The End of Higher Education’s Golden Age. Clay Shirky’s fan­tas­tic post about the costs and struc­tural insta­bil­ity of our cur­rent higher edu­ca­tion model. The last line is killer:

Arguing that we need to keep the cur­rent sys­tem going just long enough to get the sub­sidy the world owes us is really just a way of pre­serv­ing an arrange­ment that works well for elites—tenured pro­fes­sors, rich stu­dents, endowed institutions—but increas­ingly badly for every­one else.

What blog­ging was:

A home page was a paint­ing, a statue. My blog was me. My blog was the Web equiv­a­lent of my body. Being-on-the-Web was turn­ing out to be even more impor­tant and more fun than we’d thought it would be.

I had a fun time talk­ing with Scott Tran about the sup­port team at Automattic. The pod­cast is about 40 min­utes and we cov­ered every­thing from hir­ing to team struc­ture to the type of cul­ture we value. It’s live now over on Scott’s site.

This was my first time record­ing a pod­cast and it was a lot of fun. Scott has other inter­views that focus on sup­port at com­pa­nies like Basecamp, Olark, and Zapier. If you’re inter­ested you should give them a listen.

How to break the stran­gle­hold of aca­d­e­mics on crit­i­cal think­ing:

more than ever, intel­lec­tu­als should learn from the move­ments from below. This means not only sup­port­ing them “from out­side” once they have occurred, as many have done, but con­ceiv­ing of one’s intel­lec­tual activ­ity as part and par­cel of a col­lec­tive intel­lec­tu­al­ity. Only then will the monop­oly of aca­d­e­mics on the pro­duc­tion of influ­en­tial crit­i­cal the­o­ries be broken.

The Pleasure and Pain of Speed. Nautilus arti­cle that looks at whether there are bio­log­i­cal thresh­olds to how fast our brain can process infor­ma­tion. Toward the end it con­sid­ers whether these thresh­olds are sta­tic or whether we’re adapt­ing to faster pro­cess­ing speeds over time.

Buckets and Vessels:

Notions of author­ity are not erod­ing. People will con­tinue to seek out and reward expert opin­ion. No one is storm­ing the prover­bial gates, and there are still plenty of peo­ple who want to get inside them. What is hap­pen­ing instead is the cre­ation of a de facto, rather than de jure, cul­ture of cura­tion to deal with a world that has become more of an abun­dant present than a con­sid­ered past.