yorker makes yet another appearance here, this time from the pen of Tim Wu, who explains that modern computers aren built to fight against, not with, our brain's capabilities.

  • Pop culture is a strange phenomenon. What becomes popular, and how? One thing's certain: the qualifications for popularity change, and modern technology has a lot to say about what's popular these days.

  • Failure, when I was a kid, was frowned upon. Now, it seems as if failure is worn as a badge of honor in the tech community. That failure is losing its stigma has its benefits, but, according to Erika Hall, the flip side of the coin is that it kills innovation.

  • I'll leave you this week with a positive (and fantastic) story from Matt Alexander, guest posting on Stephen Hackett's 512 Pixels .

As always, Links can be read as a Readlist if you'd like to download it to your Kindle or mobile device. Have a great weekend, readers.