The Tyranny of Convenience - Stuff We Like #11

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As power and influence skews younger and younger, societies and cultures will have to reckon with their failure to care for those who are older. As we care more about building technological marvels, we will have to reckon with leaving behind human beings. This is not something unique to Western cultures but a worldwide problem. What happens when we stop caring for people as people?

The Tyranny of Convenience, by Tim Wu

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How we are the generation that comes closest to both having our cake and eating it too and how that's totally destroying us. Amazing how the more convenient life is, how much more difficult it ends up becoming.

Books I Like

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

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A glimpse into a world that is totally foreign to me in a lot of ways yet brings greater understanding on many different levels. An easy read that helped me see why it's so hard for the poor to get out of poverty, both because of pressure they place on their own as well as systemic oppression by others that keep them there. People in the Bay Area can often get myopic about America and this book reminds us there's a whole lotta country out there filled with very different people who are made in God's image.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua

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From a book I could not possibly understand to one that could've been my biography were I a girl. I didn't have a tiger mom but a tiger dad and so many of the experiences of the author's daughters are similar to my own. Some made me laugh, some came uncomfortably close. A reminder that so much of who we are is a product of how we're raised and a challenge that there are no magic bullets for being parents. What was missing though in this book and is necessary for all parents and children? Grace.

Movies I Like

Ready Player One

If you love nostalgia and you're a child who devoured pop culture in the '90s, this is your movie. It's a movie set in the far future that happens to be a time machine to the past. Not particularly deep, not a ton to think about, but great for grabbing a tub of popcorn and enjoying the ride. Of particular fun is the tie in to a classic horror movie! So well done.