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Content as moat (1/2)

Speaking of moats and of Twitter threads, this one: The broad point is that the Internet made physical-world distribution moats irrelevant. And paid markets on search/social levelled the playing field online, which meant that prices have gone up, yields have … Continue reading

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Twitter threads as blog posts

Twitter threads are mini blog posts on specific topics. It’s interesting because they often start as responses or re-tweets of other tweets, a sort of branching-out in an organic way not possible on blogs. Since the Twitter in-app view of … Continue reading

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Colour TV comes to India

From this fascinating article from February 1982: Television has spread slowly in India. Thirteen years lapsed between the opening of the first station in Delhi in 1959 and the second in Bombay, India’s commercial capital. Ten cities now have their … Continue reading

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Work as an end in itself

My bet is that any move towards a four day work week especially in the white collar sectors, is going to be stymied by employees themselves, because of this “We value work more than any other culture in the history … Continue reading

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Import substitution and India’s fountain pen industry

This article in the Mint newspaper describes how wave after wave of regulation designed to protect domestic industry ended up mostly unmaking it, particularly for fountain pens – an instrument dear to me. Makes for interesting, unfortunate reading: Fountain pens … Continue reading

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Long tail of search

This comment on Hacker News I would add new ways of searching in Internet. If I searched for food recipes in the 2000s I would find independent blogs with some real local/family taste. Now I have a hundreds of results … Continue reading

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On luxury

We value luxury goods not just because of the sensory experience or because of their use in value signalling, but also because we value their histories. When The Supper at Emmaus was thought to have been painted by Vermeer, it … Continue reading

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Invidious Comparison

For pre-industrial predatory barbarians, it was pretty clear who stood where: you just counted slaves and acres. For industrial society, though, there is no obvious way to rate predatory barbarians except to see where they shop and what they buy. … Continue reading

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Time span perspective

From Wait But Why: As for you, if you’re 60 or older, you were born closer to the 1800s than today. Today’s 35-year-olds were born closer to the 1940s than to today. But also … the world wars were pretty … Continue reading

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Paper and digital book libraries

An article on reading electronically from ten years ago, when the iPad was mere months old and the Kindle three years old. I understand the e-book’s imperfections and limits, and monitor the arguments that it will end publishing or save … Continue reading

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